Tracking the Georgia Lady Bulldogs: Players coming and going, staff additions and more

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Georgia warms up before the start of an NCAA women's college basketball game between Kentucky and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Kentucky won 62-58. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)
Georgia warms up before the start of an NCAA women's college basketball game between Kentucky and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Kentucky won 62-58. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)

Two days after the 2021-22 season ended, the offseason for the Georgia women's basketball program kicked into high gear.

Coach Joni Taylor left for Texas A&M, players entered the NCAA transfer portal and Katie Abrahamson-Henderson was introduced as the new head coach of the Lady Bulldogs in the span of seven days.

Stay here for all updates regarding players coming to and from UGA via the transfer portal, coaching staff changes, recruiting moves and any other significant news as it pertains to the women's basketball program.

June 17

The rest of Abrahamson-Henderson's staff has been finalized and updated. The new additions are Megan Herboth as executive assistant, Aliyah Gregory as director of scouting and video analytics and Olivier Cadet and Caleb West as graduate managers.

Several names are familiar. Katie Honeycutt is the director of recruiting operations, Josh Rucci is the strength and conditioning director and Ryan Leonard is the creative services coordinator.

University of Central Florida guard Alisha Lewis (23) dribbles the ball during a NCAA non-conference women's basketball game against Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
University of Central Florida guard Alisha Lewis (23) dribbles the ball during a NCAA non-conference women's basketball game against Iowa, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

June 4

Likely the last of this year's recruiting class becomes official as UCF transfer Alisha Lewis is announced as the latest UGA signee. Lewis was a five-star high school prospect from Delaware in the 2019 recruiting class. The 5-foot-7 guard earned 2021 American Newcomer of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year honors after putting up 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

May 19

Amiya Evans commits to Georgia. Another former UCF signee, Evans is the No. 66 recruit in the 2022 class, per ESPN. She averaged 8.9 points and 7 rebounds per game her senior year at DME Academy in Florida.

May 15

2022 center Fatima Diakhaté, a former UCF signee from Montverde Academy, commits to Georgia. The 6-foot-5 center provides Georgia with some height on the roster. She competed for Canada at the 2019 FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship.

Stefanie Ingram of Lake Highland Prep takes an open jumper during Thursday's game against Florida Prep.
Stefanie Ingram of Lake Highland Prep takes an open jumper during Thursday's game against Florida Prep.

May 14

Former UCF signee Stefanie Ingram commits to Georgia. Ingram averaged 9,5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the 2020-21 high school season as a junior at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando.

"She's really gritty, really tough," Abrahamson-Henderson said of Ingram in a UCF press release from November. "She loves the game, plays hard. She's a great passer, comes in with a good midrange game and has developed to shoot threes now. She's coming from a winning program and is a great leader."

May 13

Vanderbilt transfer guard De’Mauri Flournoy commits to Georgia. The Carrollton native averaged 3.8 ppg and had 15 steals as a freshman this past season. Flournoy was the No. 69 prospect in the 2021 recruiting class, per ESPN.

May 5

Stephanie Follett was named Georgia's director of basketball operations, the team announced Thursday. Abrahamson-Henderson coached Follett at Maine in the early 90s and joined the head coach's staff at Missouri State as an assistant.

"Stephanie is a tremendous addition to our staff," Abrahamson-Henderson said in a statement. "Her experience at multiple levels as a player and coach, along with her exceptional work ethic, will strengthen our staff daily. Stephanie has an infectious and positive personality that our players, coaches, administrators and fans will appreciate."

Follett has also worked at Auburn and UCF. A Stormville, New York native, she played all four years at Maine, making the North Atlantic Conference All-Rookie Team as a freshman and was an NAC All-Conference pick as a sophomore and senior.

Stephanie Follett, special assistant to the Auburn head coach, kisses her son, Jack Follett before the beginning of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Auburn, Ala.
Stephanie Follett, special assistant to the Auburn head coach, kisses her son, Jack Follett before the beginning of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Auburn, Ala.

May 5

Salaries for three assistant coaches are revealed through information obtained in an open records request by the Athens Banner-Herald. Associate head coach Tahnee Balerio will be paid $250,000, assistant coach Isoken Uzamere will make $240,000 and Nykesha Sales will get $210,000. All three followed Abrahamson-Henderson from UCF.

More: What Georgia is paying its top men's assistant coach and its women's basketball assistants

May 3

Ebone Henry-Harris is announced as Georgia's new director of player development. Henry-Harris was also on Abrahamson-Henderson's staff at UCF and was present at the head coach's introduction on March 29.

"She has been an instrumental part of our program over the last six years, and I know she will have the same impact here at Georgia," Abrahamson-Henderson said in a statement. "She is detail-oriented, meticulous and, as someone who has played the game at a high level, a tremendous example for our student-athletes."

Henry-Harris is the all-time leading scorer at Albany and was a three-time America East Defensive Player of the Year. From 2013-16, she played professionally overseas for teams in Bolivia, Iceland, Montenegro and Puerto Rico.

May 2

Jillian Hollingshead commits to Tennessee.

April 25

Freshman guards Kimora Jenkins and Alina Sendar entered the transfer portal, as first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jenkins, who hails from Long Island, played in eight games this season for UGA, scoring a season-high 6 points against North Florida. Sendar also played in eight games and hit a three-pointer against both Gardner-Webb and Saint Francis.

West Virginia forward Kari Niblack (14) and Iowa State forward Nyamer Diew reach for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, March 5, 2022.
West Virginia forward Kari Niblack (14) and Iowa State forward Nyamer Diew reach for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, March 5, 2022.

April 22

West Virginia graduate transfer forward Kari Niblack commits to Georgia. The Leesburg, Florida native averaged 7.6 points, 4 rebounds and 19.6 minutes per game in 2021-22 for the Mountaineers.

In her first three seasons in Morgantown, Niblack averaged more than nine points a game and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.

April 20

Maori Davenport entered the NCAA transfer portal after sitting out the 2021-22 season, she announced on Instagram. The Troy, Alabama native began her career at Rutgers before transferring to UGA ahead of the 2020-21 season where she averaged 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, seeing action in 14 games.

"It has been an honor to play for the University of Georgia," Davenport said in her post. "With the change in leadership, I have decided to enter my name in the transfer portal. I am open to all options and look forward to seeing what the universe has in store for me."

April 19

2022 signee Sydney Bowles commits to Texas A&M. The Woodward Academy star was the last of Joni Taylor's recruits at UGA.

Texas guard Audrey Warren (31) celebrates after the team's win over Fairfield in a college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament, Friday, March 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas guard Audrey Warren (31) celebrates after the team's win over Fairfield in a college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament, Friday, March 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

April 18

Texas graduate transfer Audrey Warren committed to UGA after an official visit over the weekend. In her fourth season in Austin, Warren started 16 games and averaged 8.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 26.6 minutes per game.

Mar 19, 2022; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UCF Knights forward Brittney Smith (32) and guard Alisha Lewis (23) react after a play against the Florida Gators in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2022; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UCF Knights forward Brittney Smith (32) and guard Alisha Lewis (23) react after a play against the Florida Gators in the first half at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

April 16

Abrahamson-Henderson continued her recruitment of former players as UCF grad transfer Brittney Smith committed to UGA Saturday, she posted on Instagram. Smith was the Knight's second-leading scorer this season, averaging 10.8 points per game, while also averaging 6 rebounds a game.

April 12

Five year starter Que Morrison signed a training camp contract with the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. Morrison averaged 13.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game in her final season with UGA. She'll join fellow former Lady Bulldog Maya Caldwell, who signed a training camp contract with the Dream in February.

Central Florida head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, left, and assistant coach Nykesha Sales react during the second half of a first-round women's college basketball game against Florida in the NCAA tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Central Florida head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, left, and assistant coach Nykesha Sales react during the second half of a first-round women's college basketball game against Florida in the NCAA tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

April 12

Nykesha Sales is officially announced as a part of the UGA coaching staff, continuing the trend of former UCF coaches joining Abrahamson-Henderson. Sales was a two-time All-American at UConn in the 1990s and an eight-time WNBA All-Star with the Connecticut Sun, where she's the franchise's leading scorer.

"Nykesha Sales was one of the greatest players in our sport and has become an exceptional coach over the last six years," Abrahamson-Henderson said in a press release. "As a former WNBA All-Star and collegiate national champion, Coach Sales gives our student-athletes a unique perspective of what it takes to win at the most elite levels.

April 12

Isoken Uzamere has been announced as an assistant coach, helping with post players. Uzamere, a Hofstra alum, has been on Abrahamson-Henderson's staff since 2012 at Albany.

"The way she connects with players, recruits and their parents make her one of the best in the business," Abrahamson-Henderson said in a press release. "She has developed first-team All Conference and Player of the Year talent. I have no doubt she will continue to do that with our current post players here at Georgia."

In her last year in Orlando, Uzamere helped develop Brittney Smith into one of the top forwards in the American, earning AAC Sixth Player of the Year honors.

April 8

Georgia announces that Tahnee Balerio has joined the coaching staff as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. Balerio has been on Abrahamson-Henderson's staff for 12 seasons and helped develop and recruit many of the players at UCF and Albany, including Diamond Battles.

"Tahnee is the best among today's coaches," Abrahamson-Henderson said in a press release. "She is the entire package when it comes to recruiting, skill development an teaching the intellectual aspects of the game."

Balerio played point guard at Missouri State and led the Mountain Valley Conference in scoring during the 2006-07.

April 6

Savannah Henderson, Katie Abrahamson-Henderson's daughter, committed to UGA. Formerly a UCF signee, Henderson is a four-star wing and the No. 47 player in the 2022 recruiting class, per ESPN.

April 6

UCF transfer Diamond Battles announces she's transferring to Georgia, joining her former head coach. Two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Battles also was named AAC Defensive Player of the Year. She averaged 13.9 points with 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season.

"ONE LAST RIDE," Battles posted on Instagram and Twitter with an accompanying bulldog emoji.

More: How Katie Abrahamson-Henderson can overhaul Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball recruiting

April 5

Freshman forward Jillian Hollingshead entered the transfer portal, as reported by multiple outlets. The former McEachern star was held out for much of her lone season in Athens due to a knee injury and illness.

In Georgia's first round of the NCAA Tournament, Hollingshead had 15 points and two rebounds in 15 minutes in the win against Dayton.

March 31

Through a public records request, it was revealed that Abrahamson-Henderson will receive a $950,000 annual compensation.

More: 'A force of leadership': Katie Abrahamson-Henderson's path to UGA Lady Bulldogs basketball

March 30

Freshman guard Tineya Hylton entered the transfer portal, she announced.

Hylton was a part of Georgia's once-historic 2022 recruiting class and joined the program as an early enrollee in late December. She played in eight games for UGA, with her biggest performance at LSU on Feb. 10 where she played 10 minutes and scored nine points

"In the midst of the recent changes at UGA, it is with heavy consideration that have decided to embark on a new journey," her statement read.

More: Que Morrison's last dance: 5th year senior looks to cement legacy with tournament run

March 29

Abrahamson-Henderson is introduced as head coach at an introduction ceremony and accompanying press conference. Former UCF coaches Tahnee Balerio, Isoken Uzamere and Ebone Henry-Harris were in attendance and were expected to join Abrahamson-Henderson at UGA.

More: How much Georgia is paying new women's basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson

March 28

Former UGA point guard Sarah Ashlee Barker announces she's committing to Alabama.

March 26

Abrahamson-Henderson is announced as the next women's basketball coach, five days after her UCF team was ousted in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by UConn.

More: UGA hires Lady Bulldogs basketball coach. What to know about UCF's Katie Abrahamson-Henderson

March 25

Freshman guard Reigan Richardson entered the transfer portal, she announced. The freshman from Charlotte was critical in several key moments in her lone season as a Lady Bulldog. She scored in double figures in six of the last nine games.

March 24

Janiah Barker, the No. 3 prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, de-committed from Georgia and was granted a release from her national letter of intent.

"After thinking it over and after discussing the recent developments with my family, I have decided to decommit from the University of Georgia," Barker said in an Instagram post. "I will take the necessary steps that best position me for individual growth, on and off the court."

March 23

Diana Collins, a 2023 four-star point guard from Brookwood, de-committed from UGA. Collins committed to the Lady Bulldogs on New Year’s Eve.

March 23

Sarah Ashlee Barker announced that she had entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. The Alabama native started all 31 games for UGA this season.

“This program, university and Athens have given me more opportunities than I could ever dream of,” Barker said in her statement. “I hope to one day be half the woman (Joni is). I am open to all options and looking forward to what the future holds.”

More: Flights, rumors and transfers: A timeline of the Georgia Lady Bulldogs' tumultuous Wednesday

March 23

Joni Taylor is announced as the new head women's basketball coach at Texas A&M.

McClain Baxley is a recruiting reporter for the Athens Banner-Herald and the USA TODAY Network. Reach him by email at mbaxley@onlineathens.com or on Twitter at @mcclainbaxley.

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