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Adrienne Motley


University of Miami

Electronics Communications


After just her first year of college, Adrienne Motley was selected to the All-ACC Academic Team, garnering the honors following the 2013-14 campaign. Motley, who majors in electronic communications and minors in marketing, also has earned one Athletic Director’s Honor Roll distinction—an accolade for student-athletes with a GPA of at least 3.2 in a semester.


You would never have known that Adrienne Motley was playing through several injuries over the course of her outstanding junior season. Not only was she dominant on the court—first-team All-ACC, WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, Wade Watch List—but she did not complain about her pain. No matter what injury she had, Motley went on the court and gave it her all each and every night. Motley also dealt with pain from injuries as a sophomore en route to a first-team All-ACC pick. Additionally, she was in a car accident during that tremendous campaign, but she never used that as an excuse or let it get her down.

Motley has been a model of consistency for the Hurricanes, both as a player and as a personality around her teammates. The Newport News, Va., native keeps the mood light off the court and holds her teammates accountable on the court. Respected by her coaches and peers, Motley is entering her second season as a team captain and is a three-time reigning team MVP. She is frequently one of the first players on the court to take shots and deeply cares about the level of performance of both herself and her team. Her dependability and effort combined with her tremendous skills make Motley the type of individual coaches want to have on their teams.


Motley’s frequent community-based initiatives include the following: serving as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Rep (two years); a USylvester Cancer Challenge Volunteer (Nov. 2015); working at the Lotus House Women’s Shelter (Thanksgiving volunteer and clothing donations); serving at the Miami Rescue Mission Homeless (shoe donations) three times per year; working the Girl Scout Clinic (Jan. 2016); participating in the Stand Up For Kids; participating at Nothing but Nets (April 2014); and participating in Thanking Outreach at the G.W. Carver Elementary School (Nov. 2014).


Motley ranks seventh all-time at Miami in scoring with 1,729 points—one of 13 Hurricanes to eclipse 1,000 in under four years—and is No. 19 nationally among active players, including second in the ACC. She scored 32 points against fourth-ranked Notre Dame to help Miami give the Irish their first of two ACC losses in four years in the conference, and scored 30 as the Hurricanes beat Washington in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Motley is a two-time first-team All-ACC selection—one of four in program history—and a 2015-16 WBCA Coaches All-America Honorable Mention selection, becoming the ninth Hurricane to earn All-America recognition. Last season, she made the Wade Watch List, Naismith Early Season Watch List and the Dawn Staley Award Mid-Season Watch List. This season, Motley became the fifth Hurricane to receive preseason All-America recognition and the fourth to be a multi-year preseason all-conference pick.

In her career, Motley has made six all-tournament teams, winning MVP at four of them. In 2013-14, Motley earned All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC Academic Team honors. The two-time team captain and three-time team MVP has garnered espnW National Player of the Week, ACC Player of the Week and ACC Freshman of the Week accolades at Miami. The guard is averaging 14.3 points on an 45.0 percent shooting in her career, playing in 121 of 122 games, with 118 starts, tied for fourth-most in program history, through Feb. 12. In 2014-15, Motley was the only player to rank top 15 in the ACC in points per game, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage. In 2015-16, she was one of three in the top 10 in points per game, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage.