Despite losing most of the core of this year’s team, either to the exam or the transfer portal, coach Jose Fernandez and his staff are ready to pick up another talented newcomer for next season.
It seems to be the start of a new era for USF’s women’s basketball team.
The Bulls lost six players to the transfer portal including key starters such as Elisa Pinzan and Sydni Harvey. Pinzan announced in one Tuesday that she was on her way to play for Maryland after four seasons at USF.
Fernandez’s latest class of recruits will join an already talented roster returning two double-digit goal scorers. Senior guard Elena Tsineke had an average of 14 points per. match, and senior forward Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu scored 10.6 points and snatched 7.4 rebounds per game. match.
While the Bulls may not be ready to recruit for next season yet, these are some of the confirmed new faces that fans should look for on the hardwood in 2022-23.
Williams announced her intention to transfer to USF from Syracuse on Tuesday night on her Instagram. She spent two seasons with Orange and played late in the 2020-21 season.
The 6-foot-2 guard was a five-star high school recruit ranked as the ninth overall player in the 2020 class. As a senior at Branson High School in Missouri, she averaged 30 points and 10 rebounds.
She was also a McDonald’s All-American, named to the Jordan Brand Classic list and was a USA Today Missouri First Team selection.
During his freshman season at Syracuse, Williams was a consistent contributor, starting 21 games and averaging 8.7 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. She also scored career-high 26 points against Miami.
Williams will fit right into Fernandez’s offensive system as she is not pale for taking shots from beyond the arc. She shot 37% from three-point range in Syracuse and set a program record for threes in a single game of eight against Lincoln University.
“Priscilla is coming to Tampa ready to get to work this summer,” Fernandez said of Williams in a statement. “She was one of the best players in the country who came out of high school and also one of the most coveted through the portal process.”
Like Williams, Johansson will give the Bulls a somewhat larger size as a striker at 6 feet, 2 inches tall. When she came out of Sweden, she played professionally for Wetterbygden Sparks, who played in SBL, the country’s highest line of women’s basketball.
In addition to her professional experience, Johansson has been exposed to the international game, where she has played for the Swedish national team and participated in the most recent European Championships in 2021. She was the youngest player on the team as a 17-year-old.
Johansson spent four seasons with Wetterbygden from 2018-22. Last season, she averaged six points per game. match and 4.8 rebounds. Her season high was 13, which she scored against Uppsala in a loss of 74-66.
Asensio also has professional experience playing four seasons for Segle XXI, a team in the Spanish second division. As a point guard, she had an impressive 2021-22 season, showing off her entire arsenal of skills.
She averaged 10.8 points and scored at least 15 points on six different occasions, including a career-high of 28 against Girona in a 74-53 victory. She was also a decent shooter, hitting 30% of her shots down from three-point range.
Although she mostly came off the bench, Asensio showed a tendency to make her teammates better, a total of 75 assists over 25 games to an average of 3.0 per. competition. But she also had an ability to turn the ball at times with 2.4 turnovers per. fight that she will have plenty of time to work on with Fernandez.
Originally from Jamundi, Colombia, Gonzalez first played professionally for Leonas Inder Medellin, a team in Colombia’s second division. At 5 feet, 11 inches tall, she started mostly as a power forward with occasional minutes in the middle.
After three years with Leonas, Gonzalez moved to Kissimmee to play his final two years of high school basketball at Central Pointe Christian Academy. While there, she helped lead the White Tigers to a SIAA Florida State championship in her junior year, it was also the program’s first year to exist.
She was also named the 2022 SIAA Toshiba Player of the Year.
During her time in the United States, she has become known as an elite three-point shooter who set a Grind Session Circuit record by making nine three-pointers in a single game.
Aarnio was announced as the latest in the program on Wednesday. Like most of the signings, she has extensive European experience playing in her home country Finland for HBA-Marksy in the country’s best league.
She was one of the top scorers on the team when she was only 19 years old, with an average of 14.8 points per game. match with 4.4 rebounds and three assists.
Aarnio has also been one of the most consistent players and has scored at least 15 points on 10 different occasions this season in 18 games. Her season height was 24, which she reached twice.