Van Lith Enters Transfer Portal After Epic Elite Eight Clash with Clark

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Guard Hailey Van Lith of LSU women’s basketball decided not to enter the 2024 WNBA Draft in favor of using the transfer portal after her team’s hard-fought Elite Eight tournament loss to Iowa. 

Thanks to the COVID-19 waiver, Van Lith is still able to attend college for one more year even though she is not listed among the official list of college athletes eligible for the draft.

Van Lith made his choice, according to reports, following a lackluster showing against Clark in Monday’s Elite Eight match. 

LSU Guard Opts Out of WNBA Draft, Eyes Transfer Portal

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Guard Hailey Van Lith of LSU women’s basketball decided not to enter the 2024 WNBA Draft in favor of using the transfer portal after her team’s hard-fought Elite Eight tournament loss to Iowa

Assigned to the defensive position against Clark, she dominated the game, scoring an incredible 41 points, and helping the Hawkeyes win 94–87 to guarantee their trip in the Final Four. Van Lith and LSU found it difficult to stop her.

Van Lith began her collegiate basketball career at Louisville, where she was named to the first team of the ACC twice. 

The previous season, she transferred to LSU in search of fresh challenges and development chances. 

Under coach Kim Mulkey’s direction, Van Lith’s time at LSU has been concentrated on her professional and personal growth despite a change in her offensive position.

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Van Lith’s Journey Beyond the Court

Van Lith responded to criticism by stressing the value of putting one’s own wellbeing first and blocking out outside opinions. 

She talked about how she was able to put distractions aside and concentrate on having fun both on and off the court.

Van Lith’s decision to look into possibilities through the transfer portal rather than declare for the WNBA Draft signals the start of a new chapter in her basketball career, one that is motivated by self-improvement and a dedication to her own health. 

As she moves into the next stages of her career, Van Lith remains dedicated to developing both as a player and a person.

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