Colorado Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: Pac-12Big 12

Head Coach: JR Payne (8th season in 2023-24)

Official Buffaloes roster

Unofficial Colorado Women’s Basketball Scholarship Chart

Note: The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to 2020-21 D-I winter sports athletes (including women’s basketball players). Until there is definitive word that a player will be taking advantage of this extra year, the WBB Blog scholarship charts will not reflect this extra eligibility.

Personnel Notes:

  • March 2022 portal entrants: Kylee Blacksten (to West Virginia), Lesila Finau (grad transfer to California Baptist), Kennedy Taylor (to Missouri State), and Sirena “Peanut” Tuitele (to Cal)
  • April 2022: Ruthie Loomis-Goltl (2023) commits to Colorado
  • April 2022: Aaronette Vonleh transfers in from Arizona (press release)
  • June 2022: Tim Hays joins the staff as an assistant coach (press release)
  • September 2022: walk-on Sophie Gerber is placed on scholarship
  • September 2022: Jadyn Atchison (2023) and Saulele Tanuvasa (2023) both commit to Colorado
  • October 2022: Mikayla Johnson (2023) commits to Colorado
  • November 2022: Isabella Shumpert (2026) commits to Colorado
  • January 2023: Shelomi Sanders transfers in from Jackson State as a walk-on; 2023 signee Mikayla Johnson enrolls early but plans to redshirt the 2022-23 season
  • February 2023: Lova Lagerlid (2024) commits to Colorado
  • March 2023: head coach JR Payne receives a contract extension through the 2027-28 season (press release)
  • March 2023: Quay Miller announces she’ll return to Colorado for the 2023-24 season, using her COVID extra year of eligibility (press release)
  • April 2023: assistant coach Tim Hays is named Pepperdine head coach
  • April 2023 transfer portal entrants: Ally Fitzgerald (to UC Davis), Lizzie Holder (to Navy), and Jada Wynn (Texas Tech)
  • April 2023: Jaylyn Sherrod announces she’ll return to Colorado for the 2023-24 season, using her COVID extra year of eligibility (press release)
  • April 2023: Maddie Nolan grad-transfers in from Michigan (press release)
  • May 2023: Taelor Karr joins the staff as an assistant coach (press release)
  • June 2023: Sara-Rose Smith transfers in from Missouri (press release)

2023 Colorado Women’s Basketball Commitments

Jadyn Atchison, 6-1 G, Cedar Hill HS (TX) [offered July 2022; committed 9/22/2022]

Mikayla Johnson, 6-1 SG, Bartlett HS (Anchorage, AK) [offered July 2022; committed 10/1/2022; other finalists: Arizona State, Grand Canyon, Portland; enrolled early, in January 2023]

Ruthie Loomis-Goltl, 6-3 F/C, Bridgeport HS (NE) [committed 4/27/2022]

Kennedy Sanders, 5-8 PG, Chaska HS (MN) [committed 10/25/2021]

Saulele Tanuvasa, 5-11 SG, Saint Mary’s HS (Stockton, CA) [offered August 2022; committed 9/11/2022]

Former Targets

Olivia Anderson, 6-6 F, Ellensburg HS (WA) [offered July 2022; committed to Washington, October 2022]

Helena Axelsson, 6-3 F, Östersund, Sweden [offered June 2022; signed with Pepperdine, June 2023]

Montaya Dew, 6-2 W, Centennial HS (Las Vegas, NV) [offered November 2019; Colorado not among 12 finalists announced in September 2021]

Ari Long, 6-0 SG/W, Valley View HS (Moreno Valley, CA) [Colorado among three finalists announced in September 2022; committed to Washington, October 2022]

Mallory Miller, 6-4 F/C, Wolsey-Wessington HS (SD) [offered January 2023; committed to Arizona State, February 2023]

Maddie Petroelje, 6-1 W, Hudsonville HS (MI) [offered July 2020; committed to Loyola Chicago, March 2022]

Khamil Pierre, 6-2 W, Perry HS (Gilbert, AZ) [offered July 2022; committed to Vanderbilt, August 2022]

Jaida Redwine, 5-8 CG, George Washington HS (Denver, CO) [signed with Iowa Western CC]

Laci Steele, 5-11 W, Edmond North HS (OK) [offered July 2022; Colorado not among five finalists announced in July 2022]

Miyah Verse, 6-1 F, Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, AZ) [offered July 2022; committed to Georgia, October 2022]

See next page for 2024 commitments and targets for Colorado women’s basketball

Disclaimers: The roster information, offers, and commitments are all unofficial. Offers come and go, so some offers listed may no longer be on the table, and some offers are erroneously reported. In addition, the target lists are inevitably incomplete because offers are not publicly reported for many prospects.

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