The Minnesota Lynx have signed guard Jacki Gemelos, the team announced Monday. Pursuant to team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Known for her sharpshooting and smooth ball-handling, Gemelos was considered one of the hottest prospects in the country during her stellar high school career. After averaging 39.2 points, 8.9 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a senior at St. Mary’s High, she was named a McDonald’s All-American, WBCA All-American and Miss Basketball of California, including the 2006 National Player of the Year by MaxPreps and Scout.com.
The 6-0 guard went on to attend the University of Southern California, where her playing time was limited by a series of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and surgical repairs. Gemelos averaged 11.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in nine games as a senior in 2011-12 before suffering a season-ending knee injury, resulting in her fifth ACL reconstruction in six years.
Her most successful collegiate season was 2010-11, when Gemelos appeared in all 37 games (28 starts), averaging 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 30.6 minutes per game. She proved to be an elite three-point shooter, converting on 52-of-123 (.423) attempts from beyond the arc, leading the Pac-10 in three-point percentage. She received an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention for her play on the floor, while her 3.5 GPA earned her Pac-10 All-Academic First Team honors. In 2011, Gemelos won a gold medal with the USA Women’s World University Games team, appearing in all six games and averaging 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Gemelos was originally selected by the Lynx in the third round (31st overall) of the 2012 WNBA Draft, but sat out the 2012 season to rehab her most recent knee injury. The Lynx retained her rights during the rehabilitation process.
Source: Portions of this article were obtained from a Minnesota Lynx Media Release.