Duke Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: ACC

Head Coach: Kara Lawson (2nd season in 2021-22)

Official Blue Devils roster

Unofficial Duke Women’s Basketball Scholarship Chart

Note: The NCAA has granted an extra year of eligibility to 2020-21 D-I winter sports athletes (including women’s basketball players). Programs will be allowed to exceed the 15-scholarship limit for the 2021-22 season only (and only for their own returning 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:

  • December 2020: Duke women’s basketball cancels remainder of the 2020-21 season (press release)
  • January 2021: Ashlon Jackson (2022) commits to Duke
  • January 2021: Nyah Green transfers in from Louisville (press release)
  • January 2021: three players enter the portal as grad transfers—Jayda Adams (to Cal State Northridge), Sara Anastasieska (to Illinois), and Mikayla Boykin (to Charlotte)
  • March 2021: three more players enter the portal—Jada Claude (to Morehead State), Jennifer Ezeh (to Missouri State), and Jaida Patrick (to Columbia)
  • April 2021: Duke announces the signing of six transfers—Elizabeth Balogun (Louisville), Amaya Finklea-Guity (Syracuse grad xfer), Lexi Gordon (Texas Tech grad xfer), Imani Lewis (Wisconsin), Jordyn Oliver (Baylor), and Celeste Taylor (Texas) (press release)
  • September 2021: Shayeann Day-Wilson (2021) signs with Duke (press release)
  • September 2021: Jordyn Oliver will miss the 2021-22 season with a torn Achilles (press release)
  • October 2021: Emma Schmidt walks on to the squad, as a grad transfer from TCU, where she was also a walk-on (press release)

2022 Duke Women’s Basketball Commitments

Shay Bollin, 6-3 F, Bridgewater-Raynham HS (MA) [offered June 2019; committed 10/28/2020]*

Ashlon Jackson, 5-10 G, Hardin-Jefferson HS (TX) [committed 1/6/2021; other finalists: UConn, Louisville, Oregon, and Stanford]*

Emma Koabel, 5-11 G, Niagara Prep (ON) / Port Colborne, ON [committed 9/25/2020]*

*announced as signed 11/10/2021

2022 Targets

Janiah Barker, 6-3 F, Montverde Academy (FL) [finalist, along with Georgia, Louisville, Ole Miss, and South Carolina (July 2021)]

Former Targets

Tabitha Amanze, 6-4 F, Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) [committed to Princeton, November 2021]

Kennedy Basham, 6-7 C, Phoenix PHH Prep (AZ) [offered January 2021; Duke among six finalists announced in February 2021; committed to Oregon, September 2021]

KK Bransford, 5-10 G, Mount Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati, OH) [Duke among 12 finalists announced in September 2020; not among five finalists announced in September 2021]

Talaysia Cooper, 6-0 PG, East Clarendon HS (Turbeville, SC) [Duke among seven finalists announced in July 2021; not among her final four schools reported in August 2021]

Aaliyah Gayles, 5-9 PG, Spring Valley HS (Las Vegas, NV) [Duke among ten finalists announced in September 2020; committed to Southern Cal, November 2020]

Londynn Jones, 5-6 PG, Santiago HS (Corona, CA) [Duke among ten finalists announced in November 2020; committed to UCLA, April 2021]

Imani Lester, 6-3 C, North Raleigh Christian Academy (NC) [Duke among 12 finalists announced in October 2020; committed to Louisville, June 2021]

Aislin Malcolm, 5-10 G, Chartiers Valley HS (Bridgeville, PA) [offered February 2020; committed to Pitt, December 2020]

Brianna McDaniel, 5-11 G, Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL) [Duke among 15 finalists announced in October 2020; not among five finalists announced in January 2021]

Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda, 6-2 W, Washington HS (Sioux Falls, SD) [committed to Texas, August 2021]

Kyla Oldacre, 6-6 C, Mason HS (OH) [Duke not among four finalists announced in October 2021]

Ayanna Patterson, 6-3 W, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN) [offered August 2020; Duke not among five finalists announced in March 2021]

Kiki Rice, 5-11 PG, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) [Duke among five finalists; committed to UCLA, November 2021]

Kharyssa Richardson, 6-2 F/C, New Manchester HS (Douglasville, GA) [offered May 2020; committed to Auburn, September 2021]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-3 W/F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) {before senior year, attended Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH)} [offered July 2020; Duke among ten finalists announced in November 2020; not among three finalists announced in September 2021]

Ruby Whitehorn, 6-0 SG, Detroit Edison Academy (MI) [Duke not among her four finalists]

See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for Duke 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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