Utah State (Mountain West) announces the signing of East Tennessee State transfer E’Lease Stafford (6-0 JR wing, Lawrence, KS).
Stafford, a 6-foot guard/forward, will join the team as a senior who is immediately able to compete with two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from East Tennessee State. She played three seasons for the Buccaneers, appearing in 77 contests. As a sophomore, Stafford started 29 games, averaging 10.7 points and 4.2 boards per outing while shooting a team-best 36.2 percent (42-of-116) from 3-point range. She went for a career-high 29 points against Western Carolina, sinking six 3-pointers.
Last season at ETSU, Stafford played all 20 games and made five starts. She averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game during conference play, including a season-high 17 point outing at Wofford.
“I’m really excited to have E’Lease jumping on board with us,” Ard said. “This young lady is a hooper, and she can score the ball at all three levels while also being a very good rebounder. I love her confidence in shooting from deep. She is a very nice addition for us and will be a great fit. She’s a great person from a great family.”
Kieger on Campbell
“I am extremely excited to welcome Alli and her family to our lion pride and we are thrilled to welcome Alli home! She will be a major piece to our puzzle as we continue to build for the future. Alli is a versatile guard that will be a great fit for our system. She can attack off the bounce while stretching the floor from deep. Her basketball IQ and court vision will help make her teammates better. I am confident the Penn State community will love cheering Alli and her teammates on.”
Campbell on Why She Chose Penn State
“I chose Penn State for so many reasons. After speaking with the coaching staff, they blew me away with their vision for the program and where it is headed. Coach Kieger’s history of winning and developing players is so impressive, and I love how they invest in their players and communicate with them. They made me feel like I was becoming part of their family. I love Central PA. It has been so good to me, and I can’t wait to see some familiar faces in the stands as we work towards our goal of winning championships.”
Xavier grad transfer Aaliyah Dunham (5-4 SR guard, South Charleston, WV) has committed to Marshall (C-USA).
On the court, Dunham brings a wealth of experience as a Division I point guard to the Herd backcourt, which should take some of the load off of guard Savannah Wheeler, who has been the team’s leading scorer in her first two seasons with Marshall.
With the addition of Dunham, Wheeler will be able to play both guard positions, which makes her even more dangerous for the Herd offense – something the team greatly needed this year.
“I think it will be a great fit for me in my role that I’ve played over the last four years to step in and be a leader,” Dunham said. “I think that’s something that they need and it will be good for me.”
UT Martin transfer Dasia Young (5-11 SO forward, Jonesboro, AR) has committed to Utah. Young earned first-team All-OVC honors for the 2020-21 season.
official Utah press release (3/19)
“I am really excited about Dasia joining our program,” Roberts said. “She brings athleticism, aggressiveness and a toughness that we really need and have missed having the last couple of seasons. She’s a winner, a competitor and is a really great addition to our returning talented group.”
The skilled 5-11, forward will come to the Utes out of University of Tennessee-Martin where she played in 56 career games with 45 starts. The Jonesboro, Ark., native earned All-OVC first-team in 2020-21 after averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.