Women’s Basketball 2020 Recruiting News, April 2020

Skylar Vann, 6-0 F, Deer Creek HS (Edmond, OK): after committing to Temple earlier this week, Vann switched her commitment to Oklahoma today. (Note: An OU offer had never been reported for her [all her offers in 2019 were from mid-majors], and she suggests that the offer came at the “last minute.” It appears that OU offered only after two of the team’s forwards placed their names in the transfer portal.)

“I wanted to stay home in the first place,” Vann said. “But I wasn’t really given the opportunity until last minute.”

With the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, Vann decided she would rather stay closer to her family, noting the distance between her home and Temple played a major role in her decision.


DeYona’ Gaston, 6-2 F, Pearland HS (TX): after signing with Mississippi State during the early signing period, Gaston has announced that she has decommitted and will follow Vic Schaefer to Texas.


Ella Tofaeono, 6-5 juco sophomore C/F, Midland College (TX) / Sydney, Australia: signed with Texas A&M.

Tofaeono is the 13th junior college player to join the Aggies since Blair was named head coach in 2003, a group that includes 2011 Final Four MOP Danielle Adams, first team all-conference selection Tanisha Smith and Archiri Ade.

Ella Tofaeono | 6-5 | C/F| Midland Junior College | Sydney, Australia
Tofaeono will come to Aggieland as a junior with two years of eligibility remaining, and was named to the 2019-20 National Junior College Athletic Association’s All-American Third Team this past season. She was also selected to the Western Junior College Athletic Conference’s All-Conference Team, and the NJCAA Region V Team in her sophomore season.

The Sydney, Australia, native averaged 14.6 points per game and grabbed 10.6 rebounds per game during the 2019-20 campaign. She was named WJCAC Player of the Week on five different occasions, and was 12th in the country in offensive rebounds (133) and total rebounds (306).


Tiarra Brown, 5-10 SG, Bethel HS (Spanaway, WA): committed to Grand Canyon (WAC).

So, she re-routed her direction in the past week – to virtual recruiting. And when it was over, she gave Grand Canyon University a verbal pledge over Washington and Eastern Washington.

Brown, the Braves’ 5-foot-10 all-state guard, will sign her letter of intent Wednesday to not only join the Lopes’ NCAA Division I program, but rejoin her sister, Tianna.

“That means a lot,” Tiarra Brown said. “I know the type of chemistry we have, and how we play together.”


Kayla Henning, 5-7 PG, Evanston HS (IL): The Chicago Tribune provides more details on Henning’s commitment to American (Patriot League) earlier this month.

“It felt amazing,” Henning said of committing to the Eagles. “I promised my mom I would go to school for free, so to be able to keep my word on that felt amazing, and then the pressure of it all went off my shoulders. I went running the next day, and somebody from the community asked what I was thinking about for school next year. That was the first time I had gotten that question without my blood pressure rising.”


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