News on women’s basketball transfers (including additions to the transfer portal) from NCAA D-I schools. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Former Pitt player Jasmine Whitney, a 5-9 PG out of Centreville, VA, is grad-transferring to George Washington (A-10). She was not on Pitt’s 2019-20 roster.
GW women’s basketball head coach Jennifer Rizzotti announced the addition of Jasmine Whitney to the program as a graduate transfer for the 2020-21 campaign.
Whitney recently graduated with a degree in Psychology from Pittsburgh and has enrolled at GW for the spring semester. She will be eligible to compete next season per NCAA transfer regulations. . . .
A native of nearby Centreville, Va., Whitney appeared in 91 games during her three years at Pitt, starting 75 as one of the top guards in program history. She led the Panthers in assists for three straight years and is ninth in program annals with 374 assists (4.1/game). At the time of her departure, she was the only active player in the ACC to record three straight seasons of 100+ assists.
Additionally, the 5-foot-9 guard ranks 10th in Pitt’s all-time record book with 162 steals (1.8/game), leading the team each of her last two campaigns. She set a new career high with 9.6 points per game last year, reaching double figures 13 times with a pair of 20-point performances.
Middle Tennessee transfer Anna Jones (6-1 JR guard, Jackson, TN) has signed with Tennessee Tech (OVC).
Tennessee Tech women’s basketball received a huge early boost to their 2020-21 roster as head coach Kim Rosamond announced the signing of junior transfer Anna Jones.
The 6-foot-1 guard from Jackson, Tenn., comes to Cookeville after spending her last two seasons in Conference USA playing for perennial power Middle Tennessee State University.
As a sophomore, Jones started 30 of 34 games for the Blue Raiders averaging seven points and four rebounds. Jones helped Middle Tennessee finish 23-11 with an appearance in the C-USA championship game as well advancing to the second round of the Women’s NIT Championship Tournament. She had her best game of the season against Western Kentucky, scoring a season-high 26 points, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and knocking down a career-high eight made free throws over 40 minutes of play. Off the court, Jones has been dedicated to her studies and was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll following her sophomore year.
Jayla Everett (5-10 SO point guard, St. Louis, MO) has entered her name into the portal, transferring from New Mexico. She was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year last season; this year her stats included 11.5 PPG and 3.4 APG. She was ranked in the top 100 in the 2018 recruiting class by espnW.
Coach Bradbury released the following statement about Everett’s transfer:
“Jayla Everett has entered the transfer portal and will no longer be a part of the team moving forward. After having a talk with Jayla, we have decided that this is the best course for both sides. I continue to fully support Jayla as I always have and wish her well in the future.”
Aniya Walker (6-2 FR wing, Ambridge, PA) is transferring from Western Michigan to Duquesne (A-10).
Jordan Bailey (6-1 FR forward, Colbert, GA) is transferring from Old Dominion, according to this paywalled article. She is no longer listed on the team’s roster.
Former Minnesota player Mercedes Staples (5-10 SO guard, Bountiful, UT) has signed with San Diego State (Mountain West) as a midyear transfer.
Aztec women’s basketball head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson has announced the signing of Mercedes Staples, a transfer from the University of Minnesota. A 5’10” guard from Centerville, Utah, Staples will be eligible midway through the 2020-21 season as a junior.
“We are thrilled to add Mercedes to our program,” Terry-Hutson said. “She is an incredible shooter and a dynamic offensive threat that brings power five experience to our team. She has a vivacious personality that will fit in great with our program and culture.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity San Diego State has given me. I was looking for a school where I could add value and further my development,” Staples explained. “The coaching staff has followed me throughout my high school and AAU career, and they know my style of play and feel that I will be a great fit within their system. I had a great connection between the players and coaches which made my decision even easier. I am excited to be a part of SDSU and its community and look forward to making those around me successful.”
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