Kirsten “KK” Deans isn’t going to stick around Morgantown to find out who WVU’s new women’s basketball coach will be. A source familiar with the situation told WV Sports Now that Deans has indeed entered the transfer portal.
Deans is no longer listed on WVU’s online roster.
The junior guard confirmed her intent to leave the Mountaineers in an Instagram post, saying: “As graduation approaches, I am flooded with so many mixed emotions. My heartfelt thanks go to Mountaineer Nation as your support of WVU athletes is priceless… I have played with some amazing teammates that I can truly call friends and the lessons learned during this season of my life will forever be a part of me.”
Deans played in just 18 games this season before a knee injury sidelined her for the remainder of the year. But she started in every one of those games, and when the season ended she was still the Mountaineers’ leading scorer at 14.5 points per-game. For her efforts, Deans was named as an honorable mention on the All-Big 12 team.
A 5-foot-8 native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Deans was also an All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore and freshman, garnering another honorable mention nod and a spot on the All-Rookie team.
Tabbed as a five-star prospect in the 2019 class, she was ranked as the 51st-best recruit in the country by ESPN. She also had offers from East Carolina, Charlotte, Elon, Wisconsin and Georgia State, among others.
Deans was having a her best collegiate season before her injury, as her points per-game were a career-high.
Across her career at West Virginia – 74 games, 46 starts – Deans averaged 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per-game while shooting 41% from the floor, 34.8% from three-point range, and 82.6% from the charity stripe.
Deans had arguably her best game of her career as a sophomore when she tallied 30 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a win at Texas.
The latest WVU player in the transfer portal, Deans joins Kari Niblack and Jeanna Cunningham as players leaving Morgantown early.
West Virginia is still in its search for a new head women’s basketball coach, following Mike Carey’s retirement last week.
Deans has two years of eligibility left.