By Adam Brown
Ole Miss women’s head basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin announced the addition of Andeija Puckett to the team on Friday. Puckett is joining the Rebels after playing two seasons with Cincinnati.
This season, Puckett will have to sit out for the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The 6-2 center a Griffin Georgia native, played in all 35 games last season for the Bearcats that end with a 24-11 mark and advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals.
“Andeija is a huge late pickup for us, and I’m glad that we had a scholarship available for her,” McPhee-McCuin said. “She’s tough, athletic, and will transition well with the post play in the SEC. I am excited that we’ll have a redshirt year to work with her and improve her skill. ‘Deijah’ will be ready to impact us immediately.”
Puckett averaged 4.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.2 average minutes of action through 35 games her sophomore year, starting in one at Saint Louis on Nov. 18. She poured in a career-high 16 points and hauled in six boards in the first round of the WNIT vs. Youngstown State on March 21, which helped set up the first back-to-back postseason wins in program history before falling to TCU in the quarterfinal.
In high school, Puckett was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN after a historic career at Griffin High School. She left as the all-time leader in scoring (1,330) and rebounds (790) after averaging 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds alongside 5.0 blocks and 3.0 steals.