South Carolina Basketball: Former Gamecock announces new team

South Carolina basketball transfer Sahnya Jah announced Monday evening her new team.
Former South Carolina basketball forward Sahnya Jah
Former South Carolina basketball forward Sahnya Jah / Presse Sports-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley brought in a 3-player recruiting class in the 2023 cycle (it was a 4-player group originally, but Chloe Kitts enrolled early and played the back end of the 2022-2023 season). En route to the Gamecocks' third national championship, MiLaysia Fulwiley and Tessa Johnson emerged as two of the best freshmen in the SEC, but the third incoming freshman never found her footing in Columbia.

Forward Sahnya Jah was outside of the rotation this season, and then, in February, the Virginia native was suspended indefinitely. The official cause for the suspension was "conduct detrimental to the team," but Coach Staley and others did not comment on what happened to warrant Jah's suspension.

At first, it appeared that Jah could earn her way back to the South Carolina basketball team (Staley hinted at the possibility, and Jah was still showing up to games as a student), however, after a while, it became apparent that Jah's future was not at the University of South Carolina.

Unsurprisingly, in March, Jah officially entered her name into the transfer portal. On Monday evening, she revealed her transfer portal commitment.

According to a post on her personal Instagram account, Jah is joining the Arizona Wildcats basketball program.

Jah will be a nice fit for an Arizona squad that barely made the NCAA Tournament this season. After somehow becoming one of the worst power programs in women's college basketball, head coach Adia Barnes rebuilt the program, but the Wildcats had a bit of a down year in the 2023-2024 season. Jah should help add some rebounding and toughness to a team that lacked it this season.

Jah and Kamilla Cardoso (1st round WNBA Draft pick of the Chicago Sky) are the only two players who have left the South Carolina basketball program this offseason. The national champs are adding three 5-star prospects from the high school ranks in Joyce Edwards, Maddy McDaniel, and Adhel Tac (who already has enrolled).

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