UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky women land basketball transfer who was Rookie of the Year in her conference

Ogechi Anyagaligbo, a transfer from Stony Brook, posted a picture of herself with Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell on her Twitter account.
Ogechi Anyagaligbo, a transfer from Stony Brook, posted a picture of herself with Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell on her Twitter account.

The arrivals are starting to outnumber the departures in the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program.

Ogechi Anyagaligbo, a 6-foot transfer from Stony Brook University in New York, announced on her Twitter account Tuesday that she has committed to play for the Wildcats.

Anyagaligbo, a forward from Miami, Fla., has to sit out this coming season as a transfer but will have three years of eligibility at UK starting in 2017-18.

Anyagaligbo was selected as the America East Conference Rookie of the Year after the 2015-16 season. As a freshman at Stony Brook, Anyagaligbo averaged 10.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and posted nine double-doubles. She became the first freshman to lead the league in rebounding since 2003-04.

Anyagaligbo becomes the second commitment for the Wildcats for 2017-18, joining point guard Kameron Roach from Hopkins, S.C.

Mitchell had to start rebuilding his perennial Top 25 program almost from scratch after a series of departures by coaches, players and committed recruits decimated the Wildcats during the past nine months. The Wildcats went 25-8 in 2015-16 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament but none of that stopped the bleeding.

He began by naming three new assistant coaches in Niya Butts, Kyra Elzy and Hall of Famer Lin Dunn.

After his entire original 2016-17 recruiting class sought releases from their national letters of intent, Mitchell started over by landing a commitment from Jaida Roper, a point guard from Memphis last month. That brought the roster for this coming season to seven players. The core includes three McDonald’s All-Americans (Makayla Epps, Alyssa Rice and Taylor Murray); 2015’s National Junior College Player of the Year (Evelyn Akhator); and a 2015-16 SEC All-Freshman Team selection (Maci Morris). Joining that group are transfer Makenzie Cann and Roper.

Anyagaligbo played in all 32 games for Stony Brook (17-15) last season and started 31, averaging 28.6 minutes per game. She made 55.6 percent of her shots from the field and shot 60.7 percent from the foul line. She also blocked 41 shots, made 26 steals, dealt 23 assists and committed 81 turnovers. She led her high school team in Miami to two Florida state championships.

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