Former Lincoln High basketball star and recent first-round pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, Alex Montgomery is this yearÕs Dick Hannula Female Amateur Athlete of the Year.
Montgomery is a 6-foot-1 guard/forward who can score from anywhere on the court and earned a reputation as a disruptive defender due to her size and great athleticism. She did everything from jump center to run the team as point guard. These talents were a big reason why she was a part of more wins (91) than any other player in Georgia Tech history. After leading Georgia Tech in scoring (13.9 per game) and rebounding (8.6 per game) as a senior, Montgomery was the first-round pick (No. 10) of the New York Liberty.
The 2007 Lincoln graduate finished her career sixth on the Georgia Tech all-time scoring list with 1,565 points, third in three-pointers made (237), fourth in rebounds (837), fifth in steals (226) and tied for second in games played (123). Her 237 career threes rank tied for ninth in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
Montgomery was the first ACC player taken in the draft and is the highest Yellow Jacket to ever be drafted. She became the sixth Georgia Tech player to be selected in the WNBA Draft. She earned several postseason honors in her career. As a senior, she was named State Farm Coaches' All-America Honorable Mention, the State of Georgia Women's College Player of the Year, Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive Team.
Montgomery led the Yellow Jackets to a school-record 24 wins, an NCAA Tournament berth, and helped Tech win only its third tournament game. She is the only player to rank in Georgia TechÕs top 10 in career points, rebounds, steals, three pointers made and games played. She posted 21 career double doubles. These impressive numbers were achieved even though she tore a knee ligament at the end of the 2009 season, causing her to miss five games at the start of her junior year.
Born Nov. 12, 1988, Montgomery was a four-year letter winner at Lincoln under coach Kevin Strozier. She averaged 22.3 points, 18.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 6.4 blocks her senior season. She recorded seven quadruple doubles as an Abe.