Gator Locker Room
Gator Ticket Office

Women's Basketball Headline

Jennifer George became the 17th different Gator selected in the WNBA Draft.

Monday April 15, 2013UF's Jennifer George Selected by Indiana Fever in WNBA Draft

Gainesville, Fla.

Jennifer George became the 17th different Gator selected in the WNBA Draft.

The University of Florida’s Jennifer George was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the 2013 WNBA Draft.

 

The defending WNBA champions made the 6-0 forward the ninth pick of the third round, as George became the 17th different Gator drafted to the U.S. professional women’s basketball league.

 

“I’m so excited,” George shared. “(UF head coach Amanda Butler) got a text from someone in the organization saying they were going to draft me so I got a moment to soak everything in but I don’t think it has. I just can’t believe it. It is really a dream come true. I know I have a lot of work in front of me to make the team, but this moment is one that I’m going to enjoy for a very long time. It’s a dream. Being drafted in the WNBA is a dream.”

 

George, who was the only senior on the 2012-13 roster was a voted to the 2013 All-Southeastern Conference Defensive Team, as well as to the All-SEC Second team by the league’s coaches, who recognized her as a first-team performer in 2012.

 

She ran into a bit of bad luck during her senior year, when she dislocated her right shoulder during the Jan. 6 game against LSU and reinjured it on January 13 against Tennessee. The injury hampered her but didn’t prevent the tough forward from being Florida’s leader in rebounding (6.8 rpg), blocks (56) and steals (66), while ranking second for field goal percentage (47.0 percent) and third for scoring (11.0 ppg). Among all SEC athletes (all games), George ranked No. 9 for rebounding, No. 3 for blocked shots, No. 13 for steals and No. 5 for defensive rebounds.

 

George capped her four-year Florida career in the record book ranked No. 1 with 135 games played, No. 17 with 1,257 points, No. 7 with 915 rebounds, No. 4 with 191 blocked shots, tied for No. 8 with 28 double-doubles, No. 10 with 3,181 minutes played, No. 10 with 418 free throws attempted, No. 13 with 171 steals, No. 13 with a 51.4 field goal percentage (511-994) and No. 16 with 511 made field goals.

 

“I think everybody who has ever seen her play can appreciate Jennifer’s ability on the court, not just this January and February when she was banged up, but her entire career and what she can add to an organization,” Butler said. “She worked hard her entire career for this opportunity and we’re happy for her.”

 

George, who is originally from Orlando and her family moved to California during the summer of 2010, was one of seven players from the SEC selected in the 2013 WNBA Draft, including Georgia’s Jasmine Hassell, who also was picked up by Indiana, which made California’s Layshia Clarendon its first-round selection.

 

Other SEC athletes selected in the 2013 WNBA Draft included Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone at No. 5 overall, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies at No. 10, Tennessee’s Kamiko Williams at No. 15 and Georgia’s Jasmine James and Anne Marie Armstrong at No. 30 and 31, respectively.

 

The SEC has had at least one player taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft every year since it began in 1997.

 

George was UF’s leading scorer in a game 32 times, rebounder in 61 games and assists leader in nine games. She totaled 62 double-figure scoring games, six 20-point games, 32 double-figure rebounding games and 28 double-doubles.

 

The WNBA preseason begins on May 9 and the regular season launches May 24.

 

 

George’s complete bio

 

 

Gators Selected in Professional U.S. Drafts

 

Gator

Year

Team

Round

Overall

Bridget Pettis

1996

Denver (ABL)

-

alternate

Tammy Jackson

1996

Hartford (ABL)

8

60

DeLisha Milton

1997

Portland (ABL)

1

2

Bridget Pettis

1997

Phoenix Mercury

E*

-

Sophia Witherspoon

1997

New York Liberty

2

11

Merlakia Jones

1997

Cleveland Rockers

2

13

Tammy Jackson

1997

Houston Comets

2

16

Murriel Page

1998

Washington Mystics

1

3

DeLisha Milton

1999

Los Angeles Sparks

1

4

Tonya Washington

2000

Washington Mystics

2

18

Tiffany Travis

2000

Charlotte Sting

2

27

Tamara Stocks

2001

Washington Mystics

2

25

Tombi Bell

2001

Minnesota Lynx

3

39

Brandi McCain

2002

Cleveland Rockers

2

24

Monique Cardenas

2002

Portland Fire

4

53

Vanessa Hayden

2004

Minnesota Lynx

1

7

Tashia Morehead

2005

Washington Mystics

3

32

Dalila Eshe

2006

Seattle Storm

2

25

Sha Brooks

2009

Phoenix Mercury

3

31

Jennifer George

2013

Indiana Fever

3

33

 

E* - Elite Draft. (The 1997 WNBA Draft was the first in history of the league, and teams selected players in three different stages. On Jan. 22, 1997, the league assigned a total of 16 players - two to each team - in no particular order. On Feb. 27, 1997, the WNBA held its Elite Draft, where two additional players were assigned to each team, again in no particular order.)

 

 

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s basketball:

Official Website: www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FloridaWomensBasketball

Twitter: @GatorZoneWBK  and  @CoachButlerUF 

 

-##-

Florida Athletics - A Championship Experience with Integrity - Vision Statement
  • University of Florida
  • NCAA
  • Sun Sports / Fox Sports Florida
  • IMG
  • SEC on ESPN

© 1998 - 2014 University Athletic Assoc., Inc., Sun Sports & IMG College. All Rights Reserved.