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Adut Bulgak

School

Florida State University

Position
Center
Major
interdisciplinary social sciences

Classroom

Adut Bulgak is an interdisciplinary social sciences major who recorded a 3.047 GPA in the fall 2014 and is very driven to fulfill her academic requirements. She is a hard-working student-athlete who is always conscientious about getting her work done and is trying to develop a good career plan for life outside of basketball.

Character

Coming in as a junior college All-American last season, Bulgak entered Tallahassee with a reserved personality but has grown into one of the most outspoken student-athletes on the team. Despite being far away from her actual home in Edmonton, Canada, she has meshed extremely well with her coaches and teammates and is proud to call Tallahassee her second home. Bulgak is driven to reach her goals on the court and possesses an inner drive that may not show up externally but is noticeably there. She is an unselfish player who doesn’t seek credit and only cares about taking care of her responsibility on the court while helping her teammates.

Community

Although Bulgak has only been in Tallahassee for a year, she has devoted much of her time to assisting others in the Big Bend area. Whether it’s spending time reading to kids at Spring Wood or Kate Sullivan Elementary School or cheering on runners at 5K events, Bulgak has been a recognizable figure in the community. She has visited the Florida Baptist’s Children’s Home, worked at the Levy Park Concession Stand and played with kids at the Lawrence-Gregory Community Center. As an All-American, Bulgak understands that she is looked up to by basketball fans and uses her abilities to teach several youth in the Big Bend area about the game of basketball. Last season alone she contributed her time to 13 different community events, and that number will go up even more as the year progresses.

Competition

Bulgak returns as one of the nation’s premier centers. She is coming off a junior campaign in which she was an Associated Press and WBCA All-American while earning team MVP honors for a group that reached the NCAA Elite Eight. Bulgak was also a first-team All-ACC performer. She led FSU in points per game (12.3), rebounds per game (9.5), offensive rebounds (113), defensive rebounds (219), total rebounds (332), field goals made (162), blocked shots (54) and double-doubles (12). What was evident last season was how the Seminoles struggled without her presence for two games due to a concussion, shooting just 39 percent from the floor and averaging just 58.5 points. Bulgak’s abilities aren’t just limited to post offense and defense; she also drilled 25 3-pointers (25-of-75) and has one of the nicest outside shots by a center in the country. Bulgak was a focal point for a team last season that broke numerous program records including number of wins (32), and she will once again be expected to carry the load and help FSU reach its first Final Four.