Hokies All-American Georgia Amoore To Transfer To Kentucky

Hokies All-American point guard Georgia Amoore is joining Kenny Brooks in Kentucky. (Ivan Morozov)

On Thursday night, Hokies All-American point guard Georgia Amoore announced she’s following Kenny Brooks and transferring to Kentucky for her final year of eligibility. Teammate Clara Strack (6-5, Fr., C) did the same a few minutes later. Both entered the transfer portal on Tuesday.

A 5-foot-6 senior from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Amoore accumulated 1,853 points and a school-record 656 assists in four seasons with the Hokies. She leaves Blacksburg with the program’s lone triple-double and ranks first in assist/turnover ratio in a career (1.8), second in 3-pointers made (330) and third in games started (124).

“I’ve had a time here,” Amoore said on March 24 after Tech’s second-round NCAA Tournament exit vs. Baylor. “I came here, and I was not good, couldn’t shoot, probably a little too overweight, probably too slow, had too much fun, had to get reeled in. But I got here, and it was the perfect place for me to settle in and kind of not control myself, but lock in on basketball. It’s a perfect place to do that.

“I came here, and I trusted Coach Brooks 100 percent, even when I didn’t trust in myself. It’s paid off immensely. I couldn’t be more grateful for our time together. … I couldn’t be more appreciative of how it’s transformed me as not only a basketball player, but a person, and it’s because I surrounded myself with great people. … I didn’t know at that time how it would play out, but I took the chance, and I’m very, very grateful that I did because I’ve got him for life now. I’ve loved it, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Amoore was a two-time First Team All-ACC selection who propelled the Hokies to an ACC Tournament championship and a Final Four appearance in 2023. She averaged 22 points and nearly five 3-pointers per contest that March and scored 20-plus points in six straight contests. She was named ACC Tournament MVP and Seattle 3 Regional’s Most Outstanding Player.

After averaging 16.3 points and 4.9 assists per game last season, those jumpers jumped up to 18.8 points and 6.8 assists, the latter of which ranked in the top five in the country. She had two 30-point games against Iowa (31 on Nov. 9) and Virginia (39 on March 3), respectively.

Amoore was pivotal in helping the Hokies rise to national prominence. In her four years, they were 94-33 (.740) overall and 49-21 (.700) in ACC play with three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2022-24. She played in 126 of the 127 games in that stretch, starting 124.

On March 26, Amoore was announced as one of the 26 players that will participate in training camps, tours and fixtures for the Australian national team ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. The final 12-player team will be chosen from the extended squad.

Virginia Tech was just one of two D-I visits for Amoore out of high school in 2019. Brooks discovered her in Belarus and knew immediately he had a gem on his hands. The two have a very close relationship, and despite being a potential top-five pick in the upcoming WNBA Draft, she’ll join him in Lexington, Ky. Brooks was announced as the new head coach of the Wildcats on March 26.

“This is my second dad,” Amoore said of Brooks. “Seriously, basketball, all that, but off court. I am fearful that we are the same person. I’m a 23-year-old woman, and I think I act a little too much like him. That’s my second dad. That’s my American dad.

“We’ve been through some tough times. We’ve been through some great times. It’s a relationship that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I know that I always have him, and I love him to death.”

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  1. I don’t blame her. When I was a member of the debate team in the mid-70s at VT I had a great debate coach who was also charismatic. We were successful on behalf of VT, and proud of it, because of how good a coach and friend as well as mentor he was to all of us. He would years later, after I graduated, leave VT to go to another college where he took them to a national championship. Had I still been at VT when he left and had there been a financial help for transferring to that other school I, and the other members of the team, may well have transferred to stay with a great coach friend, and mentor. I still would considered myself a ‘VT guy’ but I may well have transferred. I don’t doubt she is transferring for the same reason, not out of disloyalty to VT and I am sure she will always really consider herself a proud Hokie.

    1. You made some very convincing points lazarus1. You have convinced me to agree and hope she will donate to the Hokie Club someday, the folks that paid her scholarship here in Blacksburg.

  2. Why write an article about another team? This is not appreciated. She was a good Hokie. Now she’s left for Kentucky. I don’t want to hear about her or her American Daddy again. I want more news on our players, new coach and her assistants and family. Please write about the players who want to be Hokies.

    1. David’s job is to report the news and this is news.

      It’s not good news, but he has a job to do and he does it well.

  3. Hurts to see, but Georgia is the kind of human that all parents would be proud to call their own. I wish her continued success on the court and in life. Go Hokies! Go Amoore!

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