Monday, May 12, 2014

ODU's Shae Kelley leaving program for Minnesota

We haven't made sense of the story yet, but Old Dominion's Shae Kelley is transferring to Minnesota for a final year of eligibility.

Former VCU Coach Marlene Stollings was hired last month to coach at Minnesota and former Lady Monarchs assistant Niki Dawkins is Stollings' assistant. Kelley is Stollings' first signee.

Kelley was all-everything last season for ODU, earning All-Conference USA honors. Kelley started every game for ODU and led the team in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, minutes free throws attempted and free-throws made. She would have been a strong contender for preseason CUSA Player of the Year.

Losing Kelley is a major blow to a Lady Monarchs team bringing in a highly touted recruiting class and will have West Virginia transfer Jennie Simms eligible.

Kelley, a Denver native, will be immediately eligible for the Gophers, as she graduated from ODU over the weekend and plans to pursue her master's at Minnesota. She will surely start for a team that returns two WBCA All-Americans in 5-9 guard Rachel Banham and 6-5 sophomore Amanda Zahui B of Sweden.

Here is ODU's release on the Kelley news. Minnesota also issued a release.

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