Tori Jankoska isn’t in college anymore, but she’s about to make one much better. The former Michigan State point guard will join Maryland women’s basketball at next month’s World University Games in Taiwan, the Terps announced Monday.
Jankoska played at Michigan State from 2013-17, and her 2,212 career points are the school’s all-time record. She averaged 22.6 points per game as a senior, including outputs of 23 and 31 against the Terps. Jankoska was taken ninth overall in the WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky, but was waived after the team’s season opener and ultimately signed to play in Poland.
She becomes the second player not on the Terps’ 2017-18 roster to join the team for the Games. Maryland announced the addition of Malina Howard in June. Howard wrapped up her four-year career with the Terps in 2016, and she’s still at the university preparing for medical school and serving on the staff in the athletic department.
The Games’ eligibility requirements are pretty lenient, and although Maryland was chosen to represent Team USA, Jankoska didn’t have to be otherwise associated with the Terps (or even an amateur) to compete. She and Howard will add both star power and depth to a team that currently has just 10 players on the roster for the upcoming season. Since the team might have to play six games in eight days, Frese felt some additions were needed.
The United States’ tournament run begins Aug. 21, and the team will leave for Taiwan on Aug. 13.
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