Yesterday, it was announced that Fatou Diagne, who was in the transfer portal, officially left the Purdue program for Houston. Today, Purdue is already looking to find her replacement as Northeastern transfer Mide Oriyomi will be bringing her talents to West Lafayette next season, per the Purdue Women’s Basketball website.
Oriyomi had a great sophomore season with Northeastern, scoring 11.6 points and 7.7 rebounds a night, and was named Third Team All-CAA this past season. The Ontario native brings a much needed forward into the fold after Diagne and Tamara Farquhar entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Before the addition of Mide, Purdue’s frontcourt was extremely thin with only Rickie Woltman and Nyogoa Gony on the roster at this time.
This team is going to look a heck of a lot different from last season, with 4 starters leaving in Kayana Traylor, Karissa McLaughlin, Diagne and Farquhar. The incoming class is talented and has potential to usher in a new era of Purdue Women’s Basketball. Oriyomi joins Skye Williams, Jayla Smith and Ava Learn who are all slated to join the program in the summer/fall.
It remains to be seen if Purdue will keep looking at the transfer market, but it might be in their best interest if they are able to do so. It appears this team will be one of, if not the youngest team across the country.