May 21, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Natalie Butler, who was selected as the 2013-14 Big East Rookie of the Year while competing at Georgetown University, has signed a financial aid agreement to complete her transfer to the University of Connecticut. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Butler will be forced to sit out the 2014-15 season and she will have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.
"I think Natalie is one of the most unique players in the game today," head coach Geno Auriemma said. "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."
Hometown: Fairfax Station, Va.
High School: Lake Braddock
Previous College: Georgetown
- 2014 Big East Freshman of the Year
- 2014 All-Big East Second Team
- 2014 All-Big East Rookie Team
As a standout freshman at Georgetown University, Butler immediately stepped into a starting role as a center... She led the squad in minutes played (1157) as the only Hoya to start all 32 games of the 2013-14 season, scoring double-figures in all but four of those contests...The 6-foot-5 center finished fifth in the nation in rebounding (13.3 per game) and first among all freshmen in Division I women's college basketball... After averaging 13.9 ppg and 13.4 rpg, Butler earned a trio of postseason accolades from the Big East Conference. The Virginia native received Big East Freshman of the Year, All-Big East Second Team and All-Big East Freshman Team honors... A record-setting rookie campaign witnessed her set conference standards for freshman rebounding with a total of 425 boards... On two occasions the freshman pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds in a single game, tying the league rookie record for single-game rebounding... Her breakout season also established the season record in blocked shots with 59... Butler also made significant contributions on the offensive side of the ball, notching 24 double-doubles including 15 in conference play... Her 24 double-doubles tied for ninth-best in the country and first among freshman... Her 445 points were second on the team... Set a career-high with 24 points against Creighton Jan. 1... Set her career marker in offensive rebounds with 11 at Xavier on Jan. 8... Posted five assists against Butler on Jan. 11.
An All-State player at Lake Braddock High School ... Named the school's Sportswoman of the Year as a senior after scoring more than 1,000 career points and holding the record in single-season scoring average, career rebounds and career blocks ... Averaged a triple-double in 2012-13 with 26.2 ppg, 17.8 rpg and 10.1 bpg ... A two-time Washington Post All-Met honoree including a spot on the first team as a senior ... Recognized as a Virginia All-State All-Star, a McDonald's All-American nominee, Fairfax County Sportswoman of the Year, Northern Region Player of the Year and the Patriot District Player of the Year ... Earned spots on the All-Next Sports Phenom Team, the All-SEN Team and the Patriot District All-Tournament Team ... A Northern Region All-Star after leading the region in points, rebounds and blocks ... An All-Star at the Elite Basketball Showcase Classic after leading the tourney in scoring and rebounding as well as a Buffalo Wild Wings and Battle of the Beltways All-Star ... Averaged 18.7 ppg and 18.5 rpg as a junior ... Ranked No. 140 by Blue Star Basketball ... Led her high school in kills and blocks as a team captain for the volleyball team ... Won the squad's Bruin Leader Award ... A member of the honor roll and fluent in German ... Played AAU with the Fairfax Stars.
Father, Vernon Butler, played basketball at Navy and led the team to the NCAA Elite Eight.