Transfer News, June 2019

Texas transfer Sedona Prince (6-7 FR center, Liberty Hill, TX) will reportedly visit Notre Dame this week after visiting UConn last week.


Liberty (ASUN) announces the addition of South Florida transfer Makaela Kestner (5-11 FR wing, Manassas, VA).

The leading scorer in Liberty High School (Bealeton) basketball history will now be joining the Liberty University women’s basketball program. Makaela Kestner, who spent her freshman season at South Florida, has transferred to the Lady Flames.

Kestner, a 5-11 guard from Manassas, Va., will sit out the 2019-20 season due to the NCAA’s transfer regulations. She will have three years of eligibility remaining when she first suits up for the Lady Flames in 2020-21.


UC San Diego (D-II for one more season before beginning transition to D-I) lands two D-I transfers:

  • Sydney Brown, 6-0 FR guard/forward, Rexford, NY / Columbia
  • Isabelle “Issy” Parker, 6-2 SO forward, Brisbane, Australia / Pacific

Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Brown (Rexford, N.Y./Columbia) and junior forward Issy Parker (Brisbane, Australia/Pacific) have each signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) to attend UC San Diego this fall, as both are transferring from Division-I institutions.

“We’re very excited to add both Sydney and Issy,” said UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer. “They bring different dimensions to our team and complement our core. They are really great additions to our program.”


Former Temple player Desiree Oliver (5-7 SO guard, Pittsburgh, PA) is transferring to UMass (A-10).

University of Massachusetts women’s basketball and head coach Tory Verdi announced on Friday that the Minutewomen have added transfer Desiree Oliver, a 5-foot-7 guard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Oliver comes to UMass following two seasons at Temple in the American Athletic Conference, during which she played in 41 games including 15 starts.

Under NCAA transfer rules, Oliver may practice immediately with the Minutewomen when the squad returns to campus in July. She may play beginning in 2020-21 and will have two years of eligibility remaining at that time.

“We are excited to announce the signing of Desiree Oliver,” said Verdi. “Desiree was our number one recruit three years ago. To now have her as part of our program shows that we are in a different stage toward building something really special. I’ve always said that in order to win championships, you have to recruit good-character players who are committed to winning. We have one in Desiree Oliver!”


East Tennessee State (SoCon) announces the addition of Jasmine Sanders (6-0 SO guard, Charlotte, NC), a transfer from Troy.

East Tennessee State University women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell and her staff announced on Friday that 6-foot guard Jasmine Sanders has transferred to ETSU from Troy. Sanders will have to sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Jasmine to ETSU,” said Ezell.  “We recruited Jasmine out of high school where she was prolific scorer. She will bring a unique versatility as a shooter/scorer.  She possesses incredible range and is a very active defender.”

In two seasons at Troy, Sanders totaled 319 points and 150 rebounds in 55 games (10 starts). Sanders shot 83 percent at the free throw line, while also compiling 114 made field goals and 43 made three-pointers. As a freshman, Sanders averaged 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds and played in all 31 games for the Trojans. Sanders also ranked second on the team with 32 made three-pointers, and was third with 37 steals and 14 blocks during her rookie campaign.


Former Missouri player Akira Levy (5-8 FR point guard, Baxter, TN) has announced that she’s returning to her home state and transferring to another SEC school, Vanderbilt.


Former Indiana State player Janara Flowers (5-9 FR guard, Southfield, MI) is transferring to Goshen College, an NAIA school located in Goshen, Indiana.


Maine announces the addition of a grad transfer: former Delaware player Gadson Lefft (6-0 SR forward, Lake Wylie, SC), who started her college career at Clemson.

University of Maine head women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon has announced the addition of graduate transfer Gadson Lefft. Lefft, who joins the UMaine after graduating from Delaware, will be eligible to compete for the Black Bears in the fall of 2019.

“We are excited to welcome Gadson Lefft to UMaine,” Vachon said. “Gaddy brings a ton of experience to our program and a strong desire to compete and win. In our early conversations, it was very clear Gaddy had a vision that matched ours here at UMaine. She will bring versatility to our team and depth to our frontcourt. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Gadson joining Black Bear Nation.”



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