Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse women’s basketball program will lose its fifth player to the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Multiple sources have informed syracuse.com that grad transfer guard Jayla Thornton will seek a transfer after one season with the Orange.
Thornton entered the portal on Friday, two days shy of the NCAA’s May 1 deadline to enter the portal and still be eligible to play during the 2022-23 season.
Thornton, a 5-foot-10 guard from Newark, New Jersey, appeared in five games for Syracuse during the 2021-22 season before suffering a season-ending injury. She averaged 5.6 points and 1.8 rebounds during her time with the Orange.
The 2021-22 season was supposed to be Thornton’s final year of college basketball, however, she was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA due to her injury status, according to a source.
Thornton arrived at Syracuse last summer after transferring from Howard after four seasons. She was named the 2020-21 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 11.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game as a senior.
Syracuse coach Felisha Legette-Jack has brought in seven transfers since her hiring in March, including three guards that would’ve made it difficult for Thornton to receive significant playing time. Buffalo transfers Dyaisha Fair, Georiga Woolley and Cheyenne McEvans will join Syracuse returners Teisha Hyman, Alaina Rice, Nyah Wilson and Ava Irvin in Legette-Jack’s group of guards.
Thornton joins a list of five players from this season’s Syracuse roster to enter the transfer portal this offseason, including Chrislyn Carr (Louisville), Chrissy Carr (Arkansas), Priscilla Williams (South Florida) and Julianna Walker.
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