Boise State scoring leader Jade Loville transferring to ASU women's basketball
Boise State scoring leader Jade Loville is transferring to Arizona State women's basketball, joining a now four-player incoming class.
Loville, a 5-10 wing, averaged 17.1 points in 2020-21 as a junior at Boise State. She had 40-, 31- and 29-point games, shot 42.9% for the 14-9 Broncos and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Loville also considered Florida, Georgia Tech, California, Colorado and USC before settling on ASU and her native state.
"I was born in Arizona and spent my early years there, but my dad lives there so I spend summers with him and I kind of bounce back and forth between Seattle and Scottsdale. It's a full circle coming back. It was a big part of my decision. I'm so grateful I get to go back home and be in front of my family.
"They just have a great culture built. Talking to Charli (Turner Thorne) with my family, she's had such success and really leaving a legacy at Arizona State. To be part of that is a great thing for me and my family. Hopefully we can do some great things together."
Loville is ASU's second guard transfer, joining San Jose State's Ayzhiana Basallo, who committed in mid March and since has signed as has Loville. ASU's incoming freshmen are forward Meg Newman from Indiana and Australian guard Jade Melbourne. Also forward Jayde Van Hyfte, a 2019-20 starter, is returning after missing all but one game this season due to knee surgery.
ASU is losing five players including outgoing transfers Sydnei Caldwell and Eboni Walker and guard Iris Mbulito, who had shoulder surgery this week to repair an injury she played through for most of the season. Also guard Jamie Loera, who started most of this season, is not continuing her playing career due to injuries.
"She really solidifies our perimeter game for next year," Turner Thorne said of Loville. "I don't even think she's scratched the surface of what she can do as an offensive player or even a complete player. She has a real knack for putting the ball in the basket."
Loville was just 5-of-37 from 3-point this season although Turner Thorne said she is adept at hitting long two-pointers and can expand her shooting. "It's there for her to step out (to 3-point)," Turner Thorne said. "Another good off season will help her get more comfortable."
"I wanted to get some coaches that could help me develop my game further," Loville said. "Charli and her assistants are a great fit for that. Also just playing on a bigger stage and trying something new, getting out of Boise and going over to the sun."
Loville also averaged 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
"She can be a phenomenal defensive player and rebound much better than she has," said Turner Thorne, comparing Loville to a cross between recent Sun Devils Robbi Ryan and Kianna Ibis. "We really love her as a person and a basketball player. She's going to be a tremendous fit."
Loville's father Derek Loville was an NFL running back for nine seasons including on three Super Bowl championship teams.
"My dad's very athletic still to this day," she said. "Him mentoring me through this whole process ever since I was young has definitely molded me to become the athlete I am. His mindset and work ethic has been instilled in me from a young age."
Loville's school record 40-point game was Feb. 10 against UNLV. She scored 31 against San Jose State (before the Spartans canceled their season due to COVID-19) and 29 against Colorado State.
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