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FILM ROOM: Georgia Amoore makes for the perfect floor general

Screenshot 2023-11-10 at 1.25.30 PMby:Phoenix Stevens06/18/24

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Here, we debut the “Film Room” series, a weekly series where we’ll be taking a look at each player on Kentucky’s 2024-25 roster and breaking down their film. Let’s start with AP All-American guard Georgia Amoore.

It goes without saying, but Amoore has an excellent all-around game. If it weren’t for the JuJu Watkins and Paige Bueckers of the world, she may very well be the best player in the country next season. She’s just that good.

Now, here’s the more in-depth analysis you came here for.

Disruptive defense leading to instant offense

One of the more underrated parts of Amoore’s game is just how disruptive she is defensively. She has never averaged over one steal per game during her career, yet it seems like she’s always making a play on the ball.

As a guard, her defensive prowess is second to none. Even if she isn’t posting Hannah Hidalgo numbers, she’s still making an impact. Oftentimes, she forces turnovers which immediately leads to instant offense. Of course, at that point, Amoore takes charge, leading to a score.

Additionally, Amoore puts the “fast” in fastbreak when she handles the ball in transition, blowing by defenders. She looks like a running back out on the hardwood, dodging and weaving through people as she goes. It’s full-steam ahead with Amoore. That usually leads to open opportunities on offense.

Elite court vision and finding teammates

Unlike her abilities on defense, her masterful passing skills do show up in the stat sheet. For her career, Amoore has averaged 5.2 assists per game (2nd best in Virginia Tech history) and her career-high 6.8 assists per game last season were good for 4th in the nation.

On top of that, Amoore’s 656 career assists are first all-time for the Hokies, and her 30.2 assist percentage is 3rd all-time for Virginia Tech. It goes without saying, but Amoore is an awesome, awesome passer.

We’ll get more into it in just a second, but Amoore is a phenomenal scorer. So, teams have to be cognizant of that and put pressure on her. As a result, she finds an open shooter or someone working down low. That person has always been Elizabeth Kitley, who is great in her own right. However, Amoore’s ability to get the ball to her certainly helped too.

Knockdown shooting at its finest

For UK fans, this is going to be really fun to watch. Amoore is the definition of a knockdown shooter, specifically from deep. Along with the 18.8 points per game last season, she shot 33.5% from deep, which is a solid clip at this level. However, that was actually her worst season as far as three-point percentage goes.

For her career, Amoore shoots 36.1% from three-point range and she even reached 40% as a sophomore. As we mentioned before, she likes to get going in transition. A lot of the time, she’ll find a teammate for an easy bucket. However, she’ll also just launch it from deep sometimes too.

It’s kind of amazing just watching how confident Amoore can be on the court. Clearly, Kenny Brooks has given her the green light because she’ll do her best Stephen Curry impression every once in a while. Of course, this doesn’t typically happen down the stretch as much or in high-pressure situations, but every possession matters. Luckily for Amoore, she justifies her quick trigger by finding the bottom of the net.

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