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Former Lake Braddock standout Natalie Butler lands at Connecticut

Natalie Butler transitioned seamlessly to the college game at Georgetown this winter as she was the Big East’s freshman of the year and was named to the all-conference second team. She was fifth in the nation in rebounding at 13.3 per game while averaging 13.9 points.

After proving herself as one of the best freshman centers in the country Butler will head north to attend Connecticut. Butler signed a financial aid agreement May 21, and because of NCAA transfer rules she will be forced to sit out the 2014-15 season.

Former Lake Braddock standout Natalie Butler transfers to UConn (Photo by Toni L. Sandys) Former Lake Braddock standout Natalie Butler transfers to U-Conn. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys)

 

Starting in 2015-16, Butler could help fill the void at the pivot left by Stefanie Dolson, who was taken sixth overall by the Washington Mystics in the 2014 WNBA draft. 

“I think Natalie is one of the most unique players in the game today,” Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma said on the U-Conn. team Web site.  “There just aren’t many 6-5 players in the country, and we just had a great one for the last four years, so we know.  Natalie has the potential to be just as good and we are very excited for her to get on campus.”

Butler was a first-team All-Met as a senior at Lake Braddock where she averaged a triple-double with 26.2 points, 17.8 rebounds and 10 blocks. She was also named Northern Region player of the year.

In her one season in a Hoyas uniform, she led the team in minutes played (1, 157) and was the only player to start all 32 games. She also blocked 59 shots.

 

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