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Maryland's Alyssa Thomas drafted in first round, traded to the Connecticut Sun
Maryland's Alyssa Thomas drafted in first round, traded to the Connecticut Sun

Former Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas was anxious. She arrived in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday alone in preparation for the WNBA draft. Her family arrived at 2 a.m. Monday after a four-and-a-half hour car ride, joining their daughter for the final moments of her journey to the professional ranks. As Thomas sat in the draft room, her fate was completely out of her hands. But she didn't have to feel that way for long. Only three picks came and went before WNBA president Laurel Richie announced Thomas' name as the fourth overall selection to the New York Liberty. But everyone in the room knew Thomas wasn't heading to the Big Apple. Just prior to the draft, the Liberty traded...

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