Mississippi State Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: SEC

Head Coach: Sam Purcell (2nd season in 2023-24)

Official Bulldogs roster

Unofficial Mississippi State 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: Sam Purcell, longtime Louisville assistant coach, is named the new Mississippi State head coach (press release)
  • March/April 2022 assistant coach hirings: Gabe Lazo (press release), Corry Irvin (press release), and Murriel Page (press release)
  • March/April 2022 transfer portal entrants: Ashley Jones (to Southern Illinois), Myah Taylor (to Ole Miss), and Alyza Winston (to Florida Gulf Coast)
  • April 2022: Anastasia Hayes announces she’ll return to Mississippi State for the 2022-23 season, using her final year of eligiblity
  • April 2022: Aniya Palmer (2022) signs with Mississippi State
  • April/May 2022 incoming transfers: Kourtney Weber (Florida State; press release), Ramani Parker (Louisville; press release), Asianae Johnson (St. Bonaventure; press release), Nyayongah Gony (Miami (FL); press release), and Ahlana Smith (Louisville; press release); Johnson, Smith, and Weber are grad transfers
  • September 2022: Aislynn Hayes is out for the 2022-23 season following offseason shoulder surgery
  • October 2022: Mjracle Sheppard (2023) commits to Mississippi State
  • November 2022: Sam Purcell announces that Aniya Palmer will redshirt the 2022-23 season because of the depth on the team
  • November 2022: two 2023 prospects commit to and sign with Mississippi State—Jasmine Brown and Quanirah Cherry-Montague
  • November 2022: juco transfer Meloney Thames signs with Mississippi State
  • January 2023: Denae Carter is out several weeks with a knee injury
  • March 2023 portal entrants: Mia Moore (to UAB), Charlotte Kohl (grad xfer to New Mexico), Aislynn Hayes (to Marshall), Alasia Hayes (to Marshall), and Aniya Palmer
  • April 2023: Seton Hall grad transfer Lauren Park-Lane commits to Mississippi State (press release)
  • April 2023: Denae Carter enters her name into the transfer portal . . . and lands at Villanova
  • May 2023: Darrione Rogers transfers in from DePaul (press release)
  • May 2023: Erynn Barnum grad-transfers in from Arkansas (press release)

2023 Mississippi State Women’s Basketball Commitments

*Jasmine Brown, 5-8 G, Example Academy (Frankfort, IL) [offered July 2022; committed 11/4/2022; other finalists: Illinois, Pitt, and Rutgers]

*Quanirah Cherry-Montague, 6-6 W/F/C, Atlantic City HS (NJ) [committed/signed 11/15/2022; other finalists: Ohio State and Penn State]

*Mjracle Sheppard, 5-10 CG, Montverde Academy (FL) / hometown: Bellevue, WA [committed 10/24/2022; other finalists: Georgia Tech and Xavier]

Meloney Thames, 5-8 juco sophomore G, Jones College (MS) / Choctaw, MS [offered November 2022; signed 11/16/2022]

*announced as signed 11/15/2022

2023 Targets

[none known]

Former Targets

Cori Allen, 5-10 G, Montverde Academy (FL) {previously attended Hillsboro HS (Nashville, TN)} [offered July 2020; committed to Illinois, October 2022]

Kamorea Arnold, 5-8 PG, Germantown HS (WI) [offered July 2020; Mississippi State not among 12 finalists announced in July 2021]

Mari Bickley, 5-10 G, Laurel HS (Shaker Heights, OH) [offered April 2021; committed to Princeton, October 2022]

Madison Booker, 6-1 W, Germantown HS (Madison, MS) [offered December 2019; Mississippi State among nine finalists announced in September 2021, not among three finalists announced in September 2022]

Zoe Brooks, 5-10 CG, St. John Vianney HS (Holmdel, NJ) [committed to NC State, June 2022]

Chloe Clardy, 5-9 CG, Conway HS (AR) [offered July 2020; committed to Stanford, August 2022]

Essence Cody, 6-4 F, Valdosta HS (GA) [offered May 2020; committed to Alabama, April 2022]

Rhema Collins, 6-2 W, Webb School (Bell Buckle, TN) / hometown: Nassau, Bahamas [committed to Ole Miss, October 2022]

Audi Crooks, 6-3 C, Bishop Garrigan HS (Algona, IA) [offered July 2021; committed to Iowa State, April 2022]

Reychel Douglas, 6-0 W, Millbook HS (Raleigh, NC) [offered July 2021; Mississippi State not among two finalists announced in September 2022]

Eve Fiala, 6-5 F/C, Indiana HS (PA) [offered May 2021; committed to Dayton, October 2022]

Jada Harrison, 5-7 CG, Westview HS (Martin, TN) [committed to Middle Tennessee, June 2022]

Alexis Hess, 6-0 CG, Fleetwood HS (PA) [offered April 2021; committed to Kansas State, September 2022]

Hannah Hidalgo, 5-6 PG, Paul VI HS (Haddonfield, NJ) [offered April 2021; Mississippi State not among six finalists announced in August 2022]

Kymora Johnson, 5-8 G, St. Anne’s-Belfield School (Charlottesville, VA) [offered August 2021; committed to Virginia, September 2022]

Naomi Jones, 6-3 C, Jackson HS (AL) [offered June 2021; Mississippi State among six finalists announced in July 2022; committed to Alabama, October 2022]

Skylar Jones, 5-10 W, Whitney Young HS (Chicago, IL) [offered April 2022; Mississippi State among four finalists announced in August 2022; committed to Missouri, October 2022]

Reniya Kelly, 5-5 PG, Hoover HS (AL) [offered April 2021; committed to North Carolina, November 2021]

Janae Kent, 6-0 G/W, Oak Forest HS (IL) [offered July 2021; committed to LSU, March 2022]

Olivia McGhee, 6-3 CG, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) {previously attended Louisa County HS (Mineral, VA)} [offered March 2022; committed to Virginia, June 2022]

S’Mya Nichols, 6-0 W, Shawnee Mission West HS (Overland Park, KS) [Mississippi State among eight finalists announced in November 2021; committed to Kansas, November 2022]

Oluchi Okananwa, 5-10 SG, Worcester Academy (MA) [offered June 2022; Mississippi State among six finalists; committed to Duke, November 2022]

Laila Reynolds, 6-1 W, New Hope Academy (Landover, MA) [Mississippi State among four finalists; committed to Florida, November 2022]

Sarah Rambus, 6-4 F/C, Flushing HS (MI) [offered July 2021; committed to Oregon, June 2022]

Ashlynn Shade, 5-10 G, Noblesville HS (IN) [Mississippi State not among eight finalists announced in August 2021]

Lisa Thompson, 5-9 PG, Joliet West HS (IL) [offered July 2020; committed to DePaul, July 2022]

Timya Thurman, 6-4 C, Linden HS (AL) [offered June 2021; committed to Auburn, June 2022]

Letycia Vasconcelos, 6-7 C, Montverde Academy (FL) / hometown: Campinas, Brazil [official visit to Mississippi State, September 2022; committed to Baylor, October 2022]

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

Jada Williams, 5-8 PG, Blue Springs HS (MO) [offered June 2020; committed to Arizona, August 2022]

Mikaylah Williams, 6-1 W, Parkway HS (Bossier City, LA) [offered June 2020; Mississippi State not among five finalists announced in June 2022]

Solè Williams, 5-9 CG, Princeton HS (Cincinnati, OH) [offered July 2020; committed to Louisville, April 2022]

See next page for 2024 commitments and targets for Mississippi State 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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