Sunday, May 12, 2013

VCU lands point guard from Auburn

VCU has a new point guard, and her name is Chadarryl Clay (love that first name).

Clay spent her freshman year at Auburn -- part of a touted class ranked No. 30 in the country -- but Nell Fortner recruited that class before she stepped down from the Tiger program. Former Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy (Boo's sis) became coach last season.

Clay announced her decision on Twitter, noting Auburn wasn't a good fit.

Though Clay will have to sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, the news is great for a VCU team whose incoming class is touted as tops in the Atlantic 10 and 38th best in the nation. Comprising that group are Briana Dubose (Bishop McNamara, 1st Team All-WCAC), Monnazjea Finney-Smith (Wilson High, Eastern District Offensive Player of the Year), Ashlee Mitchell (back-to-back Region Player of the Year from Tennessee High), Keira Robinson (South Carolina 2A Player of the Year) and Isis Thorpe (consecutive Berks County Player of the Year from Reading, Pa).

Clay's resume is also loaded with accolades, too. The 5-7 guard from Chattanooga, Tenn., was Division-II AA Miss Basketball her junior and senior years at Girls Preparatory School. Her No. 5 jersey is retired, as Clay led the school to consecutive state titles and was tournament MVP her senior year. ESPN hoopgurlz ranked her No. 77 coming out of high school, the 12th best guard in the nation.

At Auburn, Clay played 32 of 34 games, averaging 3.7 points and had 55 assists for the Tigers, WNIT quarterfinalists who finished 19-15. What also must thrill VCU coach Marlene Stollings: Clay won the scholar athlete award as a freshman. The pre-pharmacy major carried a 3.7 GPA.

We'll be excited to see Clay -- and the others -- in Rams uniforms!

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