Schneider Adds Transfer Calvert to Kansas’ Roster
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas head coach Brandon Schneider announced the addition of McKenzie Calvert to the women’s basketball team on Friday afternoon. Calvert joins the Jayhawks after playing her first collegiate season at University of Southern California (USC).
“Kenzie is an athletic guard who is the complete package offensively,” said Schneider of his most recent roster addition. “She is strong, explosive and very fundamentally sound. Kenzie also takes great pride in her ability to be a lock-down defender. Her skill level and aggressive mentality will make her an immediate impact player in our program. We are thrilled she has chosen to become a Jayhawk.”
While at USC, Calvert started seven games and played in 27 contests while registering 25.7 minutes per game. She was one of three Trojans to average double figures last season with 10.2 points per game behind 34.1 percent shooting from the field. From beyond the arc, Calvert connected on 34 percent of her shots. Calvert grabbed 2.1 rebounds per game and recorded a total of 29 assists and 26 steals.
Calvert opened the 2014-15 Pac-12 slate with back-to-back double-digit scoring performances to earn conference freshman of the week honors. She netted 16 points against UCLA and followed up with a 12-point, five-rebound performance against Oregon. Calvert became the first Trojan freshman to earn the weekly accolade from the Pac-12.
A native of Schertz, Texas, Calvert prepped at Byron P. Steele High School and was a five-star recruit out of high school. She was tabbed as the No. 16 prospect in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 as a senior. Calvert holds the Knights’ record for most steals in a single game and recorded a game with 39 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.
A four-time all-state and all-region honoree, Calvert also earned all-district honors four times during her high school career along with two district MVP honors, two state all-tournament accolades and three San Antonio Express News All-Area Team selections. Calvert participated in the 2012 U-17 U.S. National Team Trials and was called into the U-16 Team Trials in 2011.
Along with a standout basketball career, Calvert also ran track and played volleyball. She graduated cum laude and was a four-time academic all-district honoree. On the AAU circuit, Calvert played club for DFW T-Jack and the Schertz Jaguars.
Calvert will sit out during the 2015-16 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining with Kansas.
The Jayhawks begin their 2015-16 campaign with Late Night in the Phog, which is hosted along with Kansas men’s basketball, on Friday, Oct. 9, inside Allen Fieldhouse.
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