MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed guard Jacki Gemelos. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gemelos, 25, was originally selected by the Lynx in the 3rd round (31st overall) of the 2012 WNBA Draft. A 6-0 guard out of the University of Southern California, 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. Gemelos 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.
Prior to attending USC, Gemelos had a stellar high school career, 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. 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.