Ex-Clemson scoring leader Perry joins South Carolina, Staley
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson leading scorer Nelly Perry is changing sides in the Palmetto State’s biggest sports rivalry.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley announced that Perry is joining the Gamecocks as a graduate transfer. Perry had led the Tigers with 12.7 points a game in the 2016-17 season, but missed last year with a shoulder injury. Perry, a 5-foot-10 guard, decided to leave Clemson after coach Audra Smith was let go in March.
Smith is a friend, ex-Virginia teammate and one-time roommate of Staley.
Staley says Perry is an impact player “who will bring a wealth of experience” to South Carolina.
Perry averaged 14.3 points a game as a sophomore in 2015-16. She bolsters a backcourt that lost Bianca Cuevas-Moore and Victoria Patrick to transfers and this year’s grad transfer Lindsey Spann.