Story courtesy: Baylor Athletics
For the third season in a row, the Baylor women’s basketball team will add a graduate transfer with former Stanford guard DiJonai Carrington signing to play her final year of eligibility with the Lady Bears.
Carrington was a member of the Stanford program for four seasons, and she received a medical hardship due to a knee injury last season after playing just five games. In those five games, she averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.
Prior to the injury-shortened season, she was an All-Pac 12 guard as a junior. She started in all 36 contests for legendary Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer. She was just one of four Power 5 Conference players under six-feet to average 14 points and seven rebounds per contest. The 5-11 guard put up an even 14.0 points per contest while pulling down an average of 7.5 rebounds.
“I’m excited to welcome DiJonai to Baylor University and the Lady Bears basketball team. Our staff has enjoyed getting to know her and her family,” said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey. “Not only is DiJonai an intelligent student athlete, she is an outstanding player. We are thrilled to have her joining us in Waco and can’t wait to get her on campus to meet her teammates.”
Carrington and the Cardinal advanced to the Elite 8 in 2019 before falling to eventual title-game participant, Notre Dame. She was a Pac 12 All-Tournament Team selection, averaging 17.3 points while helping Stanford to a Pac-12 Tournament Championship and a win over Oregon in the title game.
As a sophomore, she averaged 8.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per contest – mostly off the bench. Her freshman season, she played in 35 games, averaging 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
For her career, she is a 43.6 percent shooter, has hit 74-of-247 3-point attempts (.300) and shot 67.2 percent from the free-throw line. Over 108 games, she has 48 career starts and averaged 8.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
She played high school ball in San Diego, Calif., for Horizon Christian Academy, where she was a McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic All-American. Her sister, Diarra, played point guard at Daytona State and the University of New Orleans. Her brother, Darren II, was a wide receiver at the University of Oregon and at Utah. Her mother, Vickie, ran track at Northern Arizona, and her father, Darren, played football there as well on the way to being a fifth-round NFL Draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 1989.
Carrington follows Chloe Jackson and Te’a Cooper as graduate transfers in each of the last three seasons for Baylor. Jackson was a second-team All-Big 12 selection and the NCAA Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player in Baylor’s 2019 title run. Jackson was later drafted in the second round of the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. Cooper was the 2020 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a second-round draft selection of the Phoenix Mercury in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
Sarah Andrews, Hannah Gusters and Carrington make up three newcomers to the team that lost four seniors in Cooper, Lauren Cox, Juicy Landrum and Erin DeGrate. Jaden Owens transferred to Baylor from UCLA this offseason, and may have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules.