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Florida's Jennifer George selected in the WNBA Draft

Florida's Jennifer George, left, and Deana Allen, right, fight for a loose ball with Ohio State's Amber Stokes.

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Florida's Jennifer George, left, and Deana Allen, right, fight for a loose ball with Ohio State's Amber Stokes.



During a Monday morning press conference, Florida women's basketball coach Amanda Butler said she had received some indication that senior forward Jennifer George had a legitimate shot at being selected in the WNBA Draft.

Her sources turned out to be correct.

George was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round of the 2013 WNBA Draft Monday night.

“I’m so excited,” George said. “(Coach 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.”

Indiana is the defending WNBA champion. The Fever chose George, a 6-foot forward, as the ninth pick of the third round.

George is the 17th Gator drafted to the U.S. professional women’s basketball league.

George, who was the only senior on the 2012-13 roster, was selected to the 2013 All-SEC Defensive Team, as well as to the All-SEC Second team by the league’s coaches. She was an All-SEC first team selection in 2012, but was hampered by injuries most of this season.

George ended her career at Florida career having played more games than any other Gator women's player - 135. She finished No. 17 on the all-time scoring lise (1,257), 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.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:47am]


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