Four female basketball players from Kentucky have announced that they will be entering their names into the transfer portal over a four-day period.
On Friday, current main point guard Jazmine Massengill, junior forward Dre’una Edwards and second-year guard Treasure Hunt all declared their intention to look for new homes in the upcoming season.
If all three find different schools as planned, it will be the second time Edwards and Massengill have transferred in their careers, with Massengill starting his career at Tennessee and Edwards starting his at Utah.
Massengill, who was the team’s starting goaltender this season, averaged seven points per game with 3.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
Massengill transferred to Kentucky ahead of the 2020-21 season as a junior after being a regular starter for the Tennessee Lady Vols his sophomore year.
She played 19 games during her junior year, starting in eight, before starting all 30 games she played during her senior season.
Massengill, despite being a senior, will look to make an impact as a graduate transfer on whichever team she decides, whether to move into a more aggressive goalscoring role or continue in her role as ball handler and high-assist playmaker.
Edwards, probably best known for her winning 3-point game against No. 1 South Carolina to win Kentucky’s first SEC championship in 40 years, transferred to Kentucky ahead of the 2019-20 season but sat out due NCAA policies regarding transfers that had not yet been amended.
Edwards played his first season at Utah, starting 26 games and averaging 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors.
After finally getting the opportunity to take the field in the 2020-21 season at Kentucky as a redshirt sophomore, Edwards played in 27 games with 11 starts averaging 9.7 points per game and 6 .1 rebounds per game.
Edwards has made a significant leap this season, averaging 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, including 11 double-doubles on the season.
Despite the impressive numbers, Edwards also served two suspensions during the season, possibly contributing to the transfer decision.
While the former was a simple one-game suspension for her academic performance, the latter was far more notable, with viewers sometimes wondering if she would ever return.
After the resounding losses to No. 1 South Carolina and then No. 5 Tennessee in January, Edwards was absent from Kentucky’s home game against Florida for “disciplinary reasons.”
She then missed four games, including not traveling with the team for two separate road games. The timing of her suspensions also meant that she did not play either of Kentucky’s two games inside Rupp Arena.
Although the road has been rocky at times, the loss of Edwards is a blow for Kentucky, who will have to look to build a replacement quickly.
Edwards will look to be a good rebounder and consistent scorer on whatever team she chooses, perhaps even continuing to work on her 3-point shooting that has improved throughout her junior year.
The only Wildcat to be drafted and picked first by Kentucky, Treasure Hunt, averaged 6.9 points per game as well as 4.6 rebounds per game, earning the call as a starter in every game which she played except the first against Presbyterian.
Hunt never quite fitted into Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy’s plan, eventually seeming to decide she needed a different environment to thrive as a player.
She also had ties to star guard Rhyne Howard and Jazmine Massengill, playing on the same high school team as the latter and AAU ball with the former.
Hunt, while his numbers won’t go off the page, is another blow to Kentucky, with the young guard having shown signs of development even during his short tenure and looking to be a strong fixture on the British roster in his junior and senior seasons. .
Later on Monday, Kentucky center Olivia Owens announced on Twitter that she was leaving the women’s basketball team to transfer to law school.
“I will be a proud Kentucky graduate and will always wear blue in my heart,” Owens said in her Tweet. “With bittersweet emotions, I will be leaving Kentucky, but to pursue my career as a future attorney. Therefore, I am entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Thank you BBN! It was a privilege. »
Owens transferred to Kentucky as a redshirt second-year from Maryland and gained immediate eligibility for the 2020-21 season, making her the third player leaving Kentucky to have previously transferred.
As a redshirt sophomore, Owens played in 25 games, winning five starts and averaging 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
She stayed on the team as a redshirt junior, playing 28 games with nine starts, with the bulk of her starts coming in Kentucky’s 1-8 skid from early to mid-January through early February. .
Owens averaged 3.1 points and three rebounds per game in an average of 13 minutes on the court.
At Kentucky, Owens majored in American culture and business practices, although according to her announcement, she will pursue her dream of being a lawyer at whatever university she chooses to transfer to.
With Howard also leaving the team for the WNBA Draft, Owens became the fifth Wildcat, of 10, on last season’s roster who will not return to the team in the fall.
Either way, Owens seemed to want to make it clear that there was nothing wrong with the program to lead to his departure, but rather that his dream of practicing law was the main motivating factor in his decision to leave.
“I am so blessed and grateful to be a part of BBN and all that we have accomplished,” Owens wrote. “I want to thank my coaches for loving me and guiding me on and off the pitch. I want to thank the staff for their constant encouragement and support. I want to thank my teammates for these two great years. And above all , thank you Big Blue Nation, for welcoming me and loving me.
With the losses, Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy is back in choppy waters to prepare for next season after becoming the second Kentucky coach to win an SEC title.
All four transfers are tough losses for a Kentucky team that will already be searching for a true identity in the absence of Howard, who dutifully led the team through its historic four blue-and-white seasons.
Elzy has put together a solid recruiting class for the coming season, although it remains to be seen how the team will perform with such veteran influence, as what was once a disappointing end to an otherwise impressive turnaround in the season . has now been clouded with even more question marks for the future.