FSU forward Kristi Mokube transferring to USF
USF women's basketball has picked up a transfer to add to its incoming recruiting class, as Kristi Mokube, a 6-foot-2 forward who has played sparingly in two seasons at Florida State, said Tuesday she has committed to join the Bulls.
Mokube, who averaged 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, will sit out the 2013-14 season, then have two years with the Bulls, playing with rising USF sophomore guard Courtney Williams, who she said is her cousin.
"One reason I chose USF is Courtney's there. She's family, and I felt comfortable. It's not that far from home," said Mokube, who grew up in Georgia and finished her high school career in Phenix City, Ala., rated as the state's top frontcourt player in 2011. ESPN's Hoopgurlz rated her as the nation's No. 13 post player in her recruiting class, according to FSU.
Of her two seasons at FSU, Mokube said "it just didn't work out" -- the Seminoles, like USF, made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past season, but Mokube totaled just 14 points in eight games.
"I rebound. I'm a hustle player," she said. "I give a lot of energy. I can defend well. I really run the floor well with the guards in transition and I know USF is an uptempo team. I like to rebound the ball. I'm a Dennis Rodman type."
Mokube (pronounced muh-KOO-bay) is the sixth member of USF's incoming recruiting class, joining junior college prospects Tamara Taylor and Ivana Vuletic and high school standouts Trimaine McCullough, Jayla King and Paige Cashin. Coach Jose Fernandez still has two scholarships available after having eight seniors on his 2012-13 roster.
Fernandez has had good success with major-college transfers, getting multi-year contributors in the past in players like Jessica Lawson (Cal), Brittany Denson (Miami) and Ezria Parsons (Auburn).