Jason Laatsch | #12 | G
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Previous School: Briarwood Christian School
Major: Sports Management
2012-13: West Florida's only freshman that saw significant playing time, and UWF's only true freshman to play... One of four players to record minutes in every game on the season, averaging 18.2 per game... Started eight games... Averaged 4.9 points per game after totaling 138 points... Grabbed 51 rebounds for 1.8 per game... UWF's second-best free throw shooter averaging 80.6 percent... Dished out 45 assists... Scored a career-best 15 points against Shorter (1/3)... Career-high five rebounds against Valdosta State (1/19)... Six games with 10+ points.
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter at Briarwood Christian School… set school records with 1,404 career points, 197 career three-pointers, 73 three-pointers made in a season, and eight three-pointers made in a game… as a senior averaged 18.2 points, five assists and four rebounds per game… also shot 41.2 percent from three-point territory his senior year… averaged 18.5 points per game as a junior to go along with 2.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest… scored his 1,000th career point as a junior on Dec. 3, 2011 against Hueytown High School… three-time team Most Valuable Player and two-time Offensive MVP… named to the all-area and all-county teams three times each… named team captain his senior year.
Personal: Son of Chris and Leigh Laatsch… has six siblings, Katherine, Joshua, William, Allison, Mary Elizabeth and Austin… majoring in Sports Management... lists bowling as one of his favorite hobbies… hopes to be a coach after his playing career is over.
Quote from head coach Bob Stinnett:
"Jason is a great young man and an excellent basketball player. He is able to affect the game in so many different ways whether it’s stretching the defense with his shooting, passing to open teammates or playing great defense.”
Career Highs Through 2012-13:
Points: 15, Shorter -- 01/03/13
Rebounds: 5, Valdosta State -- 01/19/13
Assists: 5, Valdosta State -- 01/19/13 ; vs North Alabama -- 03/08/13
Steals: 3, Christian Brothers -- 01/26/13
Blocks: 1, Georgia College -- 11/11/12
FG made: 6, Shorter -- 01/03/13
FG attempts: 11, Shorter -- 01/03/13
3FG made: 3, North Alabama -- 01/31/13
3FG attempts: 6, at Valdosta State -- 02/23/13 ; at West Alabama -- 1/10/12
FT made: 4, Albany State -- 11/23/12
FT attempts: 4, 5 times