The Los Angeles Sparks selected Brigham Young center Jennifer Hamson with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, it was announced by Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler.
The 6-7 center averaged 11.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 22.5 minutes in 122 games with the Cougars during her career. Last season, she became the first player in WCC history to be voted Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season, and was also an honorable mention All-American (AP) in the same year. She finished the year averaging a double-double with 17.7 points and 11.5 rebounds, and paced the Division (Div. I) in blocks with 4.2 blocks per game in 35 games.“We liked a lot of variables about Hamson and are thrilled she was available,” said Toler. “She is an all-around talented player who has a solid work ethic and defensive mindset. Her dominating inside game was a key factor in our decision to draft her.”During the 2012-13 season, she was named to the All-WCC First Team and ranked 12th in the Division in blocks (2.8 bpg). During her sophomore season, she paced the WCC in blocks (2.5 bpg) and field goal percentage (57.9 %).The Utah native spent three seasons playing volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter before redshirting last season in volleyball to focus on basketball. She will remain at BYU next fall to finish up her volleyball career before joining the Sparks 2015 training camp.
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