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Georgia Amoore explains thoughts behind transfer to Kentucky

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Virginia Tech transfer Georgia Amoore went on Sunday Morning Sports Talk last weekend to talk about her decision to come to Kentucky. The Australian point guard announced her departure from Virginia Tech on March 28, then revealed her commitment to Kentucky and Kenny Brooks (her former coach at VT) on April 4.

Over her four-year career as a Hokie, Amoore averaged 14.7 points and 5.2 assists per game, with a staggering 18.8 points per game average as a senior. On top of that, the 5-foot-6 guard was the third all-time leading scorer for her program (1,853 points).

During the show, Amoore was asked the questions. Why did she leave Virginia Tech? And why did she choose Kentucky? If she was on track to become the all-time leading scorer at Virginia Tech, why wouldn’t she want to solidify that legacy?

“Well, I mean, I don’t think I was going to get anywhere near close to leading scorer. My old teammate [Elizabeth Kitley], she had that pretty locked down,” Amoore said. “But I know it’s a big decision for me, I think, you know, fifth year. I could have left, I could have gone home, I could have gone pro. I had a lot to consider.”

I speak for a lot of people when I say that it was expected for Amoore to make the transition to the WNBA. In fact, she was a projected first-round pick by ESPN. However, Amoore chalks up the decision to her longstanding relationship with her incoming head coach Kenny Brooks.

“Coach Brooks has made me into the player I am today, and I know there’s so much more to learn and to grow,” Amoore said.

“At the end of my time at Kentucky, I will have to move on from the college lifestyle,” she continued. “But, you know, what better place to do it than at Kentucky with Coach Brooks? And I’m super excited, and I’m very, very comfortable in my decision.”

When asked what she likes the most about Brooks, the former Hokie mentioned his personality. Amoore explained that when she first moved to the states, she had “potential.”

“…Potential is definitely a word you can throw around a lot, and potential is potential until you do something about it,” she said. “But he helped me bring out a player in me and developed me and stood by me for these four years.”

During the travel restrictions for Covid-19, Amoore was unable to see her family for two whole years.

“My early times in college were definitely tough, but all throughout that, he was there and he developed me as a player, but his whole family was there for me as a human.”

It’s safe to say that the point guard and Kenny Brooks are close, and will continue to be close for years after Georgia Amoore’s final college season at Kentucky.


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2024-06-13