Widely regarded as the top recruit in the nation upon entering USC and one of the most skilled players in the game, sharpshooter and smooth ball-handler Jacki Gemelos overcame a string of knee injuries before returning to action in 2010 and establishing herself as a leader. Her final season was cut short with another knee injury, but she would go on to be drafted in the third round of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. Gemelos finished her USC playing career having played in 57 career games, averaging 11.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game with 66 three-pointers made (.384 average) and a 39.9 percent effort from the floor.
Gemelos started the first nine games of her final season at USC before suffering another season-ending knee injury during USC's Dec. 18. 2011 game at Texas A&M... Gemelos had scored in double figures in six of those games, with three double-figure rebounding efforts, including a double-double on Nov. 11 vs. Fresno State... She was named to the Naismith Award Early-Season Watch List to start the season, and secured Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention... She was averaging 11.0 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game entering the game in which she sustained her last knee injury... In her nine games played, Gemelos scored 99 points with 66 rebounds, 31 assist, 12 steals, seven blocks and 66 three-pointers made... Set new career highs with 11 rebounds at Gonzaga on Dec. 11 and seven assists vs. Gardner-Webb on Nov. 26.
For the first time in her USC career, Gemelos entered the season fully healthy and went on to play in every game for the Trojans... Received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention... Led the conference in 3-point percentage (42.4%)... Was third on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and second in 3-pointers with 52 made... Also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks per game... Set new career highs with 27 points at Fresno State on Dec. 29, hitting five 3-pointers and making 11 field goals in the game... Had a career-high five blocks vs. Oregon... Had three games with nine rebounds and two with six assists... Scored in double figures in 27 games, including a run of 11 straight double-digit games to end the year... Appeared in all 37 games and started 28... Named to Pac-10 All-Academic First Team with her 3.5 GPA in her first stretch of her master's program... Named a finalist for the V Foundation Comeback Award.
Following surgery to repair her left ACL in May 2009 and subsequent rehab, Gemelos played her first collegiate game on Feb. 4, 2010 at Cal... Had eight points, five rebounds and five assists in her career debut... Averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals per game, having appeared in all 11 games after returning to competition... Set her career scoring high with 13 points in three different games... First career block came at Oregon with a two-block outing... First career steal was at UCLA... Scored in doubles figures in four games.
Gemelos endured her third straight knee injury and missed another season of competition after tearing the ACL in her left knee just before the start of the 2008-09 season.
Gemelos was sidelined for her second straight season after suffering another tear to her ACL during the offseason.
Gemelos redshirted her first season in order to heal from a knee injury suffered at the close of her high school career.
Gemelos won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2011 World University Games.
Gemelos finished her high school career at St. Mary's High with 3,162 career points after averaging 39.2 points, 8.9 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game as a senior... In 2006, was named a McDonald's All-American, WBCA All-American, Miss Basketball of California... Named 2006 National Player of the Year by MaxPreps and Scout.com and runner-up for Player of the Year by Parade and Hoopgurlz.com... Stockton Record Player of the Year all four years... USA Today First Team selection in 2006 and Second Team in 2005... Parade first-teamer in 2005... Slam Magazine First Team selection in 2004 and 2005... Played club for East Bay Xplosion, NorCal Sparx and Valley Elite... Participated in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.
Jacqueline Ann Gemelos was born on Nov. 22, 1988, in Stockton, Calif.... The daughter of Linda and Steve, she has two sisters, Johnna and Zayna... Says Diana Taurasi is her biggest sports hero... Hopes to play in the WNBA and make the U.S. National Team... Would like to go skydiving one day... Has completed her bachelor's degree in sociology masters in gerontology.