Natalie Butler, the reigning Big East freshman of the year at Georgetown, will transfer to UConn and one of the coaches she played against in the Big East last season says the Huskies are getting a special player.
“Natalie was the most impressive freshmen I have coached against in my 14 years as a Division 1 head coach,” said Seton Hall’s Tony Bozzella. “And it’s not just because of her numbers and production. Her poise, demeanor and maturity level far out distanced those of an average 18 year old. She took constant pounding, double-teaming and pressure all year and always fought threw it. And she continued to progress all year.
“And now, with a year to continue her development under the best coaches in our game and with three years following years to play, quite frankly I would not be surprised to see her as an All-American one day.”
Butler, a 6-5 post, visited UConn in early May after receiving her release from Georgetown, for whom she averaged 13.9 points and 13.3 rebounds last season. She was the top rebounding freshman in Division I women’s basketball and ranked fifth among all Division I players in rebounds per game.
Per NCAA transfer rules, she will have to sit out the 2014-15 season before resuming her career as a sophomore the following season. The UConn coaching staff is prohibited by the NCAA from commenting until Butler signs.