Women's Hoops Lands Impact Transfer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Two-time All-Big 12 guard AJ Alix from TCU will utilize the graduate transfer rule and play the 2017-18 season for the Florida State Women's Basketball team.
Alix is a talented product of Houston, Texas, who spent three playing seasons with the Horned Frogs while redshirting her freshman year in 2013-14. The all-conference performer is a proven player at the Division I level and is seen as someone who could make the type of impact as shown in recent transfers Imani Wright, Leticia Romero and Adut Bulgak.
“We're excited to have AJ join our program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She had strong success as a point guard in the Big 12 during her undergraduate years. We graduated two accomplished and experienced point guards this season. As a graduate transfer, AJ provides an experience level in addition to a great skill set that is important in running a Top 10 program.”
Alix, whose greatest experience comes at the point guard position, led TCU last season with 13.1 points and 4.6 assists per game. She connected on a good percentage of her jumpers from beyond the arc, hitting 39 percent (69-of-177) while ranking third in the Big 12 with 2.3 3-point field goals per game. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage.
The standout point guard recorded 20 double-figure scoring games last season and shot 81.5 percent from the free throw line. She enjoyed a stretch of four consecutive 20-point games, all in conference play. One of her highlight performances of the year came in an 80-68 win at Kansas on Feb. 5, scoring a season-high 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
As a sophomore in 2015-16, Alix dropped a career-best 26 points against No. 25 West Virginia. She has 13 career games with 20+ points, including nine last season.
In her two All-Big 12 campaigns as a redshirt sophomore and junior, Alix averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 41.8 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. As a redshirt junior, Alix shot an impressive 43.1 percent (66-of-153) from downtown – a mark that was good enough for 10th in the NCAA.
Alix hails from Bellaire High School where she was ranked as the 48th-best prospect in the nation by the ESPNU 100. She was a consensus Top-75 recruit and a three-time Houston Chronicle Houston-Area Girls Player of the Year.
The Seminoles will boast another talent-filled backcourt for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Alix. She joins fellow Texan and shooting guard Imani Wright as well as rising sophomores Nicole Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk, with both providing a very bright future for the program.
Also entering the group of guards next year are incoming freshman Savannah Wilkinson of London, England, and Sayawni “Say Say” Lassiter of Newton North High School in Dorchester, Mass.
ACC Player of the Year Shakayla Thomas returns for her senior season as well as ACC Sixth Player of the Year Chatrice White. Rising senior center Ama Degbeon provides needed experience while rising redshirt freshman forward Iho Lopez hopes to break into the mix.
Alix joins signee Hatty Nawezhi as FSU's recent additions to next year's team. Nawezhi is a JUCO All-America forward from Brussels, Belgium who figures to also make an immediate impact in the 2017-18 season.
Florida State's 2017-18 non-conference schedule will be announced this summer. Prior to the announcements of Nawezhi and Alix, FSU was already pegged as a Top-25 team in the ESPNW “Way Too Early” rankings.
FSU is coming off a 2016-17 season where it finished seventh in the final USA Today Poll and reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in the last three seasons.