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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

KU officially announces addition of transfer from UNC

Jessica Washington will sit out 2015-16 season

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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Kansas University on Tuesday officially announced that Jessica Washington, one of the top-ranked guards from the 2013 recruiting class, will transfer to KU from North Carolina.

“Jessica is a floor general with great vision and a high basketball IQ,” new KU coach Brandon Schneider said. “She is an outstanding playmaker who can create shots for both herself and her teammates. Her ability to stretch the defense with her range and play off the bounce make her a very tough cover. She’s exactly the type of addition we need as we strive to build our program into a perennial NCAA tournament participant.”

A 5-foot-8 guard, Washington was a 2013 McDonald’s All-America selection and ranked the No. 14 overall player and No. 2 guard in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz. She becomes the second KU women’s basketball player to earn McDonald’s All-American honors out of high school and first since 2003 when Lauren Ervin garnered the accolade.

Washington participated in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America game after averaging 23.8 points and 7.7 rebounds during her senior campaign at Jenks High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Last season, Washington played in 35 games for the Tar Heels and averaged 18.3 minutes per contest. She registered 7.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 37.4 percent from the field. Washington had 37 assists, 26 steals and three blocks as a sophomore, while connecting on 36.4 percent of her shots from beyond the arc.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Washington appeared in all 37 games and made 13 starts for North Carolina. She averaged 5.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She scored in double figures seven times, including a season-high 16 points in a road win at UCLA (11/17).

Washington will sit out during the 2015-16 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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