LSU Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: SEC

Head Coach: Kim Mulkey (1st season in 2021-22)

Official Tigers roster

Unofficial LSU 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:

  • March 2021 portal entrants: Sharna Ayres (to Northwestern State), Karli Seay, Treasure Thompson (to Eastern Michigan), Awa Trasi, and Tiara Young (to Houston)
  • April 2021: Autumn Newby grad-transfers in from Vanderbilt (press release)
  • April 2021: LSU announces the addition of Alabama grad transfer Ariyah Copeland, but she decides to transfer to Arizona instead later in the month
  • April 2021: LSU announces that Faustine Aifuwa, Jailin Cherry, and Khayla Pointer will all return for the 2021-22 season, using the NCAA’s blanket extra year of eligibility (press release)
  • April 2021: head coach Nikki Fargas resigns (press release)
  • April 2021: Kim Mulkey is named head coach (press release)
  • May 2021: Hannah Gusters transfers in from Baylor (press release)
  • May 2021: Tamia Ugass (2021 signee) signs with Kansas City after gaining NLI release
  • May 2021 portal entrants: Domonique Davis (to Southern Miss) and Destini Lombard (to Stephen F. Austin)
  • May 2021: Alisa Williams (2022) commits to LSU
  • June 2021: Moon Ursin grad-transfers in from Baylor (press release)
  • June 2021: Sytia Messer is named associate head coach (press release)
  • July 2021: preferred walk-on Amirah O’Neal transfers to Texas Southern
  • August 2021: Amani Bartlett (2021) signs with LSU
  • August 2021: Kim Mulkey announces her full staff, including assistant coaches Daphne Mitchell and Kaylin Rice (press release)
  • August 2021: LSU signee Amoura Graves is listed on the Auburn roster for 2021-22
  • August 2021: Texas A&M transfer Alexis Morris commits to LSU
  • August 2021: Moon Ursin reenters the transfer portal (later signing with Tulane)
  • September 2021: LSU signee Savannah Dews is listed on the Coastal Carolina roster for 2021-22
  • September 2021: Awa Trasi reappears on the LSU roster (months after entering the portal); Jalaysha Thomas disappears from the roster
  • October 2021: Sa’Myah Smith (2022) commits to LSU
  • October 2021: Logyn McNeil suffers a torn ACL, forcing her to miss the 2021-22 season
  • November 2021: Izzy Besselman (2022) commits to LSU as a walk-on; Flau’Jae Johnson and Last-Tear Poa sign with LSU as part of their 2022 recruiting class
  • March 2022: Janae Kent (2023) commits to LSU

2022 LSU Women’s Basketball Commitments

*Izzy Besselman, 5-10 W, Episcopal HS (Baton Rouge, LA) [committed as a walk-on 11/9/2021]

*Flau’Jae Johnson, 6-0 G, Sprayberry HS (Marietta, GA) [signed 11/10/2021; other finalists: Miami (FL), Ole Miss, and Texas]

*Last-Tear Poa, 5-11 juco sophomore W, Northwestern Florida State College / Melbourne, Australia [signed 11/10/2021]

*Sa’Myah Smith, 6-4 F, DeSoto HS (TX) [offered May 2021; committed 10/17/2021]

*Alisa Williams, 6-2 W, Braswell HS (Little Elm, TX) [offered June 2020; committed to TCU, August 2020 (subsequently decommitted); committed to LSU 5/27/2021]

*announced as signed 11/10/2021

2022 Targets

[none known]

Former Targets

Kennedy Basham, 6-7 C, Phoenix PHH Prep (AZ) [offered May 2020; LSU not among six finalists announced in February 2021]

Beatrice Culliton, 6-3 C, Aquinas HS (Overland Park, KS) [offered May 2020; committed to Oklahoma, June 2021]

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

Nyla Harris, 6-2 F, Lake Highland Prep School (Orlando, FL) [offered August 2019; LSU not among five finalists announced in November 2020]

Acacia Hayes, 5-7 PG, Riverdale HS (Murfreesboro, TN) [committed to Western Kentucky, November 2021]

Jennah Isai, 6-0 W, Valley Vista HS (Surprise, AZ) [offered June 2020; committed to Oregon, June 2021]

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

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs, 6-0 W, Classen School of Advanced Studies (Oklahoma City, OK) [offered September 2020; LSU not among 10 finalists announced in August 2021]

Bailey Maupin, 5-10 G, Gruver HS (TX) [offered July 2019; committed to Texas Tech, July 2021]

Amina Muhammad, 6-4 F, DeSoto HS (TX) [offered July 2020; committed to Texas, May 2021]

Maya Nnaji, 6-4 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered May 2020; LSU not among 13 finalists announced in October 2020]

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

Mya Petticord, 5-8 PG, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep HS (MI) [offered May 2020; committed to Texas A&M, October 2021]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-3 W/F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) {before senior year, attended Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH)} [LSU among three finalists announced in September 2021; committed to Oregon, October 2021]

Ashlyn Watkins, 6-3 C, Cardinal Newman School (Columbia, SC) [LSU not among four finalists announced in August 2021]

Ruby Whitehorn, 6-0 SG, Detroit Edison Academy (MI) [offered August 2020; LSU not among her four finalists]

Amauri Williams, 6-3 C, North Little Rock HS (AR) [LSU among ten finalists announced in August 2020; not among six finalists announced in November 2020]

See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for LSU 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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