South Carolina head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Nelly Perry will transfer from Clemson as a graduate student.
Perry, according to a release from the university on Monday afternoon, has signed a financial aid agreement to attend South Carolina. As a Clemson graduate, she will have one year of eligibility beginning, at the start of the 2018-19 season.
“We welcome Chanelle ‘Nelly’ Perry to our Gamecock family,” Staley said. “She is an impact player who will bring a wealth of experience with her ability to score in the paint and defend length on the perimeter.”
A 5-foot-10 guard/forward, Perry played three seasons at Clemson, but missed the 2017-18 campaign with a shoulder injury. She averaged 11 points and 2.5 assists over during her career with the Tigers.
A 34.1 percent field goal shooter for her career, Perry was the Tigers’ top scorer in 2016-17, averaging 12.7 points per game. She also led the team with 2.9 assists per game. Her 14.3 points per game as a sophomore (2015-16) ranked 12th in the ACC.
Before beginning her career at Clemson, Perry helped Woodrow Wilson High School (Camden, N.J.) to a 2014 state championship. She also landed the 2014 Courier-Post Player of the Year award. She finished her career as Woodrow Wilson’s all-time leading scorer and was one of just 24 players in South Jersey history to score at least 2,000 points.
Perry joins freshmen Destanni Henderson (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Fort Myers HS), Victaria Saxton (Rome, Ga./Model HS) and Elysa Wesolek (Charleston, S.C./Northwood Academy) in South Carolina’s 2018 signing class.