Well, it’s a development that’s taken place within the USC Women of Troy team. The team’s official Twitter account has made an announcement, sharing the jersey numbers for the six new players who have joined the ranks. This includes four graduate transfers, one undergrad transfer, and two freshmen, each with their distinctive numbers.
Among the newcomers, there are two standout freshmen players who have been assigned their jersey numbers. Malia Samuels, a 5’6″ guard from Garfield High School in Seattle, has been designated as No. 10 for her jersey. Meanwhile, Juju Watkins, a 6′ combo guard from Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth and considered the top recruit in her class, will be wearing No. 12.
In addition to the freshmen, the graduate transfers have also received their jersey assignments. Kaitlyn Davis, a 6′ guard/forward from Columbia, will be donning No. 24, while McKenzie Forbes, a 6′ wing from Harvard, is set to wear No. 25. Another graduate transfer, Roxane Makolo, who stands at 5’10” and joins from Purdue, will sport jersey No. 30. Furthermore, Kayla Padilla, a 5’9″ junior guard hailing from Pennsylvania, has been assigned No. 45.
These alterations in the jersey numbers herald a notable transformation in the Women of Troy’s appearance on the court. The arrival of these new and skillful additions to the team promises to bring a fresh dynamic to their roster. Particularly, much anticipation surrounds Juju Watkins, who arrives with impressive credentials. In the 2022-23 academic year, she achieved a significant feat by being named the Gatorade National Player of the Year, Naismith Prep Player of the Year, and the McDonald’s All-American Game MVP. Adding to her accolades, she secured the title of California Ms. Basketball not once but twice. Notably, she even secured an NIL contract with Nike, a testament to her potential even before her senior high school season began.