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Carla Batchelor signs her National Letter of Intent and becomes a GATOR!

Tuesday April 22, 2014Carla Batchelor Joins Gator Hoops Team

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Carla Batchelor signs her National Letter of Intent and becomes a GATOR!

Carla Batchelor has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Florida, women’s basketball Head Coach Amanda Butler announced Tuesday.

 

Batchelor is a 6-foot versatile guard from Germantown, Md., who spent the previous two years at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

 

Batchelor will have two years of eligibility at Florida beginning in the 2014 Fall.

 

Batchelor officially signed her NLI at the Arena, surrounded by her NWF State coaches and teammates.

 

Northwest Florida State College (2012-14)

·         NWF State head coach Patrick Harrington

·         School Mascot: Raiders

·         2013 and 2014 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII All-Tournament Team member

·         2013 and 2014 First Team All-Panhandle Conference

·         Played in the 2013 NJCAA Women's All-Star Basketball Tournament

·         Started 63 of 65 career games, including all 33 in 2014

·         Two-Year Totals: 767 points, 480 rebounds

·         Sophomore Year (2013-14): 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 45.7 Field Goal Percentage

·         Freshman Year (2012-13): 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds 45.4% FG

·         Team Records: 26-7 in 2013-14; 27-5 in 2012-13

·         Team won the 2013 FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Tournament and was runner-up in 2014

·         NWF State ranked No. 5 in the final 2013 NJCAA Division I National Poll and No. 7 in 2014

·         NWF State finished No. 1 in the final 2013 FSCAA Coaches’ Poll and No. 2 in the 2014

·         Competed in the NJCAA National Tournament both seasons

·         2013 and 2014 Mid-Florida Conference champions

 

Northwest (Germantown, Md.) High School

·         Graduated in June of 2012

·         School Mascot: Jaguars

·         2012 County All-Star Game selection

·         Named to 2011 All-Gazette First Team (junior year)

·         2011 All-Met Honorable Mention

 

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Amanda Butler:

·         “As a basketball player, Carla gives us something that we don’t have in size on the perimeter. She also brings experience. She played, competed and succeeded at a very high level at Northwest Florida State College and we think she’s going to bring a dimension that we already have.”

 

·         “We love Carla’s championship experience.  She’s competed at the highest level after high school for the last two years and we know that experience will enhance what our current team gained last season at the NCAA Tournament.”

 

·         “Off the court, Carla is a great person with a personality that will fit perfectly with the rest of our team and will continue to help build our culture.”

 

 

Quoting NWF State College Head Coach Patrick Harrington:

·         “Carla is a very versatile, hard-working player who has had the opportunity to work on her game here at Northwest Florida State and expand her skill set. We played her on the wing, but she also has the ability to go inside, rebound and play with bigger players.”

 

·         “Carla’s greatest asset is her versatility is her greatest asset. How Florida plays and played this year with their frontcourt fits Carla very well and into what Coach Butler is trying to do. Hopefully, Carla can go in there and compete, work hard and be able to be a contributor to the Gators.”

 

·         On the moment he knew that Carla was a special player and would be able to compete on the next level:

·         “That moment came two years ago in the state tournament when we went to a timeout. There comes a time when a coach doesn’t have to talk at the timeout and the players talk. Carla was only a freshman then, but even at that time she had that unique ability to be a leader. She has a little bit of a chip on her shoulder and she was able to address the team instead of me having to address the team. I thought that was one of the things that was going to separate her going forward.”

 

·         “She has great internal character. I just hope that she takes advantage of the opportunity at the University of Florida and that Coach Butler is giving her. She’s a hard-working young lady, has a versatile skill set and I’m looking forward to watching her there.”

 

 

Complete List Gator Signees at a Glance

·         Dyandria “Dee” Anderson * 5-10 * Guard * Viera High School * Melbourne, Fla.

·         Carla Batchelor * 6-0 * Guard/Forward * Northwest H.S./Northwest Florida State College * Germantown, Md.

·         Brooke Copeland * 6-2 * Forward * Bradley Central High School * Cleveland, Tenn.

·         Haley Lorenzen * 6-3 * Forward * Iowa City High School * Iowa City, Iowa

·         Isis Young * 5-7 * Guard * Life Center Academy * Berlin, N.J.

 

Florida’s Early Signing Period Release: http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=26718

 

Florida finished 2013-14 with a 20-13 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

The Gators graduate Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete from the team that logged its fourth consecutive 20-win season and finished fifth in the final Southeastern Conference standings.

 

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s basketball:

Official Website: www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FloridaWomensBasketball

Twitter: @GatorZoneWBK  and  @CoachButlerUF 

 

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