Former USC women's basketball player Jacki Gemelos was selected 31st overall by the Minnesota Lynx in today's WNBA draft, a remarkable step for the former national top prospect who has undergone five ACL reconstructions in the last six years.
Gemelos, a 6-0 guard, was named the 2006 National Player of the Year out of St. Mary's High in Stockton, Calif., but didn't make her collegiate debut until February 2010 because of various knee injuries. She eventually played in 57 total college games, including one full season in 2010-2011, and proved to be a lethal 3-point shooter and well-above-average rebounder despite the injuries.
She had been averaging 11.0 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists this past season before she suffering another knee injury Dec. 18 against Texas A&M.
Former USC guard Briana Gilbreath was also selected in the WNBA draft, also in the third round, 35th overall by the Washington Mystics. The Women of Troy now have 10 total WNBA selections in the league's 16-year history.