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Kansas Women’s Basketball Signs Top-40 Recruit S’mya Nichols

Brandon Schneider

The Kansas Jayhawks women’s basketball team began assembling talent for its 2023-24 team as the NCAA’s early-signing period opened on Wednesday.

The Jayhawks, led by coach Brandon Schneider, are coming off their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2013, when Kansas reached the Sweet 16. Kansas won its first-round tournament game and then lost to Stanford in the second round. Kansas returns nearly its entire roster from last year, including All-Big 12 First Team selection Holly Kersgieter.

 

Kansas hasn’t made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances since 2012 and 2013.

Before the signing period, the Jayhawks had two commitments. That included a late commitment from Overland Park, Kansas, forward S’mya Nichols, the No. 34 recruit in the country per ESPN.com.

Kansas’s 2023 recruiting class is below. Players who confirmed as signed are noted below. The list below also includes the Jayhawks season-opening roster.

The early-signing window closes on Nov. 16.

Kansas Women’s Basketball 2023 Recruiting Class

F S’mya Nichols, 6-0, Overland Park, Kan. – Signed (per Kansas Sports Information)

G Laia Conesa, 5-10, Barcelona, Spain – Signed (per Kansas Sports Information)

2022-23 Season-Opening Roster

G Wyvette Mayberry (5-7, Jr.), C Taiyanna Jackson (6-6, Sr.), G Mia Vuksic (6-0, Jr.), F Ioanna Chatzileonti (6-3, Jr.), G Sanna Strom (6-0, So.), F Katrine Jessen (6-4, So.), G Holly Kersgieter (5-11, Sr.), C Danai Papadopoulou (6-4, So.), G Zakiyah Franklin (5-8, Sr.), G Breeley Oakley (5-9, Jr.), F Zsófia Telegdy (6-3, Fr.), G Bella Swedlund (5-8, Fr.), G Chandler Prater (5-11, Jr.), C Nadira Eltayeb (6-4, Jr.), C Chisom Ajekwu (6-4, Sr.)

Player in Bold: Notes a player who is a senior and may be out of eligibility after this season, depending on whether they have a COVID-19 waiver.

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