ATLANTA (June 25) - Kyra Crosby, a starting forward at Alabama and former junior college All-America pick, will transfer to Georgia State for her final season as announced by head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. Per NCAA rules, Crosby will sit out this 2012-13 season, and will have one year of eligibility remaining when she joins the active roster in 2013-14 when GSU begins its competition in the Sun Belt Conference.
Crosby, a 6-foot-1 forward, started 15 of the 23 games she played last year at Alabama after she came back from an injury that caused her to miss eight of the team's first 11 games. She came on strong to average 9.1 points per game, while grabbing 4.3 rebounds as she played in all 16 SEC games with the Crimson Tide.
An Atlanta native, Crosby was an All-State player at McEachern High in Powder Springs for Coach Phyllis Arthur.
Crosby had 12 double-figure scoring games last year, including 15 points against Tennessee, 14 points versus No. 6 Kentucky, as well as 14 vs. Ole Miss, Florida and Arkansas. She had a double-double game against South Carolina with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Crosby also had 19 blocked shots on the season, topped by three against Tennessee.
"Being able to bring in a player of Kyra's caliber will be a tremendous addition to our program and give her a chance to finish her impressive career in her hometown," commented head coach Baldwin-Tener. "Kyra is a strong and athletic post player that will thrive in our up-tempo game at Georgia State. She is aggressive and a strong force on both offense and defense."
At Gulf Coast Community College, Crosby was named to the 2011 State Farm/WBCA All-America team after scoring 19.5 points per game and grabbing 8.5 rebounds in 2010-11. Crosby had one triple double game (29 points, 30 rebounds, 10 steals) and produced five double-double games. She had a top game of 37 points in leading Gulf Coast CC to a 35-1 mark and NJCAA national championship. She was rated the No. 1 junior college player in the nation by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
At McEachern High in metro Atlanta, she was an adidas All-American and had signed with West Virginia before going on to junior college. Her McEachern teams won 60 games over her final three seasons.
Crosby will become the eighth newest addition to the Georgia State class. Previously signing were a trio of junior college standouts and a pair of high school seniors, while All-CAA guard Alisha Andrews transferred from UNCW and freshman guard Ashlee Cole changed her NLI from High Point after that coach left. Six-foot-two Maryam Dogo was No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in rebounding and No. 5 in scoring, guard Kesheria McNeil was the No. 10 scorer in NJCAA basketball, and guard Kayla Dayton was in the Top 15 in the NJCAA in three-point field goals made and in percentage. Six-foot Morgan Jackson was a second-team All-State pick at East Hall High in Gainesville, while guard Gaby Moss was a top scorer and three-point shooter in metro Washington, D.C. at T.C. Williams High.