Texas officially announces the addition of Penn State transfer Karisma Ortiz (6-0 FR guard, San Jose, CA). Another case where the press release makes no mention of her sitting out the 2019-20 season. And the use of “immediate impact” twice also suggests that an immediate-eligibility waiver will be sought. (Emphasis added in the below quote.)
TEXAS HEAD COACH KAREN ASTON
“I am excited to welcome Karisma to our Texas family. She comes from a winning pedigree, having played for Coach Phillips at Mitty. She understands the game at a very high level. Our staff and players felt an immediate connection and we are so thrilled that Karisma chose Texas. She will make an immediate impact on our team at the guard position, but also will be the embodiment of a student-athlete here.”
ARCHBISHOP MITTY HEAD COACH SUE PHILLIPS
“Karisma will bring to Texas a floor-general mentality, a high basketball I.Q., and the skill set to make an immediate impact. Her quality of character is second to none and her style of play is a great fit for Coach Aston’s system. Karisma is thrilled to be a Longhorn.”
Southern Cal grad transfer Minyon Moore (5-8 point guard, Hercules, CA) is visiting Oregon this weekend. She visited Mississippi State last month.
This weekend, the Ducks are set to host USC graduate transfer Minyon Moore, a guard who averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game while earning Pac-12 all-defensive honors last season.
Notre Dame lands former Stanford player Marta Sniezek (5-8 point guard, McLean, VA), giving them two grad transfers, along with ex-UNC player Destinee Walker (5-10 guard, Orlando, FL).
The 5-8 guard out of McLean, Virginia, transfers in from Stanford and will be eligible to play right away. A two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention player, Sniezek played in 108 games for The Cardinal, including 50 starts.
A Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team nod for the 2015-16 season, Sniezek became the eighth Stanford freshman to reach 100 assists (109) and the fourth to do so in the past two decades. Sniezek had 13 assists and zero turnovers against Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament which tied for third in program history. In addition, Sniezek ramped up her production in the NCAA Tournament, where she averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 assists over four games.
Former UMKC player Brooke Hampel (5-10 FR wing, Huntsville, AL) has landed at Chattanooga (SoCon).
Hampel, a 5-10 transfer from UMKC, played one season for the Kangaroos at guard. The Hazel Green, Ala., native started 22 games as a freshman and averaged 9.3 points per game. She recorded 13 doubles during the season and had her first collegiate double-double early in the season at Denver.
Southern Miss transfer Kennedy Gavin (6-0 SO forward, Petal, MS) is listed on the 2019-20 roster for Jacksonville State (OVC).
Maryland official announces the addition of former Tennessee player Mimi Collins (6-3 FR forward, Waldorf, MD). The press release includes no mention of her sitting out the 2019-20 season, so presumably a waiver will be sought for immediate eligibility.
Head coach Brenda Frese and the Big Ten champion Maryland women’s basketball team signed forward Mimi Collins from Tennessee Tuesday. Collins, a native of Waldorf, Md., will transfer to the Terrapins with three years of eligibility remaining.
In her one season at Tennessee, Collins played in all 32 games, started in four and averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. The 6-3 forward shot 51 percent from the floor and scored her career-high 14 points in the Lady Vols’ NCAA First Round game vs. UCLA. Started the final four games of the season, averaging 9.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in those contests. She earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors as well.
“We’ve known Mimi and her family for a while,” Frese said. “I’m glad she’s coming back home. She had a solid freshman year in college, in which she showed she’s a versatile forward that will be able to stretch the floor. We are excited about her competitiveness, work ethic and will to win. She already knows a lot of our players and she’s a great fit into our Maryland family.”
“I wanted to come to Maryland because I wanted to stay home and play with great people,” Collins said. “I just thought it was the right fit and I’m so excited. I can’t wait to be there and be coached by great people too.”
Dorie Harrison (6-3 SO center, Nashville, TN) is transferring from Kentucky to Gulf Coast State College (juco).
University of Kentucky women’s basketball forward Dorie Harrison will not return to the Kentucky program for the 2019-20 academic year, UK head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Tuesday. Harrison, who missed last season due to personal health reasons, has signed to play with Gulf Coast State Junior College this upcoming season.
“Dorie is an important member of our Kentucky family and we all fully support her and the steps she is taking,” said Mitchell, who will begin his 13th season as the head coach of the Wildcats later this year.
Harrison played in 32 games in 2017-18 as a freshman with eight starts, averaging 6.7 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma transfer Shaina Pellington (5-7 SO point guard, Pickering, ON) just took an official visit to Arizona. She earlier visited Texas A&M.