Mountaineer Women To Add Transfer From Penn State
Some transfer out, some transfer in.
Former McDonald’s All-American forward De’Janae Boykin will join the West Virginia women’s basketball team next season.
Though an appeal to the NCAA is possible, at the moment Boykin will have to sit out the 2018-19 season as a transfer and then would have one year of eligible remaining for the 2019-20 season. If she appeals to the NCAA and is granted immediate eligibility, not only would she be able to participate in games in the 2018-19 season, but she would have two years of eligibility remaining.
After originally signing with UConn, Boykin comes to Morgantown from Penn State. The 6-foot-2 forward started 29 games for the Nittany Lions in 2017-18, averaging 7.6 rebounds per contest to lead the Nittany Lions. In addition to averaging 5.8 points per game, the Springdale, Md., native accrued 14 steals, 22 blocks and 48 assists on the year. She ranked fourth on the team in minutes per game at 29.4 and was third in blocked shots. Boykin joined the Nittany Lions in the spring of 2016 after spending one semester at UConn and played the second half of the 2016-17 season at Penn State after sitting out a year per NCAA residency rules.
“De’Janae is a player we recruited out of high school, so we’re very familiar with her,” WVU women’s coach Mike Carey said. “She is a player that will have an immediate impact on our team, especially at the three and the four. We look forward to having her on our roster.”
Boasting a strong history with USA Basketball, Boykin owns a trio of gold medals from international competition with Team U.S.A. She represented her country at the 2014 FIBA U-17 World Championships and the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship. Additionally, she teamed with Napheesa Collier, Arike Ogunbowale and Katie Lou Samuelson to claim gold in 3-on-3 play at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
While competing for C.H. Flowers High, Boykin earned Naismith Trophy Third Team All-American honors as a senior and was the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year as a junior. She tallied 1,225 career points and 659 rebounds in three seasons under coach Patrice Frazier-Watson. Boykin was Named Washington Post First Team All-Met and First Team All-Prince George’s County as a junior. She ranked as a top-10 recruit in a pair of publications and was rated as the No. 23 overall prospect by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and ESPN/HoopGurlz. In addition to earning McDonald’s All-America honors, Boykin was selected to play in the inaugural Jordan Brand Classic. She played AAU ball for Boo Williams.