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Monday, June 29, 2015

Former North Carolina Tar Heel Jessica Washington to join KU women’s team

Point guard from Tulsa was McDonald's All-American in high school

North Carolina's Jessica Washington (24) reacts following a basket against Liberty during the first half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 21, 2015. North Carolina won 71-65. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina's Jessica Washington (24) reacts following a basket against Liberty during the first half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 21, 2015. North Carolina won 71-65. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Former North Carolina basketball point guard Jessica Washington has decided to transfer to Kansas University, Washington has reported on Twitter and Instagram.

A 2013 McDonald’s All-American out of Tulsa’s Jenks High School, the 5-foot-8 Washington averaged 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds a game her sophomore season at UNC. She averaged 18.3 minutes a game in 35 games for the 26-9 Tar Heels.

She hit 37.4 percent of her floor shots and 36.4 percent of her threes (48 of 132) last season. She had 37 assists to 48 turnovers.

“As of today it’s official and I couldn’t be anymore excited. New journey with great group of people,” Washington wrote on Instagram.

Her initial tweet in announcing her choice was “JAYHAWKS #NewFamily KU.

Washington was ranked the No. 14 overall player nationally and No. 2 guard in her class her senior year of high school by HoopGurlz. She has two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2016-17. She must sit out next season in accordance with transfer rules.

When she announced plans to transfer in May, UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said: “Jessica is a very talented player and we wish her a successful next chapter in both her basketball career and in life. We appreciate the hard work she has put into our program over the last two seasons.”

First-year KU coach Brandon Schneider has not yet announced the transfer.

KU recently added transfer McKenzie Calvert, a 5-9 guard from USC. Calvert, who is from Steele High in Schertz, Texas, was ranked No. 15 nationally in the Class of 2014 by HoopGurlz. She has three years of eligibility remaining.

Comments

Ashwin Rao 2 years, 4 months ago

Love these new players coming in! Welcome to Lawrence, Washington!

Dirk Medema 2 years, 4 months ago

Ying to the Yang.

This is the flip-side to all the top recruits Bonnie brought in but couldn't keep. It bodes well for the programming.

Tho some have complained about Dr. Z, Coach Schneider and Coach Beatty seem to have the same personable characteristic that attracts quality players and coaches. It's not as evident in FB commits (yet), but it is evident in the significantly greater number of top recruits that are at least considering KU. I think both will end up being successful at KU and proving Dr Z's value to the ADept.

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 4 months ago

Coach Schneider is definitely hard at work improving the team. I got to meet Coach Beaty when he came to Denver, and he has lots of energy, loves his coaching staff. I liked his phrase, "Do it right, do it light, do it wrong, do it long."

These two hires so far are looking solid, and I am willing to give the football team a pass for this year as long as they are playing hard for the whole 60 minutes with lots of enthusiasm and pride.

Waylon Cook 2 years, 4 months ago

Also may not be done with possible transfers.

The really exciting thing is they get a year under Brandon before they take the court. When Brandon was at ESU teams struggled to get it across half court at times. These are talented guards as is Aldridge. His teams are fun to watch.

KU will NOT lose the games that we should have won in the past. The Big 12 as a whole is down right now and could be perfect time to establish pecking order.

Said it doing the hiring process. Brandon IS THE guy to make KU wbb special.

FUTURE IS BRIGHT.

Gerry Butler 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree 100 %Dirk. I have stated on some other sites, concerning the football program that like you say whether we get them to commit or not, at least we are getting some talented players to at LEAST come pay a visit to the campus, where as before we wouldn't even begin to see the time of day with these kids. We are getting some 4 star and even 5 star kids at least giving some consideration of visiting, or actually visiting now, see nothing but good things on the horizon for the guys. the key element is TIME, PATIENCE people, this isn't happening overnight we know his. Now starting to see some sunshine on the ladies basketball team I pull so badly for the ladies, I know they want success just as bad as the mens team. I think again IN TIME our new coach has a good chance of getting things turned around, now's the time for us as a fan base to really get behind the ladies, and show that we ALSO CARE about our lady Jayhawks. ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

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