UNC Women's Basketball transfer set to finish career with another ACC school

With an additional season of eligibility due to COVID, Anya Poole will finish out her collegiate career within the ACC.
Phil Knight Invitational - Women's Championship: North Carolina v Iowa State
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Earlier this offseason, Anya Poole announced her decision to enter the transfer portal.

While the decision shouldn't be much of a shock (given the circumstances surrounding college basketball) it still feels weird to have four-year players at an institution end their careers elsewhere.

Poole, along with Alexandra Zelaya, Alyssa Ustby and Deja Kelly, have the ability to play a fifth season due to COVID. Unfortunately, most programs, like the UNC women's basketball program, don't have the roster space to keep everyone around.

As much as they would like to, it's just simply impossible.

Looking to finish out her career, Poole has officially found a new home, as she has announced her commitment to the Clemson Tigers.

Poole was a starter for two of her first three seasons in Chapel Hill, as she appeared in 116 games (74 starts) as a Tar Heel. She was moved into a bench role this past season, as Boston College transfer Maria Gakdeng took over the reins of playing the middle for this year's squad.

Over her career, Poole averaged 5.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. With her decrease in minutes this year (going down 8.8 minutes from her junior season) it shouldn't be that big of a surprise to see her look for an opportunity for more playing time during her final season of college eligibility.

Poole is a player who was a positive contributor to the UNC women's basketball program, so she should make an immediate impact for the Tigers this fall.

Of course, there's a possibility that Poole will have the opportunity to compete against her former teammates during the 2024-2025 season.