UNC transfer joins Florida women's basketball team
Former North Carolina guard Antoinette Bannister has enrolled at UF and joined the women's basketball team. Bannister decided to transfer due to family reasons
A native of Jacksonville, Bannister spent the 2012 fall semester at North Carolina and played in eight games, averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 reboundsin 8.6 minutes per game. She will be eligible to compete for the Gators one day after the fall of 2013 final exams have been completed.
“Back in October, I found out my mom got sick, so I had been battling whether or not 'Do I want to go home?'” Bannister said. “I just prayed to God about it and finally decided I wanted to move closer to home. She just had surgery Thursday morning (Jan. 10) and she's doing pretty good. I'm excited to be back home in the state of Florida.”
Bannister, who played her prep ball at The Potter’s House Christian Academy where she was coached by her father, Tony Bannister, set the state of Florida’s all-time prep scoring record with 4,758 points. During her senior year, Bannister led the Christian Lions to a 24-7 record and the 2012 National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) Basketball Championship, scoring 35 points in a 72-64 win against Life Center Academy to cap off the best-of-three series and the title.
“Antoinette is a very complete offensive ballplayer,” Florida coach Amanda Butler said. “She’s been well-coached, brought by a daddy who was all-basketball, all the time so she knows that game. She has a very high basketball I.Q. She comes from a very successful and accomplished high school program here in our state. Antoinette is a player who can dribble, pass and shoot and has a great feel for the game. We’re excited about her bringing all parts of her game to our team and adding to what we already have.”