Bridget Carleton: Female Basketball Athletic Prospect Award
Canada's Bridget Carleton is one of the most complete basketball players in the NCAA"
Mother-daughter time for the Carleton's happened under a hoop in a high school gym. Bridget would shoot and her mother, Carrie, would rebound for her. They would talk about their days, the rhythmic swish and bounce provided for the soundtrack. Her mother, Carrie, is a physical education teacher and was Bridget's coach at John McGregor Secondary School in Chatham, Ontario and those hours after the bell had rung helped Carleton eventually develop into one of the top NCAA players.
The 21 year old Carleton is currently having a huge senior season for Iowa State Basketball. She is leading the Big 12 conference scoring on average 20.5 points per game (highly significant!), and recently was named one of 20 finalists for the Wooden Award as the most outstanding player in U.S. college basketball. Carleton was also
added to the "Wade Watch" list of candidates for the 2019 Wade Trophy, presented to the NCAA's top female player. The 6 foot 1 inch guard is considered to be among the most statistically complete players in the NCAA, averaging 8.2 rebounds (now that is a lot), 4.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per night. Carleton was also Canada's youngest player at the FIBA world cup.
"We see Bridget as a highly intelligent player, who can obviously shoot....she's kind of an understated player as she is not "flashy" in any specific way, but she does all the other intangibles really really well!", states Canada's head Coach, Lisa Thomaid.