JJ voted in as All Star starter in WNBA.
 7/15/2017 9:29:48 PM      Replies: 12

xac7/11/2017 12:43:24 PM

Significant accomplishment. Way to go Jonquel!


bigfan7/11/2017 1:43:04 PM

Someday, she''ll get an entire paragraph in the non-briefs section of the paper.

But fawning front sports page story on Md. strength coach.


elj7/11/2017 1:56:45 PM

Super good news!  A first for any GW basketball player, in my memory at least.

And Bigfan, you're right on.


the dude7/11/2017 2:18:35 PM

Having a brilliant season, well earned honor for JJ.  Well, first NBA or WNBA All Star starter? Again, she's already the best pro hoops player GW has produced, as in level of play attained.


bc7/11/2017 2:23:47 PM

Congrats JJ!


rich maier7/11/2017 5:42:07 PM

Congrats JJ.


the other mg7/13/2017 12:04:59 AM

It's great that she has taken her game up a few notches from her great college career.  A tremendous accomplishment by JJ!


the dude7/13/2017 12:32:49 AM

JJ leads the WNBA in rebounding, but not just rebounding, both the leader in offensive rebounding AND defensive rebounding.  Add in that she's shooting 50% from 3.

She may not just end up GW's greatest pro hoops player, she may become one of the greatest in the history of her sport.


xac7/13/2017 10:14:15 AM

Some other information on JJ: During the off season, she went to Korea to hone her skills. The Korean Professional League hosts a number of WNBA players. Not only did JJ’s team win the K League championship (they were 33-2), JJ was the league’s MVP. Based on her performance, it was easy for WNBA coaches to predict a “breakout” year for JJ.

Despite her great stats so far, it’s amazing to see how much upside remains. The Connecticut Sun has been successful because of their system, which doesn’t feature any single player. JJ achieves performance without forcing things and by staying within the flow of the system. Despite being constantly doubled teamed, she has been able to lead the league in rebounding through unrelenting effort. After a recent victory against the Atlanta Dream, Dream coach Michael Cooper (former Laker ShowTime great) called JJ the “Moses Malone of the WNBA”. The Sun’s defense, which is a switching man-to man defense that frequently has JJ on the perimeter defending against 3 pointers and far away from the basket, makes her rebounding stats that more impressive.

JJ doesn’t have offensive post-up game (yet) of some of the other 4’s and 5’s in the WNBA (Fowles, Charles, Ogwumike, etc.). A lot of this is because of upper body strength (and need for more practice and experience). These players, who are 5-10 years older, know how to use their strength against to advantage. JJ gets a high number of shots blocked for a center, but almost all of them are from behind bay a secondary defender. Same could be said for her handle. Players like Delle Donne, Candace Parker, and Breanna Stewart have peaked in that area, but JJ has lots of room to get better in that respect. It’s been very exciting to watch her develop.


In case you have an interest in following her, the WNBA LeaguePass is a great deal. You can stream every Sun game live (or watch reruns) for $9.99 for the entire season. Even though have the season is over, this is still a good deal for the remaining 15 games. The Sun is a really good team to root for. They are unselfish, and every current starter has led the team in scoring in a game at least twice this season. 


nj colonial7/13/2017 10:17:37 AM

Proud of this great Colonial!

the dude7/13/2017 1:23:02 PM

XAC, great analysis, spot on.

the dude7/13/2017 9:42:59 PM

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the dude7/15/2017 9:29:48 PM

Watching JJ reminded me of when I first saw Durant.  It was a revolution of the sport in a sense, a player that tall and long, roaming around the perimeter throwing up 3's like a backcourt player.

JJ was a much rawer version, and impacts the game in more ways, better rebounder e.g.  SKY is the LIMIT for her, I believe will be one of legends of the sport, barring major injury.


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