May 15, 2013

Women’s Basketball Lands Auburn Transfer Chadarryl Clay

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball Head Coach Marlene Stollings continues to add to her impressive 2013 recruiting class with the addition of Auburn transfer guard Chadarryl Clay.

Stollings and her staff already made noise during the early signing period, boasting the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 and the 38th-best in the country.  Clay, who was an ESPN HoopGurlz four-star recruit out of Georgia Preparatory School (Tenn.) in 2012, will only boost those rankings.

"Chadarryl is the epitome of a student-athlete," said Stollings.  "She brings an outstanding academic background to our program and plans to enter the prestigious school of pharmacy.  In addition, Chadarryl will bring strong on-court experience from her time in the highly regarded SEC.  Her basketball IQ, ability to score in transition, read the floor and defend step for step will be invaluable in helping us reach our goals.  We are thrilled to add Chadarryl to our Ram family."

Clay, who was graded by ESPN as the No. 77 overall player in the country and the 12th-best guard out of high school, led Chattanooga's Georgia Preparatory School to back-to-back state championships during her final two seasons, and had her No. 5 jersey retired after finishing her prep career with 1,779 points. 

The two-time Division II-AA Tennessee Miss Basketball appeared in 32 games with one start as a freshman last year at Auburn, averaging nearly four points and two assists in better than 12 minutes per game.  She was a steady force off the bench for the Tigers, particularly against SEC foes, where she contributed 6.1 points and 2.2 assists during her final nine conference games, including a 14-point effort against LSU in the SEC Tournament.

Not only did Clay make an impact on the court during her rookie season, but she also excelled in the classroom, earning Auburn's scholar athlete award after sporting a team-best 3.7 GPA as a pre-pharmacy major.   

Clay will have three years of eligibility with the Rams beginning in 2014-15 due to NCAA transfer rules.

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