Former Pittsburgh forward Brenna Wise will transfer to Indiana.
Wise, a 6-foot sophomore, averaged a team-high 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Panthers last season. The Pittsburgh native is the second transfer to choose IU as a destination this offseason, following sophomore guard Ali Patberg, formerly of Notre Dame.
Wise visited campus with Patberg the third week of April. The combination of Patberg and Wise should help Teri Moren’s program turn over once rising seniors Amanda Cahill and Tyra Buss graduate. The Hoosiers will have only a handful of returners next year, and will bring in a five-player freshmen class.
Wise chose IU over Ohio State, Michigan, Dayton and Villanova.
“It’s an incredible academic institution, and not only that, it’s the mecca of basketball,” Wise said. “You think about all the tradition, the candy-striped pants. I want to be there, thriving in that mecca of basketball, under the leadership of Coach Moren and a tremendous staff. It came down to a very tough decision. I led with my heart and my gut, and I’m excited to call Indiana my home and be a Hoosier.”
While she is not from Indiana, and Bloomington’s distance from Pittsburgh was a hurdle for her to cross, she has a couple connections to IU. She played on the AAU team coached by John Miller, the father of new men’s basketball coach Archie Miller. Also, with Patberg, another transfer from the Athletic Coast Conference, she will have companionship during her transfer season.
Patberg committed to IU on April 23, the final day of their weekend visit.
“She’s a very talented point guard,” Wise said of Patberg. “Coming from the ACC, I am familiar with that caliber of player. I need someone who will push me, and we have each other for that year we sit out.
“I owed it to myself to look at all my options and go through the process thoroughly and make an educated decision. I’m glad Ali’s a part of that.”