Transfer News, April–December 2018

Colorado State officially announced the signing of Marlee Kyles (5-7 SO guard, Elgin, IL), a transfer from Arizona. Having left the Wildcats during the summer of 2018, it would appear she will be eligible for CSU’s entire 2019-20 season.

The Colorado State women’s basketball team has signed Marlee Kyles to a financial aid agreement, head coach Ryun Williamsannounced on Monday.

Kyles will have three seasons of eligibility remaining upon joining Colorado State, and will compete as a redshirt sophomore beginning with the 2019-20 season. Most recently, the 5-foot-7 guard competed for the University of Arizona, and was the first player in program history to score at least 60 points over her first five games since 2003.

“We are very excited that Marlee has chosen to be a Ram,” Williams said. “She really knows how to play and possesses a great ability to score the basketball. Marlee has played in a lot of high-level Division I basketball games and her experience will really help our roster. We are looking forward to her joining our program, competing in practice this spring semester and getting used to life as a Ram.”


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.

“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.”


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