Smashing Records – Abbie Franklin Becoming Perhaps Best Player in UNG History

Jefferson native Abbie Franklin began contributing on day one when going to the University of North Georgia. Her high school career was spectacular, and her collegiate career was arguably better. When it’s all said and done, Franklin might just be the best to ever suit up for UNG women’s basketball. Whether this season closes the curtain on her career, or she uses the extra year of eligibility, remains to be seen.

“I am currently undecided about what I am going to do next year,” states Franklin. “I am hoping to decide soon.”

For the rest of us, we’d all like to see yet another season of her padding stats and chalking up wins, but regardless, this year has proven that she has nothing left to prove. In 2020-21, Franklin has this season eclipsed 1,000 career points at the college level, broke and set new school records in assists and 3-pointers made, and went over 500 career rebounds. In a word – unbelievable.

“I would describe this season as bittersweet,” adds Franklin. “It felt amazing to accomplish these goals because it just showed that hard work pays off. My favorite was the 3s and assists records because I didn’t know about them until a couple of games before.”

The bitter part of her experience is likely due to knowing that whether it’s the end of this season or one more, her playing days will sooner rather than later come to an end. Franklin knows that whenever that is, she wouldn’t change a thing.

“I have absolutely no regrets on my basketball career,” says Franklin. “I am very happy here at UNG and am so glad to be a part of this program.”

As the numbers are concerned, they speak for themselves. To date of this article, the senior guard has 1,104 points, 512 rebounds, 393 assists, and 209 3-pointers made. Not to mention 151 steals in her college career. Her improvement from year-to-year has been great, as she averaged 7.8 points per game as a freshman, 9.3 per game as a sophomore, 11.6 as a junior, and this season hovering right around 10 per contest. In points, rebounds, assists, steals, and 3-pointers made, her numbers all improve year over year. As mentioned, the career assists and 3-pointers are UNG records and won’t be broken any time soon.

“The one thing that has motivated me is just constantly reminding myself that there is always something I can improve on or do better,” states Franklin. “Also just being very competitive and wanting to be one of the best teams.”

Knowing what she knows now, Franklin doesn’t hold back on what she’d tell her high school self.

“A couple of tips I would give my high school self is don’t take anything for granted, keep working hard, and get in the gym!”

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Great advice for all other high school players who have the dreams and aspirations to play at the next level.

Franklin is a former Jefferson star basketball player, who was named All-State in each of her final three seasons. She had over 1,000 career points for the Lady Dragons, and averaged 15 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals per contest as a senior in 2016-17. That earned her the title of Class 4A Player of the Year and Region Player of the Year. Franklin and the Lady Nighthawks of UNG are an incredible 15-1 overall this season, and are ranked 12th in the nation while riding a 10-game win streak. The team has one final regular season game before playing in the Peach Belt Conference tournament, which begins March 3.

Framed Print (11×17) – Abbie Franklin

Framed Print (11×17) – Abbie Franklin


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