Without a post player in the class of 2014, the national champion Huskies may be considering taking on a talented transfer from a former Big East rival that can help them beginning in 2015-16.
Two sources told the Courant Sunday that center Natalie Butler, a 6-5 freshman center voted the Big East’s freshman of the year, may be interested in transferring to UConn. One said she was in Storrs on Friday to visit the program.
Butler tied for ninth in Division I with 24 double-doubles and was the unanimous selection as the for the freshman award. Her father is Vernon Butler who played with David Robinson on the 1986 Navy team that made it to the Elite 8. She is also considering Virginia.
Butler chose Georgetown over Virginia Tech, James Madison and Delaware. Last summer she had also drawn interest from Baylor, Northwestern, Boston College and St. John’s.
That Butler would want out of Georgetown makes a lot of sense. Their coaching situation has been in flux since Terri Williams Flournoy left for Auburn after the 2011-12 season.
Georgetown women’s basketball Coach Keith Brown resigned last October, eight days after being placed on administrative leave following complaints of unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language lodged by some of his players. The Hoyas had just begun practicing for the 2013-14 season, Butler’s freshman year.
Brown was named coach of the Hoyas in May 2012 after serving as the top assistant and head recruiter for five seasons under Williams-Flournoy left.
Since his promotion, multiple players have left the program, included two who transferred to George Mason: Taylor Brown, The Post’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2011, and Jasmine Jackson, who played two seasons for the Hoyas.
Georgetown lost eight of its final 10 games and finished 15-16 in Brown’s only season, missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in four years.
Natasha Adair, former coach at College of Charleston, was just named to the Hoyas new coach.
Neither Geno Auriemma or Chris Dailey have commented as of yet. But Georgetown told the Courant Sunday afternoon that its star post had been granted her release.
If UConn was to agree to take Butler, she would have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules.