As many have predicted since her breakout junior season with the Colonials in 2014-15, two-time Honorable Mention All-American Jonquel Jones was selected sixth overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in the first round of the 2016 WNBA Draft on Thursday evening. Jones was later traded to the Connecticut Sun.
GW’s first-ever first round pick, Jones finished her collegiate career ranking third all-time at GW in rebounds (961), fourth in scoring (15.4 ppg) and fifth in blocked shots (177). She also owns GW’s single-game and single-season rebounding records.
The 6-6 forward—who moved to the U.S. from Freeport, Bahamas, as a 14-year-old to play basketball—led the nation in rebounding (14.6 rpg) this season and ranked fourth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (16.2 ppg) and second in blocks (3.3 bpg). The only player in the conference to average a double-double for the third year in a row, she registered 18 double-doubles in 23 games played and finished her career with 54 in 84 total games.
Read “Jonquel’s Best Shot” to see how Jonquel Jones travelled 900 miles to become a top pick in this year’s WNBA Draft and one of the best players to ever suit up for GW Women’s Basketball.