Battles AAC Player of the Year transferred from UCF to Georgia

American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Diamond Battles follows her coach to Georgia.

The Lady Bulldogs announced Monday that Battles was moving from Central Florida, allowing her to continue playing under new Georgia coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson.

Battles was a unanimous first-team All-AAC pick last season, also earning Defensive Player of the Year and league tournament MVP honors.

She will be a fifth-year senior for the Lady Bulldogs, who are preparing for their first season under the former UCF coach. Abrahamson-Henderson was hired by Georgia after Joni Taylor left for Texas A&M.

“Diamond Battles is one of the most elite players in the country, and I can’t wait to see the impact she will have on this program,” said Abrahamson-Henderson. “She’s a relentless defender who can score and distribute the basketball as the next playmaker. She’s also a leader and someone her teammates love to play with.

The 5-foot-8 battles led the Knights with 13.9 points per game to go along with 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals. UCF won the regular season and league tournament titles, earned its highest seed in the NCAA Tournament, and finished 26-4.

Battles also played a major role in the nation’s top-ranked defense. UCF allowed just 47.8 points per game.

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