Beatrice Mompremier, who along with WNBA star Sylvia Fowles is considered one of the two most dominant women’s basketball players to emerge out of Miami, is coming home.
Mompremier, a 6-4 center who recently announced she was leaving Baylor after two productive years, is transferring to the University of Miami Hurricanes.
Canes coach Katie Meier, who was unable to sign Mompremier when she was a McDonald’s All-American at Miami High, got the job done this time, and she credited assistant coach Octavia Blue.
“Octavia did a great job speaking directly to Beatrice,” Meier said. “Octavia said, ‘I came to Miami. I got my jersey retired. I played in the pros. And you are better than me.’ ”
In other words, there is no telling what Mompremier can accomplish now that she is home, a point highlighted by Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten.
“I’m extremely excited that Beatrice gets to come home and play for the hometown fans,” Baumgarten said of Mompremier, who also considered transferring toTennessee, Notre Dame and Florida State. “I’m also happy for [Meier] and her staff. They are so dedicated to UM.
“I hope that together they can make a Final Four appearance.”
Miami got to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past season before losing at home to Quinnipiac, a lower seed,
Meanwhile, Mompremier averaged 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds at Baylor, starting 10 of her 32 games on a team that went 30-3 and made the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row.
At Miami High, Mompremier was the 2015 Miss Florida Basketball winner, averaging 25.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.5 steals and 2.6 assists.
The arrival of Mompremier is good news for a Miami program that went heavy on guards for its 2017 recruiting class. In fact, all five of their signees are backcourt players.
As per NCAA transfer rules, Mompremier will have to sit out the upcoming season. When she is eligible again, for the 2018-2019 season, two Miami post players will have graduated, Erykah Davenport and Khaila Prather.
Mompremier, who has two years of eligibility remaining, would likely start in a two-post system with Emese Hof, who will be a senior by then.
Meier said she is thrilled that the Canes have signed two players from South Florida in Mompremier and Class of 2017 guard Kelsey Marshall of Miami Country Day.
“It’s really important to us that local players are picking Miami,” Meier said. “They are showing us that respect as a program.”