Winthrop women’s basketball coach Kevin Cook has landed 6-foot Australian under-18 standout Bridget O’Brien for the 2015-16 season.
O’Brien, a native of Brisbane, Australia, attended Canterbury College High School and averaged 16 points and nearly nine rebounds per game while playing for Queensland South in the 2014 Australian Junior Championships last April. She scored in double figures in six of eight tournament games; recorded two double-doubles of 13 points and 10 rebounds, and 18 points and 14 boards; and had scoring performances of 26 and 23 points.
She also averaged over nine points and 10 rebounds during the 2013 Junior National Championships, and 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds in 2012.
O’Brien may be remembered by Rock Hill basketball fans from her time playing in the 2013 Y.C. Winborn Classic that is hosted annually by Rock Hill High School. She was selected as the MVP of that tournament.
“We are thrilled that Bridget has decided to become a Winthrop Eagle,” said Cook. “Bridget is an extremely athletic and versatile performer. She has the ability to play multiple positions and will fit perfectly into our style of play when (she) takes the floor next year as a freshman. Bridget is an honor student and is also the type of individual who will represent Winthrop in an elite manner.”
O’Brien was a member of the 2014 under-17 Australian National Team that finished fifth at the FIBA World Championships. She was also selected to play for the 2014 Sapphires under-17 team that toured China and was selected as the 2014 Logan Basketball Association Female Basketballer of the Year, the 2014 Canterbury College H.S. Basketballer of the Year, and the 2013 Canterbury College Athlete of the Year.
Last February, O’Brien was among 16 players, ages 14-17, to be inducted into the Basketball Queensland National Performance Program. She was one of five players in that group who had already experienced success at the international level.
O’Brien will enroll at Winthrop in January and sit out the spring semester before competing during the 2015 fall semester.