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.