COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala./Sparkman) has signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. Jennings, who played two seasons at Kentucky, will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2017-18.
“It’s a great day to be a Gamecock,” Staley said. “Alexis joining our Gamecock family brings us a proven, versatile player. Her ability to score with her back to the basket and stretch the floor with her 3-point shot makes us instantly better.”
A 6-foot-2 forward, Jennings averaged 7.1 boards and 10.0 points for the Wildcats last season, lifting her rebounding average to 7.5 in SEC play to rank 10th in the league. Among her six double-doubles as a sophomore was a 15-point, 16-rebound performance at Texas A&M in an upset of the No. 11 Aggies. She posted 19 of her 32 career double-digit scoring games in 2015-16, including three straight double-doubles to open SEC play. Starting 21 of her career 67 games at Kentucky, her career 8.9 points per game came on 47.4 percent field goal shooting in 21.3 minutes per game.
Signing with the Wildcats out of Sparkman High School in Harvest, Ala., Jennings was the ninth-best forward in the 2014 signing class, according to ESPN.com. After leading her team to the state championship game as a senior, she captured Alabama Class 6A and Tennessee Valley Player of the Year honors as well as a spot on the 2014 WBCA High School All-America Team.
Jennings joins a South Carolina 2016 signing class that includes incoming freshmen Araion Bradshaw of Hyde Park, Mass.; Mikiah Harrigan of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Tyasha Harris of Noblesville, Ind.; and Victoria Patrick of Orlando, Fla.