IUWBB: Hoosiers courting possible grad transfer Amber Deane

Indiana had former Dayton guard Amber Deane on campus Monday for a visit, according to multiple sources, with the Hoosiers looking at the 5-foot-9 guard as a possible graduate transfer for the 2016-17 season.

Deane played nine games for the Flyers in 2015-16, averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game. Her season was cut short in December by a left leg injury.

With the emergence of Deane, it appears there are now three players on the Hoosiers’ recruiting radar. IU is also currently being considered as a landing spot for two highly coveted and uncommitted high school seniors, Lindsey Corsaro (Indianapolis) and Kathleen Doyle (La Grange Park, Ill.).

The Hoosiers have two open scholarships with the early graduation of junior Lyndsay Leikem and the transfer of sophomore guard Jess Walter. Last month, IU head coach Teri Moren said she didn’t feel it was absolutely necessary to fill those slots this offseason, but she was open to adding a grad transfer, referencing the men’s basketball program’s addition of Michigan graduate Max Bielfeldt last season.

Deane had an extremely productive career as a Flyer. She started all but two games her first two seasons and was the Atlantic 10’s Rookie of the Year in 2013. Deane went on to score 1,194 points and hit 48.6 percent of her shots in 104 games. In her final three seasons, she converted better than 80 percent of her free throws.

Deane scored a career-high 29 points against then-No. 22 Louisville at the Gulf Coast Showcase in November. Without Deane and fellow senior guard Kelley Austria, Dayton lost in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament and then the first round of the WNIT. The Flyers made the NCAA Tournament from 2012-14, put out in the Elite Eight by No. 1 UConn in 2014-15.

In high school, Deane played with future Michigan State star Aerial Powers at Birmingham Detroit Country Day High School.

If Deane were to join the Hoosiers, it would add much-needed depth off the ball for the Hoosiers. At times, IU struggled with consistency from its backcourt, initially rotating Walter and juniors Tyshee Towner and Karlee McBride at the starting three spot, until McBride solidified her role as the starter in the second half of the season. Fellow junior Alexis Gassion was forced to play 34.9 minutes per game at the other wing.

While depth on the ball was of even greater concern last year, with first-team All-Big Ten honoree Tyra Buss as the Hoosiers’ only true point guard, IU has an influx of ballhandlers in the queue. Tia Elbert, who sat out a year after transferring from Marquette, will be available in ’16-17, as well as incoming freshman combo guard Ria Gulley.

Doyle, this year’s Ms. Basketball in Illinois, is primarily a point guard and would have to compete for minutes if she were to pick IU. Her other options are Nebraska – where she originally committed – and Iowa and Vanderbilt. Corsaro is a McDonald’s All-American who has the versatility to play any guard spot. The 6-footer is currently considering IU, UCLA, Baylor, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.


  1. Hopefully Moren will hold open that final roster spot untill Corsaro makes her decision. Kathleen Doyle is #97 espn hoopgurls and was Miss ILL basketball 2016 but for my money its Corsaro untill she makes her selection. BTW apparently Corsaro used one of her four official remaining visits this past weekend at UCLA. The fact there has been no announcement yet is a good sign.

  2. It’s great to even see them as recruiting targets. The previous staff (before the hiccup with Miller) would publicly comment that they were not actively recruiting a player because they were a target of a high profile program.

    The ball game is over before the season even begins if you won’t even compete for players. I admit to not knowing squat about the women’s game but I sure do like what we’ve seen from the current regime.

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