NEW YORK - Rising sophomore forward Batouly Camara will join the University of Connecticut women's basketball team after transferring from the University of Kentucky as announced on Tuesday. The New York City native will be forced to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2017-18 campaign.
"We developed a great relationship with Batouly during the recruiting process a couple years ago so we already knew what a great kid she is," head coach Geno Auriemma said. She comes from a great family, is an incredibly hard worker and has outstanding ability. I can't wait for her get to Storrs."
Camara averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor during her rookie year. The New York City native averaged 6.7 points in 18.0 minutes per game during UK's three NCAA Tournament contests.
"I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the UConn family, Camara said. "This is an incredible opportunity that I do not take lightly. I can't wait to get to campus this summer to meet my new teammates and create lasting relationships on and off the court."
2015-16 AS A FRESHMAN
Posted 14 points against South Carolina on Feb. 4 for a new career high and fell just short of a double-double after leading the team with nine rebounds ... Second on the team in blocks, with 30, and led team in blocks during SEC play with 15 ... Scored 10 points against No. 15/15 Arizona State on Nov. 15, 2015, including six-straight points in the second half to help kickstart the team's comeback ... Had a career game in rebounding against No. 2/2 South Carolina on Jan. 14, leading the team on the glass with 10 rebounds and was just shy of a double-double with seven points ... Racked up 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting against Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament along with two blocks ... Field goal percentage of 49.3% is good for the seventh-best by a freshman in program history ... Is sixth on UK's freshman top-10 for blocks, with 30, and tied for the ninth-most freshman rebounds, with 142.
Rated as the No. 2 power forward by All-Star Girls Report coming out of high school and the ninth-best player in the country by ESPN.com ... Averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in helping lead Blair Academy to a 19-3 finish ... Was named 2014 All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League First Team and was second-team NJ Prep A All-State selection ... Earned a spot on the 2014 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team trials roster ... In her three-year prep career, she helped the Buccaneers to three Mid- Atlantic Prep League Championships and a combined 62-8 record ... Also active off the court as she was elected vice chair of Blair Academy's student government council as a junior and was a representative on the student council as a sophomore ... Also served as a head tour guide for the Blair Academy admissions office.