Jasmine Hines Signs Free Agent Contract With The Los Angeles Sparks
The center joins Aerial Powers as the latest Spartans to sign with WNBA teams.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Former Michigan State women’s basketball center Jasmine Hines has signed a free agent contract with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.
Hines is the second Spartan this week to try to earn a spot on a WNBA roster after Aerial Powers was drafted fifth by the Dallas Wings in the WNBA Draft on Thursday.
“This is something that I have dreamed about of doing since I was a kid, so to be presented with the opportunity is amazing. I am really excited about the whole process. I just wanted to thank Coach Merchant and all the coaches at Michigan State, my family and all my teammates for all their support,” Hines said.
Hines will be the third player on the Sparks’ roster from a Big Ten team, joining Jantel Lavender from Ohio State and Kristi Toliver from Maryland, as well as the second Great Lakes State native from a Michigan school, joining Crystal Bradford from Central Michigan, who is a Detroit native.
The Spartan senior came back for her fifth season after missing much of the 2014-15 season with concussion-like symptoms. Hines’ final season in the Green and White was her strongest playing in all 34 games and starting 33. She had her signature game as a Spartan on Senior Day scoring a career-high 36 points, as MSU stopped No. 5 Ohio State, 107-105 triple overtime. In her five seasons with Michigan State, she scored 985 points. She is also tied for eighth on the all-time career games played in MSU history with 131.
The LA Sparks posted a 14-20 record in the 2015 season, and were the fourth-seed in the Western Conference, losing to top-seed Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Semifinals, 2-1. The Sparks and the WNBA will be celebrating their 20th season in 2016.
Los Angeles will open the preseason against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday, May 7 before officially tipping off the 2016 season on May 15 versus the Seattle Storm.
Hines and the Sparks will face off against Powers and the Wings three times during the regular-season, first on June 11 in Dallas, then June 28 in Los Angeles before the third and final regular-season meeting on Sept. 2 back in Dallas.
Social media fans can follow the Los Angeles Sparks at @la_Sparks and the Dallas Wings at @DWingsHoops.