5-star signee latest departure for UK women – The Courier-Journal

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – A rash of recent player defections from Kentucky’s women’s basketball program has continued after the end of the 2015-16 season.

McDonald’s All American Lindsey Corsaro, a 2016 five-star guard, is the latest departure from the program despite already signing a national letter of intent with UK in November. A UK spokesman confirmed the school will release Corsaro from her letter of intent but plans to continue to recruit her and remains a possible destination for the Indianapolis native.

“It’s a tough situation for us,” Corsaro’s father, Greg Corsaro, told the Indianapolis Star. “Kentucky has had some uncertainty the last couple months with some coaches and players and Lindsey felt like she should reconsider her options. She’s not ruling out Kentucky.”

ESPN reported Monday 2017 four-star post player Madison Treece had also decided to reopen her recruitment after initially committing to UK.

The recruits’ decisions came after freshman forward Batouly Camara decided to transfer, becoming the sixth player to leave the program since the beginning of the fall semester. Camara averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while starting 14 of her 33 appearances as a freshman. She was ranked as the No. 9 recruit in the country out of Blair Academy in New York.

“After heartfelt discussions with my family, friends and other trusted people in my life – along with much prayer – I have decided that remaining at the University of Kentucky is not in my best interest,” Camara wrote in a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “My current focus is on finishing the semester in a strong fashion and on doing well on my final exams. Upon my departure from Lexington and return back home to NYC, my family and I will begin identifying where to finish my college career.

“I want to thank my teammates and friends at UK, as well as those staff members that have supported me throughout this challenging year. I also want to thank our fans out there in BBN for your great support of me and our team this season.”

UK head coach Matthew Mitchell has seen his roster depth evaporate since dismissing Oregon transfer Chrishae Rowe from the team in mid-October. Rowe’s dismissal was quickly followed by transfers from starting guard Linnae Harper, freshman guard Morgan Rich and junior reserve forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers. Little-used senior forward Ivana Jakubcova announced after the season she would play her final season of basketball elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

After Goodin-Rogers departure, Mitchell attributed the defections to individual decisions.

“When you have four situations in a short period of time, it certainly looks like it’s connected,” Mitchell said in December. “And it’s hard for people, if they’re not in it and don’t know each individual, they’re four individual situations. So one’s a dismissal. So a player chose not to live up to the standards of the program, so I had to make that decision. The other three are all separate individual decisions that you need to talk to those individuals.”

The player departures have mirrored recent turnover on Mitchell’s staff.

The contract of assistant coach Adeniyi Amadou was not renewed after the season, and assistant Tamika Williams-Jeter resigned earlier this week.

A source confirmed to The Courier-Journal on Tuesday that Mitchell plans to hire former UK assistant Kyra Elzy to fill one of the staff vacancies. Elzy served as an assistant at UK from 2008 to 2012 before leaving for a spot on Holly Warwick’s staff at Tennessee. Elzy and the Volunteers mutually agreed to part ways earlier this month, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Elzy would join Camryn Whitaker on Mitchell’s staff with one open assistant spot remaining.

Mitchell lost all three of his assistants after the 2013-14 season when he did not renew the contracts of Shalon Pillow and Jeff House and Danielle Santos resigned to take a job at Florida State. One of the assistants hired to replace that trio, Christian Stefanopoulos, resigned during the 2014-15 season due to an undisclosed illness, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

UK’s current roster includes just seven players: sophomores Maci Morris and Taylor Murray, juniors Makenzie Cann, Alexis Jennings and Alyssa Rice and seniors Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps.

Email Jon Hale at jahale@courier-journal.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ.

5-star signee latest departure for UK women – The Courier-Journal

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