High School: Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis, MO)
Recruiting Status: Undecided
Recruiting Summary for Natalie Potts
offers in 2020:
- July: Illinois State, Saint Louis
- October: Bradley:
offers in 2021:
- January: Kansas City, Northern Kentucky
- February: Central Missouri (D-II)
- April: Belmont, Creighton
- July: Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan, Missouri State, Oklahoma State
- August: Butler, Dayton, Indiana State, Stetson
- September: Delaware
Natalie Potts: 2020-21 Gatorade Missouri Girls Basketball Player of the
Year (press release, 5/27/2021)
Potts has volunteered with her local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she has donated her time as a youth basketball coach. “The thing about Natalie is that she plays both ends of the court,” said Jeff Gaona, head coach of Nerinx Hall. “Her offensive numbers are very impressive, but she also alters tons of shots defensively and she runs the floor at such a high level that she is a huge asset in the press. She affects the game in so many ways.”
All-Metro girls basketball player of the year: Potts makes big step to lead Incarnate Word’s unbeaten run to 11th state championship (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/3/2021)
Rolfes said Potts’ metamorphosis was fun to observe.
“As freshman, we kind of threw her to the wolves,” Rolfes said. “Just because of her size, she was going to play regardless. When I saw her play some (in club games), she was a completely different player with a ton of confidence.”
Potts, who lives in O’Fallon, got stronger and became faster. Her ability to glide up and down the court with relative ease made her a legitimate threat at both ends. She also developed a 3-point game. She made of 15 of 49 triples in the recently completed season after hitting just four of 10 as a freshman.
“Last summer was a big summer for me,” Potts said. “The quarantine made me do things on my own. Then it all started coming together.”
A straight-A student, Potts got her last B in the eighth grade. She has continued to sizzle in both the classroom and on the court.
“A lot of my life is basketball,” Potts said. “But I’ve still got to keep my grades up.”