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Former 5-star recruit Taya Corosdale transfers to Duke women's basketball

Taya Corosdale is the second Oregon State player to transfer to Duke this offseason.
Taya Corosdale is the second Oregon State player to transfer to Duke this offseason.

Duke has landed another transfer.

Former Oregon State combo forward Taya Corosdale has committed to Duke, she announced Friday via Twitter. Corosdale joins forward Kennedy Brown in making the move from Corvallis, Ore., to Durham, the latter having made her announcement Sunday. The pair entered the transfer portal in early April, along with fellow Beaver starters Taylor Jones (who has since committed to Texas) and Greta Kampschroeder. Corosdale and Brown join former teammate Aleah Goodman, now the Blue Devils’ director of recruiting and player development.

At 6-foot-3, the graduate transfer joins Brown and Tulane graduate transfer Mia Heide in Duke's frontcourt rotation. Corosdale was a full-time starter at Oregon State starting from the ninth game of her freshman year, but played a bit out of position; with the Beavers' talent skewing heavily toward the frontcourt this past season, she often played alongside two bigs. She went up against the Blue Devils twice in her career, playing just five minutes in Durham in her freshman year but tallying 10 rebounds in 27 minutes in a home win during her sophomore campaign.

Corosdale brings a well-rounded skill set to the Blue Devil rotation. She has an excellent floor game and has ranked in at least the 95th percentile in assist-to-turnover ratio among forwards in her last three full seasons, per CBB Analytics. Her feel shows up in her scoring portfolio as well, with Synergy ranking her above the 80th percentile in cuts, off-screen actions, and transition offense last year.

Corosdale—who held a field goal percentage of 41.3% and a true shooting percentage of 53.4% in her Oregon State career—doesn’t provide a lot of rim pressure, but she did convert well in the paint in 2021-22. Spacing from her position could be more useful for the Blue Devils than rim pressure, given the number of slashers in Duke's backcourt. That owes to her career 33.8% mark from three on 3.0 attempts per game, which makes her a genuine stretch big by college standards.

With 15 scholarship players slated to be on the 2022-23 roster, the Blue Devils should now have their full roster. Their guard rotation figures to feature Shayeann Day-Wilson, Jordyn Oliver, Vanessa de Jesus and freshmen Ashlon Jackson and Emma Koabel; the wings should include Celeste Taylor, Reigan Richardson, Elizabeth Balogun, Nyah Green and Lee Volker; and the bigs are likely to be Brown, Corosdale, freshman Shay Bollin, Imani Lewis and Heide.

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