STEPHANIE MAVUNGA HEADED TO OSU
|Mavunga was the innovator of synchronized falling with|
your hands up in the air while at North Carolina.
Hello, Columbus...goodbye Chapel Hill.
OSU head coach Kevin McGuff will have the Brownsburg, IN native for two years competing in BIG 10 action. She'll sit out the 2015-16 season and suit up for the Buckeyes after that. McGuff will have a powerhouse trio starting 2016 with transfer from Duke Sierra Calhoun, 2015 Co-Player of the year Kelsey Mitchell and Mavunga.
Mavunga spent the summer playing for TEAM USA at the Pan American games in Toronto. She was first team All-ACC last season at UNC and had 27 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
And thus endth the distribution of the highly-heralded 2013 freshman class that arrived at Chapel Hill for Sylvia Hatchell. Allisha Gray is now a Gamecock. Diamond DeShields a Volunteer and Jessica Washington a Jayhawk.
Kevin McGuff is one of the "young guns" coaches...along with Jeff Walz, Matthew Mitchell and Quentin Hillsman that are in and around their second decade of head coaching. McGuff's successes at Xavier and Washington got him to OSU...where he replaced the veteran Jim Foster.
The "old guard" of Geno Auriemma, C. Vivian Stringer, Kim Mulkey and Tara Vanderveer couldn't be blamed if they occasionally look over their shoulder to see who might be gaining on them. With Walz's stellar 2014 and 2015 classes and two NCAA Championship game trips, Hillsman's transformation of the "Cuse" into a powerhouse and Mitchell turning UK into a SEC contender year-in and year-out...this could be a very interesting 2015-16 season.