Caira Washington Invited to Mystics Training Camp
Training camp opens on Sunday
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's basketball forward Caira Washington will attend the WNBA's Washington Mystics' training camp beginning this Sunday.
The 6-foot-2 forward garnered Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honors after a standout senior season that saw her average 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds across 26 games.
"Caira has proven throughout her college career that she is one of the best post players in the country," said head coach Jennifer Rizzotti. "I'm so thrilled for her that she is being recognized as a young talent that has future potential to play in the WNBA. I know she will compete every day on both ends of the court while also being grateful for the opportunity to play against the best in the world. She is a true example to the young girls in this area that hard work in the classroom, on the court and in the community can help make your dreams come true. We couldn't be more proud of her."
The Brandywine, Maryland, native started 124 of her 126 games played in her career and boasted career averages of 12.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. She is just the second player in program history with 1,000 points (1,234) and 1,000 rebounds (1,063). Washington concluded her career as a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection and a two-time pick to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, including the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player as a junior.
"I was overjoyed when I got the call from Coach Thibault," said Washington. "I don't think people realize how difficult it is to make a WNBA team, let alone get into a training camp. So, I feel very blessed for the opportunity to get my foot in the door. Training camp starts on Monday, but I was able to do some optional workouts this week. I feel confident going into camp and going to some of the workouts has helped. They've seen what I can do and I'm going to keep doing that and continue to work harder."
Washington has fueled the resurgence of GW women's basketball along with fellow seniors Shannon Cranshaw and Hannah Schaible. Together they have been a part of the fourth-winningest senior class in program history with 98 wins over four years including four straight postseason appearances, two NCAA tournament trips, three A-10 regular season titles and a pair of A-10 Tournament Championship crowns.
She recently participated in the ProHoops Combine during Final Four weekend in Dallas, Texas. The invitation-only combine is held to give college seniors a chance to play in front of professional coaches, scouts and general managers from the both the WNBA and international teams.
"We are happy to have Caira as part of our training camp," said Mystics General Manager Mike Thibault. "Her ability to defend, rebound, and run the floor in transition fits the style we hope to play. Her excellent college career did not go unnoticed. We look forward to seeing her compete against our veteran players."
The Mystics open training camp on Sunday, April 23, before embarking on a two-game preseason schedule beginning on May 2. The WNBA regular season begins Sunday, May 14, when the Mystics host the San Antonio Stars at the Verizon Center.
The Mystics have three regular season games scheduled against Jonquel Jones ('16) and the Connecticut Sun - May 31 (home), July 8 (away) and July 28 (home).
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