WBB: ACC Winners/Losers in the Transfer Portal Game


I have been giving some thought to which ACC Women's Basketball Teams fared the best and worst with regard to all the transfers occurring in Collegiate Women's Basketball this past summer.

I used the WBB Blog to review transfers reported there for the months of March-August of 2022. While I think this site enables one to complete a solid list of transfers to and from ACC Schools, I doubt the list is 100% accurate.

From the list of transfers to and from ACC Schools one might conclude that the three programs which fared the best with regard to in/out transfers are State, Louisville and VaTech. The school which fared the least by far was Boston College although FSU comes close to claiming that title. The two schools which recorded the most transfer activity appear to be Florida State and Syracuse both changing coaches. Three "middle of the road" programs with regard to in/out transfers appear to be Notre Dame, UVA and Duke.

UNC appears to not have recorded any transfers in or out while Clemson and Pitt appear to only have one incoming transfer.

With regard to the three programs which fared the best in the transfer game, it appears that VaTech was the best followed by Louisville and State.

VaTech added via transfers outstanding and/or proven in power five conference play six-three Ciara Ford from B.C., B.C.'s best player last year five-eleven Taylor Soule and Maryland's star point guard six-foot Ashley Owusu. VaTech did lose Brianna Turnage and Acana Barnes-not exactly "household names" like Owusu, Soule and Ford.

Louisville would be a winner in the transfer game for the period considered if the only transfer to Louisville during that period was 6-2 Morgan Jones, a former FSU Seminole. ACC Women's basketball fans know about Jones. Louisville also added six-five Josie Williams (17.2 ppg and 12.4 bpg at Utah Valley) and five-five Chrislyn Carr (14.2 points per game for Syracuse). Louisville lost six-four Ramani Parker and five-nine Ahlana Smith

State added six-three Mimi Collins from Maryland (7.9 ppg and 4.8 bpg in 25 mpg), six-five River Baldwin from FSU (a McDonald's All-American who is yet to show that potential in college ball) and six-one Saniya Rivers. The main reason State is considered to have fared as one of the top three teams in the transfer bonanza is as follows. Saniya really did not show much at South Carolina as a first year played (a loaded upper classmen team as it were) but her bio from GoPack shows this.

  • Ranked the No. 2 guard and the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2021 by ESPN
  • 2021 Gatorade National Player of the Year
  • 2021 McDonald's All-American
  • 2021 WBCA and Naismith All-American

So we go with the big Potential. If Saniya, or should I write, when Saniya plays up to her high school bio, State will have fared really well in the transfer game in question.

State lost to transfer Genesis Bryant and Kendal Moore.

Boston College lost big time when five-eleven Cameron Swartz, six-three Clara Ford and five-eleven Taylor Soule all transferred out. State fans recognize these significant players for B.C. Boston College also lost Marnelle Garrand. B.C. appeared to not have an incoming transfer.

Syracuse was a university having a big turnover, again, due to the coaching change to Felisha Legette-Jack. Syracuse added seven of which four followed Felisha from the University of Buffalo while losing three. FSU due to Sue Semrau retiring had four transfer out and three transfer-in. Losing Morgan Jones, River Baldwin and Kourtney Weber might put FSU in the same category as B.C.-that is biggest loser in the transfer game.

Notre Dame's transfer saga is interesting. Notre Dame lost significant players six-two Sam Brunelle who transferred to UVA (never lived up to her McDonald's All-American, sixth in Hoopgurlz 2019 class) and Anya Peoples who was a 2019 MacDonald's All-American-21st in the 2019 Hoopgurlz Class. Anya was also on the All-ACC Freshman team in her first year. Notre Dame did add two six-four players, Lauren Ebo and Kylee Watson while losing two others.

Duke brought in four, lost no one. Georgia Tech added Cameron Swartz from B.C. but lost Kierra Fletcher and Sara Bates. Miami added six-four Latasha Lattimore while losing six-four Nyayengah Gory. Miami also added five-six twins Haley and Hanna Cavintler. Pitt added Gabby Hutcherson. Clemson added five-eight Brie Parpigaan.

Let the 2022-23 season begin. The transfers to Louisville and VaTech should make things more than interesting for the Pack, but with Jada Boyd enrolling, Diamond Johnson and Jakia Brown-Turner returning, State has a shot.

Go Pack!