Elzy adds two veteran transfers to revamped roster – Reuters


KEntucky women’s basketball coach Kyra Elzy added a pair of transfers to her revamped list on May 2.

South Carolina’s Eniya Russell, a guard, and Ajae Petty (LSU) were traded and will have three more seasons of eligibility. Russell played 23 games last season for national champion Gamecocks, while Petty played 31 games for the Tigers and is considered one of the best post players in the country.

Russell, 6-foot-1, averaged seven minutes per game for South Carolina and scored a season-high 14 points in his freshman season two years ago. She was recruited by the Wildcats before signing with South Carolina.

“Eniya is a player we absolutely adored when we recruited her in high school and we’re thrilled she decided to join the Wildcat program this time around,” Elzy said. “Eniya has great height on the perimeter, has elite athleticism and is very skilled offensively. She can score at all three levels and her ability to score out of ball screen action will open up our attack.

“We obviously followed his first two years collegially in South Carolina and think his style of play will be a perfect fit for our program. We can’t wait to see what his future holds for him in Kentucky.

Petty played 31 games in his two seasons with the Tigers and scored a career-high 12 points against Samford last season.

“Ajae is an extremely talented inside player who we are happy to have joined our program,” said Elzy. “She was a player we assessed and recruited out of high school. Her size, athleticism and physique are something we had to add to the list.

“She has veteran experience in our league, which will allow her to thrive in our system. I can’t wait to have him on campus this summer and get to work.

The addition of Russell and Petty gives Elzy nine newcomers to next year’s roster.

Keith Taylor is Kentucky Today’s sportswriter. Reach him at [email protected] and via Twitter at keithtaylor21.


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