West Virginia's Hemingway is granted immediate eligibility; Texas gets a 2021 commit
The Mountaineers get more guard help and the Longhorns add another top 100 player.
|Lauren Rosenberg||Oct 8|| 1|
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On Monday, Jayla Hemingway and the rest of the West Virginia women’s basketball team received the news that her waiver request for immediate eligibility was granted for the 2020-2021 season. Hemingway, after transferring from Mississippi State, would normally have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Per the press release, head coach Mike Carey stated, “We are thrilled that Jayla was granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA. She brings college experience and a great work ethic to our team that we are excited about."
While at Mississippi State, she didn’t play much but when she was on the floor, she produced well in assists. In a game against Murray State, she dished a season-high 4 assists in 14 minutes. For the season, she posted a 5.7 assist/turnover ratio which shows her ability to read the defense.
Down in Austin, the Longhorns picked up the No. 24 recruit in the class of 2021, Kyndall Hunter.
Hunter has the ability to shoot from beyond-the-arc and drive to the basket as well as being disruptive on the defensive side.
So far in her high school career at Cypress Creek in Houston, she is averaging 19.3 points, 2.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game while shooting 49% from the field, 35% from three, and 69% from the free-throw line.
For Texas, she will be a reliable combo guard with the ability to play the point while also having the ability to play off-ball which compliments her ability to shoot and drive.
Hunter will be joining fellow Cypress Creek teammate and No. 10 recruit, guard Rori Harmon and Moore, Ok native and No. 6 recruit, forward Aaliyah Moore in the already elite 2021 class.