2022 Transfer Season

Discussion in 'Women’s Basketball' started by DFW_Horn, Dec 13, 2021.

  1. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    Mediocre is fairly generous in my opinion. Tina Thompson is 28-55 since taking over, 13-30 in conference play. Unless she can sell UVA on not counting their shortened Covid season last year (5 games, 0-5) and McLean’s arrival, I don’t see her keeping that job much longer.
     
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  2. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    Not sure when the last time was where Vic discussed his seniors "moving on" after this season, but a lot has changed since the beginning of the season when all signs pointed to them not returning for their fifth season:

    - We started the season with 14 scholarship players; 3 seniors
    - RS-Fr. Precious Johnson announces in late September that she will be transferring out
    - We sign 3 high school recruits for the class of 2022 in November
    - RS-Fr. Ashley Chevalier announces in early December that she will be transferring out

    So, not counting Ebo, Warren, and Allen-Taylor, we are looking at 12 scholarships allotted for the 2022-23 season. Based on what's happened at Texas (and everywhere) the last 2 years, attrition will probably claim 1-2 more Longhorns prior to the start of the next season (and probably sooner as the deadline to enter the transfer portal and be automatically eligible for the one-time transfer exception will be bumped up from July 1 to mid-May, I believe).

    So, if you're Vic, what do you do with those 3 (minimum) scholarships available? Rickea Jackson from the transfer portal is a no-brainer (assuming Vic wants her, and she wants Texas).

    I've lobbied hard for Ebo to return as we didn't sign anyone similar to her in November, and finding someone similar to her in the transfer portal will be extremely difficult (unless it's Jessika Carter).

    With Chevalier's unexpected departure, we now need a backup point guard; we didn't sign one in November. Matharu can be a backup, but she is currently our biggest scoring threat that I'd hate to disrupt her play at SG. Joanne returning another season could be the solution; don't know Joanne's immediate plans after the season (grad school, career, pro ball, etc.).

    Audrey Warren isn't necessarily "needed" as much as a Center (Ebo) and backup PG (Joanne), but Vic loves her toughness and versatility; Vic's mentioned how much practice time and games she's missed during her Texas career, and that not being an issue this season is really helping her individual development and success. Like Joanne, I don't know Audrey's immediate plans after the season (grad school, career, pro ball, etc.).

    Haven't gotten wind of any JUCO players being recruited, nor of any additional 2022 high school recruits being pursued. After post-season coaching changes, there could be some 2022 players wanting out of their LOI's (like Lattimore last summer). And, of course, they'll be a lot of players nationally entering the transfer portal; Vic stated that he is careful when using the transfer portal as player has to fill a roster need, and he doesn't want to stunt a returning player's growth and development.

    Obviously, Vic could save some of those available scholarships for the 2023 recruiting class. But, if you are going to take that approach, you might as well try hard to convince Lauren, Audrey, and Joanne to return as that they won't affect the 2023 scholarships.
     
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  3. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    When I was reading up on the Rickea situation, I came across this. A lot can change but Carter currently plans to return to MSU.

    Jessika Carter returning to Mississippi State women's basketball
     
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  4. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    Yeah, with only an "interim" head coach named currently, I'm guessing her plans could change based on who is named permanent head coach.
     
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  5. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    I remember Coach Aston recruiting her; don't think she visited officially

     
  6. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

  7. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts

    Very interesting but, Chevalier is currently on a visit to Kansas. They are probably one of the last places I expected her to visit or even consider.
     
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  8. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

  9. 05Longhorn

    05Longhorn 250+ Posts

    Rickea Jackson is visiting Texas this weekend per the other UT board. Hope it’s true!
     
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  10. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    "Rickea" LOL -- auto-correct? :D
     
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  11. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

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  12. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts

    Can you please post a link to the other board?
     
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  13. brnkj

    brnkj 2,500+ Posts

    Page 100-101 on Transfer Portal 21-22 thread.

    Transfer Portal 21-22
     
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  14. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts

    If there ever was a time to pack the arena it’s Saturday! We need to pull out all the stops for Rickea even though she already has a relationship with coach D and Vic. Let’s go Vic work your magic:hookem:
     
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  15. flash34

    flash34 1,000+ Posts

    Now THIS is what I call Tuesday Good News! Horns need that “difference maker”. I really like all our current and committed players. For sure we are a Elite 8 contender every year. At some point Horns have to land somebody like Jackson to be a Final Four contender. What better way than Jackson……now. Young team, open spot, new arena, former coach. I like Schaefer’s chances on this one.
     
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  16. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    So, we have one anonymous message board (Lady Vols) indicating that Rickea Jackson will visit Texas this weekend; I will take that as good, positive news (which at least has not been disputed anywhere). Additional messages today indicate that this will be her last visit (after having already visited Ole Miss and Tennessee).

    If she truly only has 3 finalists (and we're getting the final visit this weekend), that means the following to me:

    - she's not set on continuing to play in the SEC (which she stated was one of the reasons she chose Miss. State out of high school)

    - better odds competing against 2 schools instead of 4 schools

    - getting the last visit is typically a good thing in recruiting; for transfers, sometimes the first visit is more indicative of the favorite


    Other random thoughts (which are simply me trying to remain positive)

    - Vic has a lot more post-season success than the head coaches at Ole Miss and Tennessee

    - Rickea has played for 3 different head coaches in college; if she doesn't choose to transfer to Texas, she'll end up playing for 4 different head coaches in her 4 collegiate seasons. Most expect next season to be her final one before declaring for the WNBA draft, so there's a lot at stake for her final season (individual and team goals). She knows exactly what to expect with Vic as her head coach. So, better the devil you know than the devil you don't.

    - Rickea will be a starter no matter which school she chooses to attend; so, not sure depth charts matter all that much. But, at Texas, we don't have a lot of returning experience at SF. Shay Holle has made a lot of strides the second half of this season, but she's our only returning wing player who is at least 6'0 tall.
     
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  17. flash34

    flash34 1,000+ Posts

    Will somebody cut and paste or forward Mooo’s very definitive explanation on why Jackson should come to Texas? Forward to Jackson or her mom.
     
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  18. brnkj

    brnkj 2,500+ Posts

    All Big 10 sophomore PG Jasmine Powell (Minnesota) commits to Tennessee from transfer portal. She visited Tennessee last weekend with Rickea Jackson. Powell is also a Detroit native.

    Jasmine Powell commits to Lady Vols
     
  19. Zig72

    Zig72 250+ Posts

    Rickea to Texas just seems so logical and likely for all of the reasons already expressed.

    Call me cynical, but methinks Vic wanted to get 10K+ fans at the game Saturday for reasons over and above showing the Seniors our appreciation. Smart.
     
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  20. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

     
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  21. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    Glad she made it in for her official visit.

    She did not post anything on IG about her official visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee, so I will take that as a positive (in my head) . . .
     
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  22. flash34

    flash34 1,000+ Posts

    I sure would appreciate a commitment before Jackson leaves town.
     
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  23. WCBBNUT

    WCBBNUT 1,000+ Posts

    She picked a good game to attend. We had a great crowd today. :bevo:
     
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  24. Zig72

    Zig72 250+ Posts

    12,506 and $120,500
     
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  25. DINO22

    DINO22 1,000+ Posts

    Come on down Jackson. We need you
    Hookem
     
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  26. loyallonghorn

    loyallonghorn 500+ Posts

    I'm feeling heart palpitations.
     
  27. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    It might not mean anything, but Rickea did just start following Femme Masudi on IG. Doesn't seem like she's followed anyone "new" from Ole Miss or Tennessee over the last few weeks. And, no one else at Texas other than Femme.

    Rori is the lone Texas player I saw who just started following Rickea on IG.

    And, looks like Coach April and Calamity started following her on IG, but not sure how recent (maybe a a couple of days ago?).
     
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  28. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    Some more Rickea photo session clips:

     
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  29. flash34

    flash34 1,000+ Posts

    The weekend is almost over. But still time for Jackson to call Schaefer from home and commit. We need to end great weekend with this.
     
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  30. brnkj

    brnkj 2,500+ Posts

    I don't expect to hear anything regarding Rickea's decision until after the NCAA tournament.
     
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