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Syracuse Women's Basketball: Wagner's Jasmine Nwajei to Transfer to Orange

She led the nation in scoring last season, with 29 points per game.


Jasmine Nwajei, the nation's leading scorer last season, plans to transfer to Syracuse, she told Scout's Mike McAllister. Nwajei verbally committed during an on-campus visit she took this weekend.

Nwajei told McAllister she "loves" the coaching staff and believes head coach Quentin Hillsman will help develop her game.

"Coach Q, Tammi Reiss, Ced [Cedric Solice], they're all great people," Nwajei said. "I know that Coach Q will push me to the level that I want to take my game to."

Nwajei, who announced her plans to transfer from Wagner College in March, is one of the most prolific scorers in women's college basketball. In addition to leading the country in scoring with 29 points per game, the junior guard scored a school-record 2,076 points in her three years at Wagner.

Nwajei finished her junior season at Wagner averaging 29 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.6 seals. She shot 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the three-point line.

She told SILive's Jim Waggoner a key reason to her departure was Wagner deciding to fire fourth-year head coach Lisa Cermignano.

"I am upset that she got fired," Nwajei said. "We had a very close relationship. It's not the only reason I'm leaving, but it plays a major part."

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Nwajei will have to sit out the entire 2016-2017 season. She will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be available to play for Syracuse as a fifth-year senior in 2017. Nwajei told McAllister she plans to make the most out of her one season at Syracuse.

"I have plans to start," Nwajei said. "I'm going to be the floor general, of course a scoring threat and a reflection of Coach Q."

While nothing is ever a guarantee, Nwajei will definitely be given strong consideration for a starting role at Syracuse. The Orange are set to lose both junior Alexis Peterson and redshirt-junior Brittney Sykes after the following season.