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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Report: Top rebounding freshman visits UConn

According to a report by John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant, former Georgetown center Natalie Butler visited UConn on Friday and is considering transferring to UConn.

Butler, a 6-foot-5 native of Fairfax Station, Va., was named the Big East Freshman of the Year after averaging 13.9 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Her rebound average was tops among Division I freshmen and ranked fifth nationally. She also had 61 assists and 59 blocked shots as a freshman.

In an email to the Register, Georgetown confirmed that "Natalie has been given her release from Georgetown."

Butler would have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and she would have three seasons of eligibility remaining. If she were to land at UConn, she would fill a need for a true center. All-American Stefanie Dolson graduated and Kiah Stokes would be done playing for the Huskies by the time Butler wouldbe eligible to play. At the current time, the 2015-16 UConn team would be led by 6-foot-4 Breanna Stewart but no other player standing taller than 6-2.

Despite Butler's brilliant freshman season, the Hoyas had a rugged season. Former assistant coach Keith Brown was named the head coach when Terri Williams-Flournoy took the job at Auburn however Brown never coached a game for the Hoyas in what was supposed to be his second season at the helm as he was suspended indefinitely following complaints from players of unprofessional behavior  Jim Lewis was appointed the interim head coach. Georgetown lost 13 of 14 games during one stretch and finished the season with an 11-21 record. Former Georgetown assistant coach Natasha Adair returned to the program when she was named Georgetown's head coach last month.

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