Women’s Basketball Nabs Another Five-Star Recruit
TAMPA, APRIL 12, 2017 – The future is bright for the University of South Florida women’s basketball program. After landing two five-star recruits in the last two years, head coach Jose Fernandez and his staff announced a third five-star signee on Wednesday.
Silvia Serrat, a wing from Banyoles, Spain, signed with the Bulls and will join her national teammate and fellow five-star standout Alba Prieto (Seville, Spain) and Vanessa Blagmon (Norcross, Ga.) as freshmen on USF’s squad next season.
A member of the Spanish Youth National Teams, Serrat is also on the roster for Segle XXI, one of Barcelona’s premier club teams. Her versatile style of play will fit in perfectly with Fernandez’s system as Serrat is known in Europe for her ability to play inside and out. Serrat is listed as a Passion Hoops and Blue Star Europe Five-star recruit and is referred to as one of the best guard/forward combos in the 2017 class.
Serrat played for Spain in the U17 World Games and averaged nine points, eight rebounds and shot an exceptional 63 percent from the floor. She has been a member of both the U16 and U17 Spanish national teams with Bulls’ early signee Prieto. A starter for Segle XXI, Serrat averages 8.7 points and a team best 6.5 rebounds per game.
The three incoming freshman join a now veteran squad of 10, including four returning starters. The Bulls have an unprecedented three players who received Freshman of the Year honors: The American Freshmen of the Year Kitija Laksa (2016) and Tamara Henshaw (2017) and transfer Alyssa Rader was the Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 2016.
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USF has notched its fifth consecutive 20-win season. The Bulls tallied its 20th win in their 24th contest of the season which tied the fastest any program has reached 20 wins. This is the eighth 20-win season in program history and head coach Jose Fernandez has been at the helm for all eight 20-win seasons. The 2014-15 team reached 20 wins in 24 games, and still currently holds the best record for most wins in a season (27).
USF has made 13 postseason tournament appearances and had five NCAA Tournament berths in Head Coach Jose Fernandez’s 17 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to eight 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship and won more than 300 games.
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