Former BYU Cougars women’s basketball star Jennifer Hamson recently made the announcement that she will not play professional basketball this summer -- stunning everyone who knows anything about the 6-foot-7 giant.
Jennifer Hamson was projected by her own coach Jeff Judkins to go somewhere in the first round of the WNBA Draft on Monday, April 14 -- perhaps even in the Top 10. But now -- because she made her intentions public -- nobody seems to know where she’ll end up.
The reason? Hamson -- who averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and had 147 blocked shots -- was given the green light by BYU officials to not only play in the WNBA this summer but also retain her eligibility to play college volleyball.
Even so, Jennifer Hamson told them she wouldn’t play pro basketball this summer -- because she was committed to her first love, volleyball. Besides, the U.S. college camp begins in July and that opportunity to perhaps play for the national team in the Rio Olympics was too hard for her to pass up.
That said, if you’re a WNBA team, do you pass on a once-in-a-lifetime talent who has extraordinary height, talents and potential -- given that she only picked up a basketball a few short years ago? Here are five reasons why if you’re a WNBA team, you do not pass on BYU Cougar center Jennifer Hamson.