WNBA drafts UF’s George

Florida's Jennifer George sits on the bench in the overtime period after being injured in the first half of the game against Tennessee at the O'Connell Center on Jan. 13. The Gators lost to the Vols 78-75 in overtime.

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Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.

Florida’s Jennifer George was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the 2013 WNBA Draft on Monday night.

The defending WNBA champions made the 6-foot forward the ninth pick of the third round. George is the 17th former UF player 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, the only senior on the 2012-13 roster, was a voted to the All-SEC Defensive Team and to the All-SEC second team by the league’s coaches.

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 WNBA Draft, including Georgia’s Jasmine Hassell, who also was picked up by Indiana. Other SEC athletes selected include 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.

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