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November Signee Jess Finney Enrolls Early, Is Ready To Play

Jan 1, 2021

SEATTLE – Washington Head Coach Jody Wynn got a late Christmas present when highly-touted 2021 prospect Jess Finney joined her team. Finney has been with the Huskies since late December and will be available off UW's bench this weekend against Colorado and Utah.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Jess join our Husky program upon her early graduation from high school," Wynn said.  "Jess was considering enrolling early even before the NCAA decided to waive the season and give everyone a free year of eligibility."
Finney's arrival on campus could not come at a better time. The Huskies played the final two games of their last homestand before Christmas with just nine healthy bodies. According to Wynn, Finney has learned their system quickly.
"We've been short-handed thus far due to injuries, which has made the season even more challenging," Wynn said. "Jess has been on a crash course to learn our system through Zoom and has done a fantastic job of picking things up."
Finney was part of Washington's No. 16 rated recruiting class that signed in November. The 6-foot-0 guard graduated in December from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she established herself as the 39th-ranked guard nationally and 94th among all players in the ESPNW 100 rankings.
In her junior season, Finney ranked fifth in Arizona with 21.8 points per game. She also averaged 4.1 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 1.5 blocks per game and knocked down a state-best 96 makes from 3-point range.
"Even though she has only had a week of practice, she fits rights in with our team chemistry and has been a welcome addition," Wynn said. "Jess gives us another ball handler, decision maker, and a deep-range shooter who can help us spread the floor. Her work ethic and desire to do what it takes to win will make this journey a fun one."