Sophomore wing Lexi Gordon, 6-0 sophomore guard out of Fort Worth, TX, has decided to transfer from UConn. Her other finalists when making her college commitment were Baylor, Texas, and TCU.
“I would like to thank the coaching and support staffs, the fans and most importantly, my teammates, at UConn,” said Gordon. “I am grateful for my time at Connecticut. I’ve learned what it takes to be part of a championship program and I look forward to taking this experience to the next stop in my basketball and academic career.”
Gordon has appeared in 30 games at UConn, including four this season. She averaged 0.4 points and 0.4 rebounds per game in her career.
Candela Hermida, a 5-8 guard out of Vigo, Spain, who was looking to transfer from Siena after leaving that school following the 2017-18 season, has instead trekked back across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom, where she is playing for the Reading Rockets of the WBNL while also attending a UK university. This is per an Atlántico article, with a rough Google translation of the first two paragraphs below.
Candela Hermida (Vigo, 1998) has crossed again the puddle although not to return to Spain from the so-called American dream, but to stop in the United Kingdom. The eclectic has left behind a hard year in the US NCAA, where she did not count for the coach of Siena College, Ali Jaques, and has enrolled in the British National League (WBNL) with Reading Rockets … and also in the university with the center where he is studying: Buckinghamshire New University, better known as Bucks. Between studies and basketball, a new experience.
“My initial idea was to continue in the United States, but it was with a good option on the hands (academic and sports level),” explains the player. And there were, “but none striking enough to start again from scratch after how hard it was the first year,” he says. So he packed his bags again: “Great Britain was a possibility to be able to continue my studies in another language and also offered me the option of doing a double degree that in Spain is non-existent: Business and Psychology”.
Vanessa Blagmon, a 5-8 sophomore guard out of Stockbridge, GA, has transferred from South Florida to Old Dominion.
“I recruited Vanessa during my time at South Carolina and am very familiar with her as a player and a person. She is a tireless worker and a very-skilled player that can score the ball on all levels. She will bring NCAA Tournament experience and an unbelievable work ethic to our team. We are excited to have her and her family join our Monarch family.” – Coach McCray on Blagmon
Anastasia Hayes, dismissed from the Tennessee team in August, has committed to Middle Tennessee, the same school Aislynn Hayes, her younger sister, recently committed to. She’ll sign a letter of intent in January, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports.
“It’s my hometown and this is where my family is from and I get to be home with my family and come home on Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Hayes said about the decision. “I just get to be near my family and the coaches are like family. I love each and every one of them.
“It’s just home. I’m just happy.”
Former Florida player Simone Westbrook will use her 7th season of eligibility at Clemson as a grad transfer, reuniting with her former coach at Florida, Amanda Butler, now beginning her first season at the Clemson helm.
Westbrook, a graduate from the University of Florida, spent two seasons suiting up for the Gators, although she missed her senior season due to a torn ACL. The Chandler, Ariz. Native started 13 of 31 games played for Florida in 2015-16, averaging 8.0 points and 2.4 assists per outing under then-head coach of the Gators, Butler.
The graduate student, who was granted a seventh year of eligibility by the NCAA in June, brings wisdom and experience to the Tigers.
Mississippi State lands Texas A&M grad transfer Anriel Howard (6-1 JR forward, Atlanta, GA). She chose the Bulldogs over South Carolina.
Howard said that she chose the Bulldogs over South Carolina. She also took visits to Florida State and Connecticut. She is the third player to transfer to MSU this season joining sophomores-to-be Andra Espinoza-Hunter from UConn and Promise Taylor from Ole Miss.
Howard comes to State with one of the most productive careers in Aggie women’s basketball history. In just three seasons, Howard became Texas A&M’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,002 and was the first player in school history to hit the 1,000-board mark.
Former TCU player Amber Ramirez (5-8 SO guard, San Antonio, TX) announced that she’s transferring to Arkansas. She made her decision during an official visit.
“It wasn’t a tough decision,” Ramirez said. “I knew what I wanted going into the visit. It was just getting on campus, meeting the rest of the coaching staff, seeing the campus and then making my decision.
“I had coaches call me and stuff, but I had a feeling once Coach Neighbors called me that it was going to be a done deal from there. My family knew it was coming, too. I told them before I went on the visit, ‘It’s happening and it’s happening when I get there.’ It was pretty easy, they weren’t shocked at all.”
Texas announced that Jordan Hosey (6-1 JR forward, Pearland, TX) “has concluded her Texas Basketball career and plans to transfer to another institution to complete her education.” The wording could be interpreted as implying that she won’t be playing basketball at her new school, although that doesn’t seem definite. Some are speculating that if she plans to continue her athletic career, she may transfer to Virginia, following former Texas assistant Tina Thompson, who’s now UVA’s head coach. (6/11/2018)
Forward Jordan Hosey has concluded her Texas Basketball career and plans to transfer to another institution to complete her education, she announced Monday.
TEXAS HEAD COACH KAREN ASTON
“We appreciate Jordan’s important contributions to the Texas Basketball program over the past three years. We wish her the very best in her future.”
“I want to thank The University of Texas, my teammates, coaches and the fans who supported me over the last three years. At this time, I think it’s important for me to focus on my future and completing my degree. I will always be a Longhorn.”
Seton Hall lands Virginia Tech grad transfer Diandra DaRosa, a 5-6 point guard from Pawtucket, RI, who also considered Ole Miss and Boston College. (6/2/2018)
DaRosa waved a fond farewell to Virginia Tech upon graduating in criminology last month. Thanks to taking the medical redshirt, the book wasn’t closed on her college basketball career. She narrowed her post-graduate options down to University of Mississippi, known better as Ole Miss, Seton Hall, and Boston College. Ole Miss and Seton Hall were among the schools that recruited DaRosa coming out of the JUCO ranks.
Besides playing in the Big East and at a school that’s located closer enough to home, what ultimately drew DaRosa to Seton Hall stemmed back to when she checked out several Pirate games while playing at ASA College. Seton Hall utilized a fast-pace style with as many as four guards out on the floor at one time.
“It’s a system where it doesn’t matter what your size or weight is,” DaRosa said. “(Seton Hall head coach Anthony Bozzella) just wants to beat people up the court. He gives his players the freedom to play. If it’s not there, then you step back and run a play. I like that.”
News on two Ole Miss transfers: Madinah Muhammad, 5-8 junior guard out of Chicago, is visiting North Carolina. And St. John’s announced the addition of Alissa Alston, 5-8 junior point guard from New Haven, CT. (5/18/2018)
Alston is coming from Ole Miss where she competed against powerhouse SEC teams over her three seasons with the Rebels. Capping off her junior campaign, Alston started in all 29 games that she appeared, playing a team-most 35.7 minutes per contest.
The New Haven, Conn., native was one of three players to average double figures over her junior season, boasting 14.0 points per game. In addition, Alston paced Ole Miss with 131 assists on the season to sit fourth in the SEC with 4.5 per contest.
Ole Miss transfer Promise Taylor, 6-5 freshman center out of Issaquah, WA, has made her choice: Mississippi State. (5/14/2018)
“I was excited and surprised to receive a call from Mississippi State,” said Taylor, who, in addition to MSU, also took an official visit to TCU. “They are a Final Four team, played in the NCAA national championship game. It was crazy. (Mississippi State head) Coach (Vic) Schaefer told me when he saw me before we played them this season he thought I was pretty good. Then, when we went against them he said he didn’t want to have to play against me again. So, when he saw I was looking to go to another school he thought I should come to Mississippi State.”
Cleveland State grad transfer Ashanti Abshaw, 5-9 redshirt junior forward from Cleveland Heights, OH, will take an official visit to South Carolina. (5/4/2018)
Pitt grad transfer Yacine Diop, 5-10 redshirt junior wing out of Dakar, Senegal, is visiting Louisville this weekend. (4/27/2018)
Yacine Diop, who led Pittsburgh in scoring and rebounding last season, is expected to be on Louisville’s campus this afternoon.
Update (4/30/2018): Diop committed to Louisville.
Texas A&M grad transfer Anriel Howard, 6-1 junior forward out of Atlanta, GA, will officially visit South Carolina this weekend. This will be her fourth visit—and possibly her final one. Her previous visits were to Florida State, UConn, and Mississippi State. (4/24/2018)
On Tuesday, Che Howard [Anriel Howard’s mother] told The State her daughter will visit the Gamecocks this upcoming weekend, starting Thursday. It will be her fourth official visit, and potentially her last.
“That will be her fourth visit. I think Anriel is ready to make a decision after that,” Che Howard said. “I’m pretty sure she’s going to make a decision after this. She’s saying she doesn’t want to take a fifth visit and she just wants to concentrate on her upcoming finals in a few weeks.”
Baylor makes a significant addition to its 2018–19 roster, landing LSU grad transfer Chloe Jackson, 5-9 redshirt junior shooting guard out of Upper Marlboro, MD. (4/24/2018)
Jackson, a 5-9 guard who will earn a business degree from LSU, has one year of eligibility remaining and will pursue an advanced degree in sport management at Baylor.
Jackson earned All-SEC Second Team and LSWA All-Louisiana Second Team recognition after starting all 29 games for LSU last season. She averaged a team-high 18.1 points per game, playing in a team-high 37.0 minutes per contest. Jackson, who led the Lady Tigers in scoring 16 times, also averaged 4.7 boards per game.
An Annapolis Capital Gazette article explains why Kaila Clark, 5-11 sophomore forward, Hughesville, MD, is transferring from Navy to Richmond and also mentions other schools that had contacted Clark following her release from Navy. (4/23/2018)
Arthur Clark said his daughter was contacted by numerous Division I programs after word spread of her impending transfer. High Point, William & Mary, Old Dominion, St. Bonaventure, Seton Hall and Oklahoma all contacted Kaila Clark, who is due to complete the spring semester at the Naval Academy on May 8.
Clark comes from a real basketball family as her father played at Drexel, her mother at Radford and her older sister, Sierra, at Wagner.
South Carolina is interested in TCU transfer Amber Ramirez, 5-8 sophomore guard, San Antonio, TX. (4/18/2018)
Sophomore Amber Ramirez announced in early April that she would be transferring from TCU. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 10.8 points, 2.86 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game for the Horned Frogs this past season and started 23 games for the team, which advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT.
On Wednesday, Ramirez’s former AAU coach, Ray Caldwell, confirmed to The State that South Carolina has reached out to her and is interested in adding the San Antonio, Texas, native.
UC Santa Barbara transfer Sarah Bates, 5-9 freshman guard out of Fresno, CA, has taken official visits to Kansas State and Tulane over the last few days. (4/16/2018)
Update (4/18/2018): Bates announced that she’ll transfer to Kansas State.
Possible Texas A&M grad transfer Anriel Howard, 6-1 junior forward out of Atlanta, GA, will visit Mississippi State the weekend of April 20. She previously visited Florida State and UConn, with visits to South Carolina and one other schools also upcoming. (4/16/2018)
Texas A&M junior forward Anriel Howard will visit Starkville for Super Bulldog Weekend beginning on Friday, multiple sources told 247Sports. Howard has visited Florida State and UConn in the last couple of weeks and is also scheduled to visit South Carolina with a fifth visit undecided.
A graduate from A&M in three years, Howard is able to play right away at the school of her choice. A source said that she does not plan to make a decision until after taking her visits.
Technically this is not a transfer, but . . . freshman guard Aina Ayuso has left Oregon, returning to Spain and turning pro. So the Ducks have now lost three players, with Sierra Campisano and Anneli Maley transferring. (4/15/2018)
Oregon head coach Kelly Graves told the Emerald that Ayuso left the program after a club in Spain made a spot open for her on their team, and that Ayuso wanted to major in physical therapy — something UO does not offer.
Ayuso, a Barcelona, Spain, native, played in 31 games, averaging 8.1 minutes and 2.2 points per game in her freshman season.