Aug. 28, 2003
BERKELEY - Emmelie Geraedts, a 6-2 center who plays for the Dutch national team, has signed to play basketball at California, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Thursday.
"Emmelie brings extensive world-class experience to our team," said Horstmeyer, who enters her fourth season in Berkeley. "She has a good touch out to about 15 feet, is a quick learner and has a great work ethic."
Geraedts, who is the youngest member of the Dutch national team at age 18, comes to Cal with four years of eligibility and extensive playing experience. She has traveled throughout Europe to represent her country at international tournaments.
A product of Weert, The Netherlands, Geraedts also has played on three different amateur club teams -- B.C. Aeternitas, P.S.V. Almonte (first division in The Netherlands) and B.C. Houthalen 2000 (second division in Belgium) - and has led all three teams to division titles.
Geraedts will help fill the shoes of center Timea Ivanyi, who averaged 9.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg during her only season with the Bears in 2002-03. Ivanyi completed her eligibility with the Bears last March and will not return to the team this year. She came to the United States with only three years of collegiate eligibility as a result of playing with a European club team after her 21st birthday and spent two seasons at the junior college level before enrolling at Cal.
"Timea did a great job for us last season and will be missed," said Horstmeyer.
Geraedts joins spring signee Keanna Levy, the 2003 Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year, as the only true freshmen on the 2003-04 Cal women's basketball team.