North Carolina Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: ACC

Head Coach: Courtney Banghart (3rd season in 2021-22)

Official Tar Heels roster


Unofficial North Carolina 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: Janelle Bailey announces that she’ll declare for the 2021 WNBA Draft
  • April 2021: Carlie Littlefield grad-transfers in from Princeton (press release)
  • May 2021: assistant coach Carrie Moore departs to join the Michigan staff; Itoro Coleman is hired as an assistant coach (press release)
  • May 2021: Eva Hodgson grad-transfers in from William & Mary (press release)
  • October 2021: Paulina Paris (2022) commits to North Carolina
  • November 2021: Teonni Key and Ariel Young are out for the season with torn ACLs (press release)
  • November 2021: Reniya Kelly (2023) commits to North Carolina
  • November 2021: Lanie Grant (2025) commits to North Carolina
  • December 2021: UNC announces that Kayla McPherson will redshirt the 2021-22 season while continuing to rehab a knee injury sustained in high school (press release)
  • April 2022: Ciera Toomey (2023) commits to North Carolina

2022 North Carolina Women’s Basketball Commitments

Paulina Paris, 5-8 PG, Saddle River Day School (NJ) [committed 10/30/2021; other finalists: Indiana, Penn State, Southern Cal, Washington; signed 11/10/2021]


2022 Targets

[none known]


Former Targets

Ryanne Allen, 6-1 W, Archbishop Wood HS (Warminster, PA) [offered January 2021; committed to Vanderbilt, September 2021]

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

Lexus Bargesser, 5-8 PG, Grass Lake HS (MI) [offered September 2020; committed, October 2021]

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

KK Bransford, 5-10 G, Mount Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati, OH) [UNC among five finalists announced in September 2021; committed to Notre Dame, October 2021]

Shay Ciezki, 5-7 PG, St. Mary’s HS (Lancaster, NY) [committed to Penn State, September 2021]

Talaysia Cooper, 6-0 PG, East Clarendon HS (Turbeville, SC) [offered July 2018; UNC not among seven finalists announced in July 2021]

Ysabella Fontleroy, 6-1 W, Kickapoo HS (Springfield, MO)

Chance Gray, 5-9 PG, Lakota West HS (West Chester, OH) [UNC among nine finalists announced in September 2020; not among two finalists announced in July 2021]

Nyla Harris, 6-2 F, Lake Highland Prep School (Orlando, FL) [offered August 2020; UNC among five finalists announced in November 2020; committed to Louisville, February 2021]

Acacia Hayes, 5-7 PG, Riverdale HS (Murfreesboro, TN) [offered September 2020; committed to Western Kentucky, November 2021]

Lemyah Hylton, 5-11 CG, Southwest Academy (London, ON) [UNC among five finalists announced in June 2021; committed to Arizona, October 2021]

Kiersten Johnson, 6-3 F, Duncanville HS (TX) [offered August 2020; committed to Oklahoma, November 2021]

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

Amiya Joyner, 6-2 F, Farmville Central HS (NC) [offered May 2020; UNC among five finalists announced in August 2021; committed to East Carolina, October 2021]

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

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

Cotie McMahon, 5-10 G/W, Centerville HS (OH) [offered August 2019; committed to Ohio State, December 2020]

Tonie Morgan, 5-10 PG, Florida HS (Tallahassee, FL) [UNC among eight finalists announced in January 2021; committed to Georgia Tech, September 2021]

Amina Muhammad, 6-3 F, DeSoto HS (TX) [offered May 2020; committed to Texas, May 2021]

Indya Nivar, 5-10 CG, Apex Friendship HS (NC) [UNC among three finalists announced in September 2021, later dropped from consideration]

Maya Nnaji, 6-3 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered July 2019; UNC not among 13 finalists announced in October 2020]

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

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

Kiki Rice, 5-11 PG, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) [UNC among 11 finalists announced in August 2020; not among her narrowed list of five finalists]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-3 W/F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) {before senior year, attended Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH)} [offered June 2019; UNC among ten finalists announced in November 2020; not among three finalists announced in September 2021]

Zyanna Walker, 5-8 PG, Wichita Heights HS (KS) [committed to Louisville, July 2021]

Ashlyn Watkins, 6-3 C, Cardinal Newman School (Columbia, SC) [UNC one of two finalists; signed with South Carolina, November 2021]

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


See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for North Carolina 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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