The women’s season has been over for less than 24 hours, and Jeff Walz has already made a splash in the transfer portal.
Jayda Curry, formerly with California, announced Monday she is transferring to the University of Louisville for next season.
The 5’6 guard is just a sophomore who spent the last two seasons leading the Golden Bears in scoring.
Curry averaged 18.6 points per game as a freshman on her way to winning PAC-12 Freshman of the Year. Her scoring dropped down to 15.5 points per game this last season, but that still lead the way for Cal.
Some of those highlights are just NASTY.
Curry also put up nearly 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game, so she can do more than just score. Her efficiency wasn’t the best last year (37.9% FG), but I suspect that will improve next season, when she isn’t asked to do everything and be the go-to scorer on every play.
Curry’s commitment is huge for the Cardinals, who are losing six players from last year’s senior heavy roster. Those leaving include Mykasa Robinson, Morgan Jones, Chrislyn Carr, Liz Dixon, and Norika Konno.
Losing Peyton Verhulst, Mykasa Robinson, and Chrislyn Carr leaves Louisville’s backcourt pretty thin going into next season.
Curry should make an immediate impact on the team for years to come. It’s great to get a talented player, like her, out of the transfer portal, but it’s an extra cherry on top knowing she’ll likely be with the Cards for the next three seasons.
Look for the Jeff Walz, and the rest of the staff, to be busy this offseason picking up players out of the portal. This should be just the beginning for Louisville.