College Spotlight: Jefferson alum Abbie Franklin’s endless motor leads UNG
Abbie Franklin hardly ever steps off the court. Through nine games at the University of North Georgia in 2018-19, the sophomore guard from Jefferson High School averages over 33 minutes per game, including a team-best 302 total minutes played.
In that span, Franklin also leads the team in assists (3.9/game) and is fourth in scoring (9.3/game). It’s hard to call it a breakout season for the former Lady Dragon, as she played 25 games last season as a true freshman, averaging over 6 points per game and tallying 71 assists.
After a solid high school career at Jefferson, Franklin made an immediate impact for the Lady Nighthawks. Through 34 games played in her collegiate career, including 20 starts, she averages 7.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. She has connected on 37 3-pointers, and has a 40% field goal percentage.
At Jefferson, Franklin tallied 1,000 career points and was a GACA All-State selection as a senior after averaging 15 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals per game. She was also named all-state as a sophomore and junior, and was the All-State Class 4A Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year as a senior. Her accolades also include being named to the AJC Second Team All-State as a sophomore, junior, and senior.