MINNEAPOLIS — She was the best high school basketball player in the class of 2006. Seven years later and with five ACL reconstructions behind her, Jacki Gemelos has finally made it to the WNBA.
The Lynx announced Monday that they signed their third-round draft pick from the 2012 draft. Gemelos was picked 31st overall by the Lynx, and the 6-foot guard out of USC has spent the past year rehabbing from her most recent ACL tear.
Gemelos missed her first three collegiate seasons with knee injuries. The first she suffered at the end of her high school career, the second during the offseason before her sophomore year and the third before the start of the 2008-09 season.
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At USC, Gemelos had her most successful season in 2010-11, when she appeared in 37 games and aeveraged 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists. She shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range, leading the Pac-10, and she received an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention that season.
In her two other seasons of collegiate action, 2009-10 and 2011-12, Gemelos played in a total of 20 games, starting all nine in her final season on the team. Over the course of her three-season collegiate career, she averaged 11.0 points on 39.9 percent shooting.