Degbeon, Germany Poised for Gold at U20 Championship
July 9, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Florida State women's basketball incoming freshman forward Ama Degbeon, who signed her NLI with FSU last November, has helped her Germany squad to a 6-0 start at the U20 European B Division Championship played in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Degbeon is a 6-foot-2 athletic forward who hails from Grünberg, Germany, and joins fellow international player and Seminole teammate Leticia Romero as current FSU student-athletes competing in global tournaments. Romero has led her Spanish team to a spot in the quarterfinals of the U20 European Championship in Udine, Italy, following a victory over Turkey on Wednesday.
Much of Degbeon's effectiveness for Germany has come on the boards, where she is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game to rank ninth in the 10-team tournament. She is also ninth in defensive rebounds with 4.5 per game, and figures to bolster FSU's presence in the low post during her time in Tallahassee.
Degbeon is averaging 8.7 points and shooting 58.8 percent from the floor in six games played. She has helped her squad earn wins over Hungary (79-71), Israel (66-48). Norway (72-23), Great Britain (69-58), Lithuania (82-49) and most recently tournament host Bulgaria (69-66).
Against Norway, Degbeon put together her lone double-figure rebounding performance at the championship with 11 boards. Her 15-point game against Israel marks her high for this year's tournament. Degbeon has also shot 50 percent or better from the floor in five of her six games played.
Degbeon and the Germans next play against Portugal on Friday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Germany is atop the leaderboard which consists of 10 teams, totaling 12 points while second-place Hungary (5-1) has 11 points. Lithuania (4-2), Portugal (4-2) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (4-2) each are tied for third with 10 points apiece.
Like Romero, Degbeon has good experience at the European Championship. She was part of a first-place team at the U16 championship where she averaged 7.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. She twice competed at the U18 tournament in 2012 and 2013, nearly averaging a double-double last year with 12.9 points and 9.9 rebounds.
Degbeon also was the youngest player at 17 years old to ever compete on the German Senior National Team last year, participating in the EuroBasket Women Qualifying Tournament in Israel.
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