COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) — Sania River, part of South Carolina’s No. 1 women’s basketball recruit class, entered the NCAA transfer portal a day after Gamecocks celebrated their national championship with a downtown parade last season Is.
Rivers announced her choice on social media on Thursday. She is the third South Carolina player to enter Portal since winning the NCAA tournament with a 64-49 victory over UConn on April 3.
Rivers said in his post that winning the national title was an “experience of a lifetime”. He thanked coach Don Staley, the staff, his teammates and fans.
“That being said, I will enroll in the transfer portal with 3 years of eligibility to pursue my academic and athletic career goals,” she concluded.
Two other reserves, sophomore Enya Russell and senior Alyssa Wesoleck, are planning to relocate as well.
Rivers is a 6-foot-1 guard from Wilmington, North Carolina. He played 27 games, all off the bench, and averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
The next season would also see Rivers play a reserve role, with the return of guards Zia Cook and Bray Beale. Gamecock also added Georgia Tech guard Keira Fletcher, who was second on the team in scoring in her last two seasons there.
Rivers’ new teammate Raven Johnson was injured in the second game last season and was ruled out for the rest of the year. He is expected to play a point guard for Destiny Henderson, who was selected by the Indiana Fever in this week’s WNBA draft.
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