Jayhawk Signee Jelniker Stands Out Both On And Off The Court

May 19, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball signee Brooke Jelniker did an outstanding job of balancing her high level of play on the basketball court with a tremendous showing in academics all throughout her high school career.

In addition to being named First Team All-Conference in hoops for two-consecutive years, Jelniker was a member of the National Honor Society and was recently presented with an honor cord for her academic and community service efforts to wear at Thunder Ridge High School’s graduation.

A 2010 McDonald’s All-American nominee, Jelniker averaged 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.5 steals per game and 2.7 assists per game in her senior season at TRHS in Highlands Ranch, Colo. She eclipsed the 1,000 points scoring mark on February 16, with a career-best 34-point scoring effort.

“Brooke is a fantastic shooter,” Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson said of Jelniker on signing day. “She is long and athletic and comes from one of the top high school programs in the state of Colorado. She is an aggressive rebounder and really knows how to play the game.”

In addition to her all-conference honors, Jelniker was named team captain for her senior campaign and was Thunder Ridge High’s leading scorer. She was named to the Denver Post’s 2010 All Colorado Team and played in the Denver Nuggets’ Show All-Star Team.

Jelniker and her fellow 2010 signing class members will arrive at KU in less than a month as they will start summer school classes in June. The four-member class will join the eight returning Jayhawks for the 2010-11 season. KU returns five players who started 13 or more games last season, including Big 12 All-Freshman Team member Carolyn Davis.