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Ashley Houts

School

University of Georgia

Position
Guard
Major
Recreation and Leisure Studies
PPG
12.6
RPG
3.2
APG
3.8

Classroom

Houts was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. To be recognized, a student-athlete must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher either cumulative or for either the previous academic year.

Character

The undisputed leader of the Lady Bulldogs since her freshman season, Houts has led Georgia in minutes played since her freshman year and has broken the school record for average minutes per game twice. One of the most polite and most respectful student-athletes on the UGA campus, “She’s a coach’s dream,” said head coach Andy Landers.

Community

Houts helped the Lady Bulldog basketball’s efforts to obtain donated bicycles,  assemble the bikes and provide them to worthy children for Christmas both in 2007 and 2008. She volunteered at the Athens Boys and Girls Club, visited patients at Athens’ St. Mary’s Hospital, took part in “play date” with Clarke Central High School students, volunteered to assist the Special Olympics in her hometown of Trenton, Ga., spoke to children at elementary schools both in her hometown and in
Athens, and visited families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. She was a “celebrity” guest for the dunking booth at the Barrow Elementary Spring Fling in Athens; she assisted with summer camps with youth programs in her hometown; she organized and orchestrated individual sessions for children in Ellijay, Ga., mentoring and working with them; she assisted former Lady Bulldog Lady Grooms with a basketball camp in the Atlanta area and volunteered to assist neighborhood children Grooms mentors; she spoke to a church youth group and shared testimony in Buford, Ga.; she volunteered and assisted with an open field day event for Athens-area children at the UGA Intramural Fields, and she visited with children of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow while there as a member of the U.S. National Team competing in the U21 World Championships.

Competition

Houts is on the preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award and State Farm/Wade Trophy. She was named first-team pre-season All-SEC by the league’s media. She led Georgia in the following stats in 2008-09: scoring, assists, steals, free throw percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and minutes per game. She averaged 8.3 points for the U.S. National Team that won the 2009 World University Games, her second international gold medal representing her country in the last three summers.