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Hoyas' Thomas Joins Free Agents Vying to Impress Mystics Brass

Wednesday, April 20, 2005; Page D02

Former Georgetown standout Sylita Thomas knew she was a long shot to make the Washington Mystics training camp roster when she showed up yesterday for the free agent tryout camp at MCI Center.

"I just came out to have a good time, get a good workout," Thomas said. "I haven't any expectations. After a year off, I can't expect much."

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Thomas was one of 21 players who showcased their talent before Mystics General Manager Linda Hargrove and assistant coaches Jeff House and Marynell Meadors. Several players were from the Washington area or attended local colleges, including Sonia Chase (University of Maryland), Deedee Warley (Maryland, St. John's High School), Antonieta Gabriel (Maryland) and Jocelyn Logan-Friend (University of Virginia, St. John's High).

Thomas, who graduated from Georgetown in 1999, played three years in Finland and two years in Spain before taking last season off to concentrate on her Internet business. Chase, who played at Maryland from 1995 to 1998, was drafted out of college by the Charlotte Sting and played two years in the WNBA before going overseas to play in Greece, China and Turkey.

After her four years at Maryland, Warley was drafted in 2002 by the New York Liberty. She eventually played overseas in Germany and Russia and lately served as an assistant coach with her high school team.

Hargrove said that at most two players would be invited to training camp, which begins Sunday.

"We'll sit down as a staff and we'll evaluate what we saw and what we liked and how any of these players might fit into what we're looking for," she said.

-- Kathy Orton

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