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‘I’m speechless:’ Saniya Rivers announces transfer over to NC State

‘I’m speechless:’ Saniya Rivers announces transfer over to NC State
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 4:49 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Former Ashley High School standout Saniya Rivers announced on Twitter she will play for Wes Moore and the NC State Wolfpack.

Rivers first announced that she would be entering the transfer portal last month, fresh off of winning a national championship.

“For me, it was time to move on,” said Saniya Rivers. “Nothing against South Carolina. Great program, great coaches, great players, but it wasn’t a good fit. I’m happy for the ring. Most people don’t get that.”

Previously, Rivers had played in 27 games for the South Carolina Gamecocks basketball team as a freshman and had averaged 2.3 points in just under 13 minutes per game.

When she was being recruited out of high school, NC State was on the radar as one of her top schools. COVID-19 halted the ability for her to go on an official visit, so this time around recruiting was a different ball game.

“When I went on the official visit, the players weren’t really there, you know, they were home for their little break,” Rivers said. “But the players who graduated came back. So you know, it just showed me like, wow, NC State must be special, because a lot of people wouldn’t have come back just for a recruit. So it showed me a lot.”

Although she was apart of a national championship team at South Carolina, NC State is no stranger to winning titles too.

“They’ve won ACC tournaments back to back,” she said. “I’m hoping to just go in there and help them continue on that record. I don’t even know what to say, I’m speechless. I’m excited. It’s a great program with great coaches, great fans.”

Rivers will spend a few weeks back at home in Wilmington before heading to Raleigh for training camp.

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