Alyssa Thomas is spending her offseason playing in Turkey for Yakin Dogu, where her teammates include Connecticut Sun center Kelsey Bone and former UConn star Tiffany Hayes.
During a break in the season, Thomas returned to the United States for a visit. This week, she took some time to answer questions.
What are you doing while you are home?
“I’m spending time with my family, watching my siblings play and getting some American food. That is much needed!”
Your sister’s high school team, Bishop McDevitt, won a first round District 3 Class AAA playoff game in Pennsylvania. How stressful was it sitting in the stands as a spectator?
“It’s tough to watch! In that game, it went down to the wire and they ended up winning by one point (48-47 over West York). They had so many chances to make it easier. A lot of people were surprised to see me because they know I was so busy, but it was nice to take the time to go out and support my sister.”
You are in your second offseason playing abroad. Last year you were in South Korea. Have you gotten adjusted to playing in foreign countries?
“I don’t mind being away. I enjoy the opportunity to see different places. People would kill to be able to go to different countries and see different places. I am grateful for the opportunity. I don’t think these are places I would personally choose to visit, so just being able to experience places I would not have chosen is cool.”
What is the team like in Turkey, and how is your game growing?
“The people are great there. My teammates are really nice people and they make me feel at home. I’m working on my jump shot, developing that mid-range shot, but also playing my game, getting up and down in transition.”
Are you starting to look ahead to your third WNBA season?
“I’m really excited. It’s a fresh year with healthy players and a new coaching staff. I think our potential is endless. We started off well last year. I hope this year we can carry it on throughout the season.”