South Carolina Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: SEC

Head Coach: Dawn Staley (14th season in 2021-22)

Official Gamecocks roster

Unofficial South 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:

  • April 2021: LeLe Grissett announces she’ll return to South Carolina for the 2021-22 season, using the NCAA’s blanket extra year of eligibility
  • April 2021: Kamilla Cardoso transfers in from Syracuse (press release)
  • October 2021: head coach Dawn Staley inks a new seven-year contract, through the 2027-28 season (press release)
  • October 2021: Talaysia Cooper (2022) commits to South Carolina
  • November 2021: Raven Johnson is out for the season with a knee injury (press release)
  • November 2021: Ashlyn Watkins (2022) signs with South Carolina
  • April 2022: Destanni Henderson officially declares for the WNBA draft
  • April 2022: Victaria Saxton announces she will return to South Carolina for the 2022-23 season, using her extra COVID year of eligibility
  • April 2022: South Carolina adds Georgia Tech grad transfer Kierra Fletcher (press release)
  • April 2022 portal entrants: Saniya Rivers, Eniya Russell, and Elysa Wesolek (grad transfer)

2022 South Carolina Women’s Basketball Commitments

Talaysia Cooper, 6-0 PG, East Clarendon HS (Turbeville, SC) [offered summer 2017; committed 10/23/2021; signed 11/10/2021; other finalists: Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee]

Ashlyn Watkins, 6-3 C, Cardinal Newman School (Columbia, SC) [signed 11/17/2021; other finalist: North Carolina]

2022 Targets

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

Former Targets

Lauren Betts, 6-7 C, Grandview HS (Aurora, CO) [South Carolina among ten finalists announced in July 2020; committed to Stanford, January 2021]

Shay Bollin, 6-2 F, Bridgewater-Raynham HS (MA) [offered November 2018; committed to Duke, October 2020]

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

Nyla Harris, 6-2 F, Lake Highland Prep School (Orlando, FL) [South Carolina not among five finalists announced in November 2020]

Maya Nnaji, 6-3 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered June 2020; South Carolina among 13 finalist announced in October 2020; committed to Arizona, May 2021]

Ayanna Patterson, 6-3 W, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN) [offered August 2018; South Carolina not among five finalists announced in March 2021]

Lazaria Spearman, 6-2 F, Dacula HS (GA) [offered May 2019; South Carolina among three finalists announced in July 2019; committed to Miami (FL), January 2021]

See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for South 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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