Meredith Botes, a 6-2 post player from Briarwood Christian Academy in Birmingham, has signed a scholarship to play basketball at Faulkner University, Lady Eagles head coach Reed Sutton announced today. Botes becomes Faulkner’s second signee to the 2011-12 class, joining Spanish Fort’s Allison Whitley.
Briarwood currently stands at 26-5 on the season and Botes has played a key role, averaging nine points and seven rebounds a game for coach Jim Brown. The Lady Lions recently won the 5A, Area 7 tournament for the third consecutive year, and Botes was selected to the all-tournament team. She shoots 46 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free-throw line.
Botes is equally impressive off the court, volunteering at the North Shelby County Library and the Greystone YMCA as a sports official. She made a 28 on her ACT and holds a 3.4 grade-point average at Briarwood.
“We are very excited to add Meredith to the women’s basketball family at Faulkner,” Sutton said. “She comes from a great high school program led by coach Brown who has won over 400 games there. I saw her last summer playing for Matt Shewmake in the Alabama Elite AAU program, and knew immediately we wanted her at Faulkner. Meredith has tremendous potential to be a great post player in our program’s future as we try to add depth inside.
“She is a Godly young woman, an outstanding student, has a great work ethic, and a wonderful family support system. Those are all ingredients that our program is attracted to.”
In its inaugural season, Sutton’s Lady Eagles are 18-7 overall and 4-4 in the Southern States Athletic Conference’s West Division.