Jessica Breland

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Jessica Breland
Jessica Breland cropped.jpg
No. 51 – Chicago Sky
Position Forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1988-02-23) February 23, 1988 (age 29)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Bertie (Windsor, North Carolina)
College North Carolina (2006–2011)
WNBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Lynx
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011 New York Liberty
2011 Connecticut Sun
2013 Indiana Fever
2014–present Chicago Sky
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Jessica Nicole Breland (born February 23, 1988) is an American basketball player for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

High school[edit]

Born in New York City,[1] Breland grew up in Kelford, North Carolina,[1] and attended Bertie High School in Windsor where she was a three-sport athlete participating in volleyball and track & field and basketball. In her senior year she averaged 22 points per game and 12 rebounds for the Falcons basketball team. She was an All-American selection by McDonald's, the WBCA, and Parade Magazine, 2nd team All-American selection by EA Sports, 3rd-Team Street and Smith's All-America pick, Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina as a senior, and a USA U18 Women's National Team Trials Invitee.[2]


Jessica Breland at North Carolina

In 2009, when playing for the North Carolina Tar Heels, Breland was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. She underwent chemotherapy and had to sit out the 2009-10 season, but recovered.[1]


Breland was selected in the second round of the 2011 WNBA Draft (13th overall) by the Minnesota Lynx.[3] She was then traded to New York. She signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Sky in 2014.


  1. ^ a b c Heyman, Brian (21 May 2011). "Rookie in W.N.B.A. Who Is Veteran in Life's Lessons Faces Battle to Make Liberty". New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "A Life Inspired: Jessica Breland's heart-stirring ascension". 
  3. ^ draft2011/draft_board.html 2011 WNBA Draft board