Jasmine Hassell Signs with Storm, Replaces Nakia Sanford

Jasmine Hassell Signs with Storm, Replaces Nakia Sanford

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130803_topstory_hassellJasmine Hassell has signed with the Storm, the team announced Friday. Hassell replaces Nakia Sanford on the Storm roster. Sanford requested to be released from her seven-day contract with the team.

“Jasmine is an athletic and mobile post player that we anticipate will fit our system well,” said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. “She has proven that she can be a competitive player in the WNBA. We are looking forward to adding Jasmine to our roster and working with her.”

Hassell was drafted by Indiana with the 21st overall pick (second round) in the 2013 WNBA Draft. In 12 games this season, Hassell is averaging 1.8 points per game, 1.3 rebounds per game, and 8.2 minutes per game.

“I am excited and honored for another opportunity to play for a great franchise and organization,” said Hassell. “I look forward to doing all I can to help make this team better and can’t wait to put on the Seattle jersey!”

The 6-2 forward is a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia where she was voted by coaches to the All-SEC first-team. In her senior year, she led the Lady Bulldogs to a 28-7 record and an elite eight appearance at the 2013 NCAA tournament.  She owns a No. 2 ranking in career games played at Georgia and finished at No. 21 in career points. A native of Lebanon, Tenn., she was the Tennessean’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a junior (2008) and senior (2009), leading Wilson Central to the state championship as a freshman and a junior.

The Storm hits the road for a match with Phoenix, Tuesday August 6. Seattle returns to KeyArena Friday August 9 against the San Antonio Silver Stars with tip at 7:00 p.m.

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