May 13, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Rated as the top junior college player in the country, 6-foot-4 forward Adut Bulgak of Trinity Valley Community College has signed her scholarship to play for the Florida State Women's Basketball team beginning in the upcoming season.
Bulgak is ranked as the No. 1 JUCO prospect by All-Star Girls Report, and was recently named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NJCAA Division I Player of the Year in April 2014. Playing for a well-established JUCO program in Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, Bulgak finished her sophomore campaign by leading the Lady Cardinals to a 36-1 season and a National Junior College Athletic Association championship.
"We're thrilled to be adding Adut Bulgak to our program," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "We know she can do a lot of wonderful things for us, and one of our biggest needs was adding more size and she definitely fulfills that with her athletic, 6-foot-4 frame. She is going to fit right in with our players and coaches. Adut is very polished defensively and is a proven scorer as well. We can't wait to get started with her this season."
The Canadian produced another outstanding season in 2013-14, averaging 15.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game en route to her second straight year receiving NJCAA All-America honors. In the Lady Cardinals' postseason path to the national championship, Bulgak averaged 16.5 points and 11 rebounds in four games to earn tournament MVP honors.
In her freshman season, Bulgak was named the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College Freshman of the Year. In both seasons at the JUCO level, Bulgak was named a first-team All-American.
Known as an excellent leaper with very good offensive and defensive skills, Bulgak brings plenty of size and length to a 2014-15 Seminole squad that will be filled with quality depth in the back court and now has another threat in the post. Florida State is expected to have limitless athleticism next season, and Bulgak's presence on the lower block will add to it as she has shown to be very nimble and agile for someone of her height.
With the addition of Bulgak, Florida State now boasts a formidable group of forwards and centers. The outstanding JUCO prospect joins rising sophomores Kai James (6-foot-5), Ivey Slaughter (6-foot-1) and Gabrielle Bevillard (6-foot-3) to give the Seminoles great size. Rising redshirt senior Lauren Coleman brings a veteran presence to the forward/centers group and owns a consistent outside shooting touch.
Bulgak is now the fourth member of Florida State's 2014 recruiting class that was ranked 14th nationally in the fall 2013. Top-notch forward prospect Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga, Ala./Sylacauga HS), guard Chania Ray (Alexandria, Va./Riverdale Baptist HS) and forward/center Ama Degbeon (Grünberg, Germany) signed their NLI's with FSU in the fall 2013.
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