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Penn State grad transfer Lindsey Spann joins South Carolina women’s basketball

The Gamecocks get an immediately available guard for the 2017-18 season.

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After seeing junior guards Allisha Gray and Kaela Davis come off the board in the first round of the WNBA Draft, the Gamecocks picked up a grad transfer that can help them right away. Lindsey Spann, a former Penn State player, will join South Carolina for the 2017-18 season.

Spann’s commitment adds a key three-point shooter to Staley’s arsenal as the team looks to mount a national championship defense. She averaged 10.5 points per game in 29 games (14 starts), good for second on the team’s roster last year, while shooting just south of 30% from three. A leg injury in March saw her season come to an end, and after the season, it was announced that she would not return to Penn State.

It’s a key pickup that gives South Carolina some experience in the back court. Before Spann’s arrival and after Davis and Gray’s departure, Bianca Cuevas-Moore and Ty Harris were the only known quantity at guard with Bianca Jackson and Haley Troup arriving as freshmen at the position. With Spann in the mix, the Gamecocks have room for one more scholarship player; Staley could opt to seek another grad transfer or go the JUCO route to round out the class - which now includes Spann and freshmen Jackson, Troup, LeLe Grissett and LaDazhia Williams.