Nov. 14, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced the signing of 6-foot-2 athletic forward Ama Degbeon of Grünberg, Germany, who inked her National Letter of Intent on Thursday morning.
“With Natasha Howard graduating, there will be a void in the kind of size and athleticism where Ama will be able to step in and fill right away,” Semrau said. “She’s somebody that has that national team experience and playing against the best already. She brings that to our program at a young age and we’re real excited about that.”
Degbeon has been able to enjoy a solid experience playing internationally, highlighted by her presence on the 2013 German Senior National Team. The native of Berlin, Germany, who now lives in Grünberg was the youngest player at 17 years old to ever compete with the German Senior National Team, participating in the EuroBasket Women Qualifying Tournament in Israel.
It was in 2011 when Degbeon received a nomination to the U16 German National Team, as she helped the squad win the FIBA U16 European Championship and elevate their status. The versatile forward who has shown a strong penchant for scoring and rebounding has recently competed for two teams in the German National League, including Team Grünberg and Team Marburg.
“From a personal standpoint, Ama is a phenomenal student,” said Daniel Prince of Passion Hoops International. “Inside that body there is God-given athletic ability. She has phenomenal athletic ability and I couldn’t be happier for her and Sue (Semrau). This is the time for her; she brings a unique ability to Florida State and to the ACC. She’s in attack mode all the time offensively or defensively, whether that’s pinning a shot against the backboard or getting offensive rebounds. It’s that kind of athleticism that Sue is bringing to Florida State and to the conference.”
Despite her young age, Degbeon’s international experience is expected to help her greatly in her time as a Seminole. She has played numerous games in France, Great Britain, Israel, Finland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Belgium and more. In her most recent season with Team Grünberg, she averaged 12.4 points per game and led her team in rebounding (11.2) and blocked shots. She also hit nearly 60 percent of her shots from the field, averaging 57.5 percent.
While competing at the U18 Division B Championship in both 2012 and 2013, Degbeon’s production increased. She averaged 12.9 points per game and nearly 10 boards while playing in the 2013 competition. She also led her U19 National Team to a first-place finish in 2013.
With the Seminoles being loaded with guards and an emerging set of low-post players for next season, Degbeon’s addition to the 2014-15 squad puts Florida State in great position to challenge atop the ACC standings once again. She joins Top 15 player Shakayla Thomas as FSU’s first two signees in the 2014 recruiting class.
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