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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KU women pick up graduate transfer from Ohio State

Ohio State's Lisa Blair reaches for a rebound against Indiana's Jenn Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Ohio State's Lisa Blair reaches for a rebound against Indiana's Jenn Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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Second-year Kansas University women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider just added some much needed height and experience to the 2016-17 roster.

Schneider announced Wednesday the addition of graduate transfer signee Lisa Blair, who is eligible to join Kansas on the court immediately.

Blair joins the Jayhawks after four seasons, including a redshirt year, at Ohio State. The 6-foot-6 center from Brooklyn, New York, has one year of eligibility remaining.

"Lisa (Blair) brings much needed size and experience to our roster," Schneider said in a press release. "Her length and knack for blocking or altering shots provides us with the paint presence we've been looking for on the defensive end. We wanted to add depth and immediate help to our front line this spring, and we feel we've done that with (Sydney) Umeri and Blair joining our program. I believe we now have the type of competition at every position necessary to drive significant improvement."

During her career at Ohio State, Blair appeared in 81 games in three seasons and averaged 8.2 minutes per game. This past season, Blair averaged 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.1 minutes.

A McDonald's All-American nominee out of Nazareth Regional High School (Brooklyn, New York), Blair was a three-star prospect and rated the 38th-best center in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

Blair averaged 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 10.0 blocks as a senior while helping lead Nazareth to the 2009 and 2011 Catholic City and state championship. Blair was named Honorable Mention All-New York City during her prep career and was a six-time Rose Classic All-Star and champion.

Blair joins transfers Sydney Umeri and Eboni Watts in Kansas' 2016 signing class.

Comments

Brett McCabe 6 years, 3 months ago

Very impressed with Schneider so far. This year's team is going to be night and day from last year. Best of luck!

Dirk Medema 6 years, 3 months ago

Matt, TK, ? - Will there be any summer articles about the massive turnover in the roster heading toward next year, or do we have to wait until October or November? Isn't there an entire line-up just from the transfers? Several last year plus a couple more this year?

Waylon Cook 6 years, 2 months ago

Massive turnover? Lauren transferred to Misery. That was all.

The two transfers(both former McD AA) will be eligible. They transferred TO KU.

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