TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball’s guard depth got even greater on Wednesday afternoon as Savannah Wilkinson of London, England, signed her National Letter of Intent to play with the Seminoles beginning in the 2017-18 season.
Wilkinson is a 5-foot-11 guard with immense versatility, showcasing an excellent combination of long-range and mid-range shooting while also being able to drive efficiently to the hoop. She is considered the top young player in Great Britain with an excellent basketball future.
“We are thrilled to have Savannah join our Seminole family,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She is more than a talented basketball player, she is an intelligent and sacrificial leader. ‘Savvy’ is devoted to the sport and she’s devoted to her teammates.”
Wilkinson will be the third Seminole in the last year who carries Senior Women’s National Team experience after being called up to Great Britain’s top-level team in 2015. Current senior point guard Leticia Romero and former player Leonor Rodriguez both earned silver medals after helping Spain deliver an impressive performance in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Wilkinson is a product of Barking Abbey Basketball Academy, which was founded in 2005 and is also connected to the long-standing school that provides a quality education. She will become the second Barking Abbey player to compete with Florida State, joining former men’s player Robert Gilchrist (2012-14).
Last season, the athletic combo guard averaged 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal while leading Barking Abbey to the Women’s British Basketball League championship game. Her U.S. college recruitment included a number of schools, most notably Kentucky, Wisconsin and Purdue.
As a result of her strong season in 2015-16, she was named to the 2016 Molten WBBL All-British Team. In 2015, she earned the honor of Molten WBBL Young Player of the Year in a landslide, winning the award that is open to all players 21 or younger as a 16-year old. She came off a year where she nearly averaged a double-double, scoring 10.4 points per game with 9.3 boards.
Wilkinson is participating in one more season in the WBBL before preparing to move to Tallahassee for the start of the 2017-18 season. While the Seminoles stand to absorb key losses in the back court with seniors Romero and Brittany Brown, Wilkinson is set to join a very talented guard core that would include Imani Wright, Nicole Ekhomu, A’Tyanna Gaulden and Nausia Woolfolk.
Based off the current FSU roster, Wilkinson would be the seventh Seminole who has participated in high-level FIBA competition. From 2012-14, she competed in the U16 European Championship, averaging 14.9 points and 11.6 rebounds along with 1.1 assists in 2014. In that tournament, she was one of just two players who finished in the Top five in both scoring and rebounding.
In 2015, Wilkinson competed in the U18 European Championship where she averaged 8.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists. This past summer in Montenegro, she averaged 9.5 points in the U20 European Championship, including 16-point and 15-point efforts against Romania and Montenegro, respectively.
She will compete with Great Britain’s Senior Women’s National Team later this month as part of the EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers.
Wilkinson is part of the 2017 Hoopgurlz espnW Top 100 players, ranking 52nd overall and 16th among all guards.