The Oregon Women’s Basketball team has had its share of departures through the transfer portal so far this offseason, but now head coach Kelly Graves has found an experienced player who will be arriving for 2021.
The guard position has seen more rotation this offseason due to departures, but Georgia State transfer Taylor Hosendove brings experience to a position that otherwise has a lot of young talent that will be ready in the coming seasons for the Ducks.
Hosendove led Georgia State last season averaging 12 points and eight rebounds. She played in 24 games and started 23. She was impressive on the floor shooting at over 46 percent and hitting better than 35 percent of her shots from 3-point range.
She announced her commitment to Oregon on Instagram on Tuesday night. She is a fourth-year junior and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
It’s clear that Graves knows he will have to replace likely a few more pieces for the upcoming season. Over the last months, four players have left the program including Taylor Chavez, Jaz Shelley, Taylor Mikesell, and most recently Angela Dugalic who transferred to UCLA.
Hosendove started her career at Clemson before moving to Georgia State and now sees the opportunity she has to make a difference for Kelly Graves and the Ducks, “I picked Oregon because I wanted to play closer to home. Growing up I always wanted to play in the Pac-12, so this is like a dream come true for me. I just want to better myself and be part of something special.”
Despite having two seasons of eligibility available, she will have to apply for a waiver to play in the 2021-22 season for Oregon. According to an interview with 247Sports, Hosendove models her game after Draymond Green as well as being versatile on both ends of the floor. She is more content with winning games rather than individual accolades.
If she has to wait out a season due to the transfer, she says she will take the time to work on her game to be ready to go when she gets the opportunity. She is also confident that the NCAA could approve a waiver for her to play this upcoming season.
Hosendove had several schools to consider including Georgia Tech, James Madison, and Kansas before deciding on Oregon.