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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Former Duke star Stevens transfers to UConn

Former Duke star Azura' Stevens, who likely would have been a leading contender for All-American honors during the 2016-17, will be finishing her collegiate career at UConn.

The 6-foot-6 Stevens averaged 18.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and had a team-high 53 blocked shots as a sophomore before announcing that she was intending to transfer after the season.

She was the team's leading scorer 16 times, scored in double figures in all 25 games she played in last season and had 14 double-doubles.

Stevens will need to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA rules on transfers and will have two seasons of eligibility.

"Words can't express how excited I am to have this opportunity to be part of the UConn family,” Stevens said.  "I appreciate the hospitality that my teammates and coaches showed to me this weekend. I am eager to start journey with the Huskies and can't wait to get back up to Storrs this summer."

Stevens played with UConn rising sophomore Napheesa Collier and incoming freshman Crystal Dangerfield on the U.S. team which won the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women. Stevens averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 17 minutes as the U.S. team won its seven games by an average of 32.2 points per game.

UConn has not accepted a large number of transfers over the years but she will be one of two on the UConn team in the next two seasons as former Georgetown star Natalie Butler has two more years of eligibility remaining.

"We don’t usually get involved in transfer situations but this particular one was intriguing," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.  “Getting the chance to speak with Azurá and having her on campus to meet with the coaches and the players really convinced us and her that this was the right place for her going forward.  We are excited and anxious to get Azurá up here and start summer school and look forward to her being a part of our team.”

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2 Comments:

Anonymous John B said...

WOW!!

4:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is possible she plays only 1 season for UConn before joining the WNBA.

While I certainly would not want this to happen, it is possible she never plays for UConn. 1 season red shirt. Then gets a season ending injury before the following season.

This is the risk that Geno and CD take.

12:58 PM 

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