With the 2018-2019 season underway, Mississippi State was able to receive some welcoming news for the program.
In effect, Andra Espinoza-Hunter was able to receive the thumbs up to play for the Bulldogs this season. The 5-foot-11 transfer from UConn will be able to play this Friday when Mississippi State travels to play the Virginia Cavaliers.
Espinoza-Hunter played in seven games as a freshman for the Huskies last season. The 2017 New York Gatorade Player of the Year averaged 4.0 points and shot 38.5% from the field last season. The guard is from Ossining, New York and scored over 2,000 points for Blair Academy in New Jersey.
On January 12, Espinoza-Hunter transferred from UConn and then less than a month later, she signed to play for Mississippi State.
Speaking with Tyler Horka of The Clarion Ledger, Espinoza-Hunter stated, “It wasn’t a good fit for me (at UConn) and it had nothing to do with playing time at all, even though I know a lot of people assume that.”
In any event, most transfers normally must sit out two semesters once they enroll in the new school. It is important to realize that Andra Espinoza-Hunter enrolled at Mississippi State this summer. In that case, she would become eligible next season without the waiver from the NCAA. In the long run, people will question the decision by the NCAA due to similar cases in the past. Ultimately, Espinoza-Hunter was granted the immediate eligibility and will suit up for the Bulldogs.
Immediately, Andra fills a need that Mississippi State was missing with the departure of Victoria Vivians. Espinoza-Hunter can score the basketball and shoot it at a consistent percentage from the beyond the arc.
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