Jasmine Lee Inks Training Camp Contract With Defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx
April 23, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - Jasmine Lee, the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year, has signed a training camp contract with the WNBA defending champion Minnesota Lynx . She will report to camp, which begins on Sunday.
Lee averaged a double-double of 15.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this past season while helping the Tigers to a second place regular season finish in C-USA, a second-straight C-USA semifinal appearance and a second straight WNIT field appearance. In 66 career games at Memphis, Lee averaged 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game with 50 career starts. She was named a first team All-C-USA honoree following her senior season and was also named to the WBCA All-Region 4 Team.
The Bessemer, Ala., native came to the Tigers after playing her freshman and sophomore campaigns at the University of Georgia. After sitting out one year per NCAA transfer rules, she helped Memphis return to the WNIT for the first time since the 2004 season in her junior year, where the Tigers lost to Alabama in the first round. This year, Memphis won its first round opening game over Chattanooga and lost on the road at Missouri State, who was eliminated in the next round by eventual WNIT champions Oklahoma State, in the second round.
Lee was also named to the all-tournament team at St. Johns University this season after helping the Tigers to a championship game against the host Red Storm, where the Tigers lost by four points.
For her two year Tiger career, Lee scored 910 points with 610 rebounds and 41 blocked shots. She shot 50.2 percent from the field for her career and had double-digit rebounds in 32 games. In 2012, she posted 17 double-doubles, the most since 11-year WNBA veteran Tamika Whitmore posted 17 double-doubles in her junior campaign. Lee scored double-digit points in 46 of the 66 career games she played at Memphis and was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com All-High Major First Team.
Lee already has one college degree in hand, having graduated in May of 2011. She spent this past season working on a second bachelor's degree.
The Minnesota Lynx have two roster openings, but also drafted a draft-high six players, have added guard Erin Thorn in the off-season and also invited Purdue's Brittany Rayburn to camp on a training camp contract as well. Lee will be in camp at Minnesota with players such as Seimone Augustus, Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Maya Moore, Candice Wiggins and Lindsay Whalen. Whalen and Lee have one thing in common already - both have been coached by Melissa McFerrin. McFerrin coached Whalen while she was an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. Of the five players drafted by Minnesota in 2011, only two (2011 WNBA Rookie of the Year Maya Moore and forward Amber Harris) remain on the roster for this season.
WNBA clubs are looking for some depth for this coming season, which happens to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics. Teams will lose players who are competing on Team USA for up to a month. Minnesota features three Olympians (Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen).