Emilia Dannebauer Signee PhotoEmilia Dannebauer Signee Photo
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Women's Basketball

Dannebauer to join UTSA women's basketball

She represents the fifth member of the signing class, joining Nina De Leon Negron, Mia Hammonds, Taylor Ross, and Damara Allen

SAN ANTONIO — On Thursday, UTSA women's basketball coach Karen Aston officially announced the signing of Berlin, Germany native Emilia Dannebauer to the squad 

Emilia Dannebauer | 6-4 | F/C | Berlin, Germany | Sportgymnasium Chemnit

Head Coach Karen Aston on Dannebauer:

"We are so happy to welcome Emilia to UTSA and our Roadrunner basketball family. We have built a relationship with Emilia and her family throughout the year and were thrilled to host her a few weeks ago. She has some unique qualities that I think are going to translate to the college game very quickly. Emilia has had experience on a high level, which is always a positive due to the mature nature of the game internationally. Her game is very different from anyone we have, which makes her a perfect fit for the puzzle and chemistry of our team. She is a shot blocker and can stretch the floor also, which is unique at her size. Needless to say, Emilia is also a terrific student, and is so excited about having the full college experience. We can't wait to watch her grow here in San Antonio."

A 6'4" forward/center, Dannebauer has spent time on the junior German national team and has climbed the ladder from the Female Youth Basketball Bundesliga (WNBL) into the second tier of the Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga (2. DBBL), where she starred for the Chemcats Chemnitz. 

With the Chemcats, she is coming off a sixth-place finish in the North division, which saw her average 8.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.4 BPG, and 1.4 SPG as the starting center. Previously, she finished second in the German Women's 3x3 championship, took fourth in the North division with her WNBL club, was the German runner-up in 2021-22, and the league's champion in 2019-20. 

In the WNBL, she averaged a double-double, scoring 15.2 PPG at a 52.5% clip to go along with 12.3 RPG, 2.4 BPG, and 1.8 SPG. Dannebauer logged a career-high 28 points against Mittelhessen in November 2022, and across her time with the German Junior National Team, she averaged 5.5 PPG. 

Dannebauer is the daughter of Kathleen Siegert and Andreai Dannebauer, and she has one brother, Elias Dannebauer. At UTSA, she will study elementary school education, with the goal of playing in the WNBA before transitioning toward a career in coaching. 

She becomes the fifth signee of the 2024-25 recruiting class, joining Nina De Leon Negron, Mia Hammonds, Taylor Ross, and Damara Allen.

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