WNBA Player, Connecticut Sun
ESPN once called WNBA player Jasmine Thomas the glue that holds her team together. She knows how to rally her teammates to win games and is constantly looking at the bigger picture of group synergy. The Virginia native is in her fifth season with the Connecticut Sun and averages 10.9 points, 5.0 assists and 2.1 steals. She has played basketball overseas in countries including the Czeh Republic, Turkey, Italy and Poland.
Thomas has experienced major upheavals in her WNBA career. As a star player at Duke University, she was drafted by the Seattle Storm, but soon after traded to the Washington Mystics. Two years later she was traded to the Atlanta Dream then Connecticut, which she now calls home. Those constant shifts have kept her on her toes and made her a better player and leader. Off the court, Thomas is a passionate cook, homeowner, dog mom, and writes her own lifestyle blog, In Full Bloom.
When did you first get involved with sports?
When I started playing basketball at my local Rec center at 9 years old.
When did you realize that basketball was what you wanted to pursue?
I started basketball because my older brother played. I caught on fast and enjoyed it but it was just my way of making friends. I’m naturally competitive so the longer I played the more serious I got about getting better and winning. I made the decision to put all my time into being a great student-athlete so that I could play at an elite college. It wasn’t until college that I believed I could truly play professionally.
You were traded a few times before becoming a Connecticut Sun player. How did that process help build your tenacity? What do you love the most about playing with your team?
With each trade my confidence took a blow. Once I got settled in Connecticut it was the first place I felt like I could truly be myself and play my game. That’s honestly what I love most about playing with my team. We are a family. We challenge each other to come back better each season but in an environment that allows us to play free and feel valued.
What changes do you hope are made for the WNBA and women playing in the league?
Collectively, we’d like to see progressive changes in the player experience, health & wellness and salary & compensation. Increased salaries gets the most publicity but each of these areas of concern are extremely important to us. I want the WNBA to keep becoming more respectable and I believe with increased media coverage and a continued focus on marketing/branding that will happen.
What do you enjoy doing off the court?
Off the court, I enjoy getting a chance to be home around family and friends. But I also really enjoy traveling and experiencing new places.
Why did you start your blog and what do you love writing about the most?
I started my blog just as a way to keep busy overseas. I enjoy writing about my travel experiences the most but I also like writing about projects and recipes I find and try on Pinterest.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
That’s tough. I feel like between my blog and Instagram people get to see a lot about me as a person. But I guess people would be surprised to learn just how crafty I am. Whether it’s taking a basic item of clothing and customizing it or repurposing a flea market item, I can be pretty creative.
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