Transfers set to bolster GSU roster

Randall Hampton

The Georgia Southern University women’s basketball head coach Chris Vozab is hitting the recruiting trail hard, and her efforts have snared two skilled post players ready to contribute to Eagle Nation.

Rising senior Kelsey Corcoran and rising sophomore Patrice Butler will both have to sit out the upcoming season because of the NCAA transfer rules, but Vozab believes that their additions coupled with the fact that rising junior forward Briana Jones will get on the floor can solve the Eagles rebounding woes.

“We’re excited about adding two high-character student-athletes to our roster,” Vozab said in a news release. “Both Patrice and Kelsey embody the inherent values of our program and will bring an added dimension of athleticism, physicality and toughness to our team.”

Vozab’s first season as head coach saw GSU go 8-23 as she worked on changing the culture around the team and installing her offensive system.

“One of the things we want to run is a high-low motion offense, and we started to implement it this year.  This year due to injuries and whatnot we didn’t have a whole lot of depth inside, so we ended up running a lot of quick hitters that kind of flowed into our offense,” Vozab said.

“Patrice Butler, she played for Furman, and she actually had a double-double against us. We struggled with stopping her this year. She came available, and we were able to get to know her.  She’s got great hands and feet and just a strong, strong physical body,” Vozab said.

Corcoran, a 6’2 forward from Middletown Va., will be wearing true blue for the Eagles after spending time at Utah State. Corcoran played three seasons at Skyline High School in Front Royal, Va., where she averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds a game.

“I actually recruited her out of high school when I was an assistant coach and got to know her then.  She is a really good screen setter, rebounder and ambidextrous around the basket,” Vozab said.

Vozab believes both Corcoran and Butler will fit in well with the culture she has established with the team after her first season.