Mur­ray State grad Eve­lyn Ade­bayo on way to UConn for rebounding help

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Doug Bon­jour

Geno Auriemma went the grad­u­ate trans­fer route to land some much-needed help in the front­court.

Eve­lyn Ade­bayo, a 6foot-1 for­ward from Mur­ray State, an­nounced her commitment

to UConn on Thurs­day.

“I am grate­ful and thank­ful to an­nounce my commitment to play at UConn!! I thank God, and give All the Glory to him! I also thank my family, and ev­ery­one that has helped me and been a part of my jour­ney! The grind con­tin­ues, and I’m happy to be a Husky!! #BleedBlue,” Ade­bayo wrote on Twit­ter.

Ade­bayo, 22, av­er­aged a team-high 18.2 points and 11.4 re­bounds across 30 starts last sea­son, earn­ing All-Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence hon­ors. She’ll be el­i­gi­ble to play this sea­son, giv­ing the Huskies an­other body in

the paint.

Her commitment comes less than 48 hours af­ter the Huskies landed Anna Maku­rat, a 19-year-old guard from Poland. The team’s ros­ter now sits at 10 play­ers for next sea­son, with Aubrey Grif­fin, a 6-1 guard from Ossin­ing, N.Y., rep­re­sent­ing the other new ad­di­tion.

Ade­bayo, who is from London, sat out the 2017-18 sea­son af­ter trans­fer­ring from Gard­ner-Webb. She played in 56 games (seven starts) with Gard­ner-Webb, av­er­ag­ing 4.0 points and 3.6 re­bounds.

Adding a skilled re­bounder into the mix fills a glar­ing need for the Huskies, who en­tered this off­sea­son with few op­tions be­hind pro­jected starters Olivia Nel­son-Ododa and Megan Walker. The other two for­wards on the ros­ter, Ba­touly Ca­mara and Kyla Irwin, played lim­ited roles last sea­son.

Napheesa Col­lier, the team’s lead­ing scorer and re­bounder, grad­u­ated, as did fel­low All-Amer­i­can Katie Lou Sa­muel­son. Col­lier was the first Husky since Re­becca Lobo to av­er­age a dou­ble-dou­ble over a full sea­son, record­ing 20.8 points and 10.8 re­bounds per game.

Ade­bayo posted a school­record 19 dou­ble-dou­bles last sea­son, in­clud­ing seven straight in Jan­uary. She scored a ca­reer-high 28 points against Ten­nessee and pulled down 20 re­bounds ver­sus Eastern Illi­nois.

Mur­ray State went 13-17 (9-9) and lost in the first round of the OVC Tour­na­ment.

Mur­ray State Ath­let­ics / Sub­mit­ted

For­ward Eve­lyn Ade­bayo, who is trans­fer­ring to UConn from Mur­ray State.

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