GW Women's Basketball's Brooke Wilson Granted Sixth Year of Eligibility
Seniors Jackson, Nipe to Return for Fifth Year
May 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's basketball graduate student Brooke Wilson has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the Colonials for the 2013-14 season, Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis announced today.
Wilson, who missed her entire freshman season in 2008-09 while rehabbing a knee injury, suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in her right knee at Virginia Tech on Nov. 25, 2012, GW's fifth game of the 2012-13 campaign.
The 6-foot-2 forward had started all five games prior to her injury and was averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. A former Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team member, she ranks 14th all-time at GW with 585 career boards.
"We're so excited that Brooke will be able to compete at GW for another season," Coach Tsipis said. "Her teammates, our coaching staff and the GW community know what a wonderful person Brooke is and that she will embrace this opportunity to represent GW on the basketball court in 2013-14. She has been working extremely hard on her rehab and I know she will be ready to compete at a high level for us on the court. We look forward to seeing No. 11 flying around the court for another season."
Wilson graduated from GW in December 2011 after just three-and-a-half years with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She received a graduate certificate in leadership development in May 2012 and is currently enrolled in GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development school counseling master's program.
Both players missed significant time due to injury during their careers and were granted medical hardships.
"We are excited that Danni and Meg were granted a fifth year of eligibility," Coach Tsipis said. "They are excellent representatives of the GW women's basketball program and are embracing the opportunity to play one more season. They will each graduate this spring and have been accepted into graduate school, and I am excited they will be able to extend their GW experience on and off the court."
Jackson, who missed the final 24 games of her freshman season in 2009-10 after breaking her leg against Michigan State at Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas, was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2012-13 after leading the Colonials in scoring (10.1 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg). The point guard enters the season with 966 career points, just 34 shy of becoming the 28th member of GW's 1,000-point club, and she ranks 12th all-time at GW with 355 career assists.
Nipe, who missed 25 games of her sophomore season in 2010-11 due to a torn meniscus in her left knee, experienced a breakout campaign in 2012-13. She started all 30 games for the Colonials this past year and averaged a career-high 10.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg, ranking second on the team in scoring and third in rebounds while playing a team-high 32.6 minutes per contest.
Wilson, Jackson and Nipe will join six other returning players, two midyear transfers and three incoming freshmen to make up a 14-player squad for the 2013-14 Colonials.