The Rutgers women’s basketball team added an impact transfer for this coming season, which the school announced on Tuesday. Sierra Calhoun began her collegiate career at Duke before transferring to Ohio State after her freshman campaign. After playing two seasons for the Buckeyes, she has chosen to play her final season of eligibility closer to her hometown of Brooklyn, New York by joining the Rutgers program as a graduate transfer.
Calhoun was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection last season after starting all 35 games for a ranked Ohio State team that finished with a 28-7 record and a conference title. She averaged 11.6 points and shot 35.8% from three-point range, while adding 3.8 rebounds per game. Calhoun scored in double figures in 60% of contests played last season and made three or more shots from behind the arc in 17 games.
The Brooklyn native has been extremely consistent in her college career, as she averages 10.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 36% from three-point range, strikingly similar numbers that she produced last season. From the Rutgers press release:
“We are excited to welcome back Sierra back home to play for the Scarlet Knights,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer. “Sierra has made herself known as a tremendous 3-point shooter and has the ability to score like (recent graduate) Tyler Scaife. Her ball handling is tight, you can isolate her and she can still post it up. She is a prolific scorer who can do it all. Sierra is a WNBA caliber player reminiscent of some of our great local talent that we have signed in the past such as Essence Carson, Epiphanny Prince and Kia Vaughn. We are excited that the likes of Sierra and (rising redshirt sophomore guard) Arella Guirantes from the New York area have chosen to come back home and play for the Scarlet Knights.”
Calhoun previously played for New York City powerhouse Christ The King high school and was named an All-American by McDonald’s, Parade Magazine, and WBCA, as well as was named the USA Today New York, Gatorade New York, MSG Varsity New York City and New York Daily News New York State Player of the Year her senior season when she averaged 24.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
With the loss of leading scorer Tyler Scaife, adding a player of Calhoun’s caliber is a major addition to the roster. With seniors Stasha Carey and KK Sanders back in the fold, as well as the addition of 5-star recruit Zippy Broughton, head coach C. Vivian Stringer has a solid nucleus of talent heading into this year’s campaign, as the program looks to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 after narrowly missing doing so last season.