Draft Prospect Profiles | Alaina Coates


College: South Carolina
Class: Senior
Height: 6-4
Position: Center
Hometown: Irmo, S.C.

Quick Hits

• First-Team All-SEC by league coaches (2016-17)
• SEC All-Defensive Team (2016-17)
• Three-time SEC Player of the Week (11/15/16, 11/22/16, 12/13/16)
• Naismith Trophy Top 30 Watch List

Coates finished her career at South Carolina as the third most dominant scorer in school’s history and now stands second in program history in career boards. She is the fourth Gamecock of all-time to accrue 1,500 career points playing every season in the SEC, 12th overall. She is the first player in school history to amass 50 career double-doubles. That makes her the second player ever to reach that milestone. She ranks first among active NCAA Division I players in career rebounds and double-doubles (57), ranking seventh in career field goal percentage (.620) Coates will also go down in the record books as being the first Gamecock to earn All-SEC honors all three years of her career (First Team in 2016, 2017; Second Team in 2014, 2015).

2016-17 SEASON
• Entered season rated No. 9 player in the nation by espnW • First-Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Team • Team captain • Tops the SEC and is third in the nation in field goal percentage • Is seventh nationally and first in the conference in rebounds • Comes in 20th in the SEC in scoring • Led the league with 11.1 rebounds in conference play • Averaged a double-double in SEC play – 12.7 ppg, 11.1 rpg • Netted 10 points and grabbed nine of her game-high 15 boards in the second half at #1/1 UConn (Feb. 13) to notch her fourth double-double against a top-10 opponent this season • Dominated down low early and often at Arkansas (Feb. 5), beginning with personal 6-0 run in first quarter to open 13-2 lead just 4:30 into the game and recording her double-double with 3:00 left in first half • Career-high 19 rebounds are most by any SEC player this season • Notched 50th career double-double against Alabama (Jan. 1), posting nine points and five boards in the first quarter

“Every night she comes with an attitude of ‘I’m going to outwork my opponent.’ We had some chances to keep her off the glass and she just outworked us. She’s playing like one of the best players in the SEC.”
-LSU Head Coach Nikki Fargas

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