- Antoinette Bannister
- 5' 10"
- Jacksonville, Fla.
- The Potter’s House Christian Academy
(information as of September 1, 2014)
Major: Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Pronunciation Video: http://youtu.be/H6amudXWMug
· 2014 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll
· 5 double-figure scoring games
· Longest consecutive-games scoring streak is current streak of 16 entering the 2014-15 season
· Ranked No. 4 for three-point percentage in a season by a Gator sophomore (33.3%, 19-57, in 2013-14)
· Nickname is “Bre”
· Older brother TJ played basketball at the Univ. of Virginia and Liberty before playing professionally overseas
· Enjoys writing poetry, shopping and hanging with friends
· Enrolled at the University of Florida in January 2013; began coursework on Jan. 11, 2013
· Became eligible to compete for Gators in fall of 2013 with sophomore eligibility
· Spent the 2012 fall semester at the University of North Carolina, where she played in 8 of 14 games
· Rated as No. 26 overall recruit by the All-Star Girls Report and No. 59 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz
· Coached by her father Tony Bannister at Potter’s House Christian Academy
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2013-14):
· 2014 Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll
· Played in the first five games; 21 games played overall (missed 12 games with an injury)
· Scored 10 points in her postseason collegiate debut (vs. Mississippi State in SEC second round, March 6)
· Best offensive game of young career came at Ole Miss (Feb. 2): scored a career-high 18 points, hitting 7-13 from the floor, including a 3-5 effort from the three-point arc. Bannister sparked UF’s early 19-6 first-half run when she scored 12 points, one shy of her career-best scoring effort, and successfully converted the first three-point-play of her career.
· Praised by Coach Butler following the game at Tennessee (Jan. 23), “Bre was a tremendous factor for us today. She gave us great energy. I know she’s frustrated with her threes not falling, but she didn’t let that effect other parts of her game. That’s what’s so important.”
· Scored 10 points with three rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench at Tennessee for her second double-figure scoring game as a Gator and third of her career
· Checked into the Jan. 19 game against Georgia at the 13:37 mark of the first half, seeing her first game action since Nov. 21 vs. Florida - 59 days ago.
· Scored in the Jan. 19 game against Georgia, converting a layup with 2:15 remaining in the first half - her first points since the Nov. 17 game against Kennesaw State, when she putback an offensive rebound with 41 seconds remaining in the opening period.
· Cleared to resume practice in non-contact drills the week of Jan. 6
· Injured right thumb in practice Nov. 24 and the type of injury she sustained required surgery scheduled with Dr. Matthias on December 5 in Gainesville
· Earned her first collegiate start on Nov. 21 against Florida State
· Started the second half of the game at Kennesaw State (Nov. 17)
· In the season-opener against Bethune-Cookman, entered game for first time at 14:43 mark and scored 25 seconds later after collecting a defensive rebound and dribbling the length of the court for the layup; finished the night with 13 points, three rebounds and one steal.
2013-14 SEASON NOTES:
· 4 double-figure scoring games
· Scored in UF’s last 16 games and all except one she played (vs. Florida State, Nov. 21)
Freshman Year at North Carolina (2012-13):
· Played in eight of the first 14 games before transferring to UF after the fall semester
· Averaged 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists while playing 8.6 minutes per game with the Tar Heels, netting a game-high 13 points in the Dec. 16 win at Coastal Carolina when she played 19 minutes, hitting 4-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and both free throw attempts.
· Graduated June of 2012 from The Potter’s House Christian Academy, where she was coached by her father, Tony Bannister
· Voted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 NCSAA (National Christian School Athletic Association) National Player of the Year in the Large-School Division
· Rated as the No. 26 overall recruit by the All-Star Girls Report and No. 59 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz
· Set the state of Florida’s all-time prep scoring record with 4,758 points
· Because PHCA was not a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) and as a result not part of the National Federation of High School Associations, Bannister’s statistical accomplishments are not recognized nationally. If they had been, Bannister’s 4,758 career points would rank second nationally behind Goodrich (TX) High’s Adrian McGowen, who recorded 5,424 points from 2003-06. According to ESPN’s HoopGurlz, “Bannister’s 657 threes made would rank first nationally if it were acknowledged by the NHSF, well ahead of current record of 500, set by Ashley Wirtzberger of Gila Bend (Ariz.) from 2007-10. Her assist totals also would be enough for top honors in the national career list, ahead of the current record of 1,169 assists set by Mary Johnson of Longview (Texas), set from 1980-83”
· At the end of her illustrious high school career, Bannister was honored all four years to the five-member National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) All-America Girls Division 1 Team, was a 2012 Second-Team All-American by USA Today and tabbed an honorable mention All-American by MaxPreps in 2012
· during her senior year, guided the Christian Lions to a 24-7 record and the 2012 National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) Basketball Championship, scoring 35 points in a 72-64 win against Life Center Academy to capture the best-of-three series and the title
· PHCA won the NCSAA Basketball championship all four years with Bannister on the court
· During junior year at PHCA, Bannister averaged 27.2 points, 7.5 steals, 7.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game, while shooting a sizzling 69 percent from the floor overall, 67 percent from the three-point arc and hitting 92 percent of her free throw attempts, helping the Christian Lions compile a 37-1 record
· Participated in the invitation-only American Family Insurance National High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in 2012 in New Orleans, where she finished third; totaled a tournament-high 21 points in the opening round, advanced to the semifinal and just missed reaching the final round
· During a game on Jan. 30, 2012, against Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ), Bannister totaled 51 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and five assists
· In the final game of her stellar prep career, scored 45 points with 14 rebounds and eight steals in a four-point win against IMG Academy