Former Terp Kiah Gillespie transfers to Florida State

Former Maryland forward Kiah Gillespie announced Monday on Twitter she will transfer to Florida State.

Gillespie, along with freshmen Destiny Slocum and Jenn Staiti, announced April 4 that she would transfer from the program.

“I would like to thank Coach Frese, the staff, my teammates and the Maryland fans for the opportunity to win 90 percent of our games and two back-to-back Big Ten Championships,” Gillespie said in the April press release.

“During these past two years, I have learned so much and developed great bonds that go beyond basketball. I truly feel blessed to have had this opportunity. It pains me to leave, but I feel that it is best for me and my future to do it at this time.”

The sophomore from Meriden, Connecticut appeared in 32 games for the Terps this season, averaging 9.0 minutes, 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Gillespie saw a slight drop in playing time from her freshman season when she averaged 10.1 minutes while scoring 5.1 points per game.

With Gillespie making the move even further down the East Coast to Tallahassee, Florida, it’s clear that distance from home was not the reason for her departure. The 6-foot-2 forward could be looking for more playing time, but she will first have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules. However, she will have two seasons of eligibility at Florida State beginning in the 2018-19 season.

“I choose FSU because of the people and the atmosphere,” Gillespie said. “I love the coaches, the players and the campus.  They’re all so genuine and really welcomed me with open arms.”

The only two true forwards projected to be on the Seminoles roster when Gillespie becomes eligible are sophomore Maria Conde and freshman Iho Lopez. Conde averaged 15.6 minutes and 3.3 points per game this season, while Lopez has four years of eligibility remaining after redshirting this year.

Gillespie is the second player who will join the Seminoles in the 2018-19 season, the other being class of 2018 guard Kourtney Weber, who is verbally committed to Florida State. Weber is the 28th-ranked player in the class. Gillespie was the 25th-ranked player in the Class of 2015.
Florida State finished 28-7 overall this season and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles made a run to the Elite 8 before being eliminated by eventual national champions South Carolina. With a guard-heavy roster, Gillespie could see key minutes for head coach Sue Semrau.  

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Connor is a journalism major from Fallston, Maryland. Aside from TLB, he has also worked for Maryland Baseball Network, WMUC Sports and Fish Stripes on SB Nation. It is said that he will never be truly happy until the Orioles win a World Series in his lifetime. He reminds you to never bunt.