Sharon Versyp said her women's basketball program didn't need transfers to boost its roster, but she wasn't going to turn away a pair of talented athletes. Purdue added two transfers in the last six weeks: Drey Mingo and Antionette Howard. Mingo played two years at Maryland, and Howard played one-and-a-half seasons at Florida State.
Both were initially recruited by Purdue. Howard's final choices were Florida State and the Boilermakers.
"I wouldn't take transfers I didn't know," Versyp said Tuesday while in Fort Wayne at the Bogey Buster golf event. "That's how I am. I have to really get to know them well in order to bring them in. Obviously, we recruited them for a long time."
Though Versyp wished both would have said "yes" to the Boilermakers out of high school, she's still happy both players eventually wound up on the roster.
"I think that just shows you how we treat young student-athletes," Versyp said Tuesday while in Fort Wayne for the Bogey Buster Golf Outing. "We build great relationships and want them to be successful, no matter where they go. We were fortunate they came back to us.
"It's very rewarding. I think they see it probably even more in a different light than the kids you actually have on the team. They're coming back and getting a second chance. They're going to do everything we say because we only get them a couple years."
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Mingo and Howard will have to sit out a season before they can compete. They'll be eligible in 2010-11.
Both should help the program immediately.
Mingo, a 6-foot-2 forward and a McDonald's All-American in high school, played in 33 of 35 games for the Terrapins last season. She averaged about 4 points per and 2 rebounds per game.
Howard, a 5-11 guard, averaged 5 points and 2.8 rebounds as a freshman at Florida State. She played in only one game as a sophomore before leaving to attend Kennesaw State to earn transfer credits. Howard was Georgia Class 5A Player of the Year in 2007 after averaging 15.3 points and 7.9 rebounds.