Washington Womens Basketball coaching changes and uncertainty led to freshman Aarion McDonald’s decision to transfer out. New head coach Jody Winn needs to recruit scorers
Freshman guard Aarion McDonald watched four teammates graduate: Chantel Osahor, Kelly Plum, heather Corral and Katie Collier. She watched her head coach take a new coaching job elsewhere. But in the end, she just could not see herself as a Washington Husky basketball player any longer.
And so, the Washington Huskies lose five of the team’s top scorers from the 2016-2017 season. New head coach Jody Winn prefers defensive teams, but losing this many of the team’s top scorers is not exactly what she had in mind.
The team must now build around returning senior Natalie Romeo. Romeo averaged 9.8 points per game for the Huskies last year.
LIFO – Last In First Out
Per Percy Allen of the Seattle Times, McDonald is the first player to transfer away from the Jody Lynn-coached team. The Washington Huskies recruited McDonald in 2016. Joining her in that class is Gigi Garcia, Mai-Loni Henson, and Amber Melgoza. McDonald was the leading scorer among freshmen, and was the team’s third leading scorer.
The team has a pair of 2017 incoming freshmen in three-star point guard Kierra Collier and three-star forward Kayla Rooks. Collier is a 5-foot-7 incoming freshman from Truman High School, Missouri. Rooks is a 6-foot-0 forward from Mission Hills High School, California.
With the loss of four seniors plus one, the team will now need to look for more players to round out the roster. The team has offers out to players for the 2018 recruiting class. So far, none have committed to Washington University.