Arizona women’s basketball’s Sammy Fatkin is transferring to Montana, it was announced Tuesday.
The 6-foot freshman guard appeared in 28 (of 30) games in 2017-18, averaging 2.0 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 11.8 minutes.
The Wildcats, who went 6-24, are only graduating two players, while adding a top-five recruiting class along with three highly-regarded transfers, which would have made it difficult for Fatkin to carve out a substantial role as a sophomore.
“I want to be more involved on the floor instead of just a guard who only contributes by shooting from the corner,” Fatkin said in a release. ”My favorite part of the game is distributing the ball and getting everyone involved. I want to offer a team more than I was doing.”
A Snohomish, Washington native, Fatkin was a three-star recruit of Glacier Peak High School. ESPN ranked her as the No. 30 point guard in the 2017 class.
“She does things that you can’t teach,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said in 2016. “Her vision and senses are great on the court. She brings three-point shooting to the table, is very versatile and has good size at the one, two or three positions. I love the way she plays with a chip on her shoulder and I think she is going to be a sleeper because she is very athletic and can play multiple positions. Samantha is also a great teammate and is the total package student-athlete.”
Fatkin will have to sit out the 2018-19 season before having three years of eligibility. She visited Montana this past weekend. The Grizzlies recruited her out of high school, but she wound up choosing Arizona instead.
“Everything was great the first time around. I fell in love the first time I visited,” Fatkin said of Montana. “I’m glad I had this year of experience, but I’m thankful to have the opportunity to go to Montana. I’m happy they took my phone call.
”I was looking for different things in a program the second time around. Team chemistry was very important to me, as was being surrounded by good people and being part of a team that has the same goal, with everyone working hard to get there.”