Former Hoop Hogs F Maryam Dauda joining coach Dawn Staley at national champion South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is adding Arkansas forward Maryam Dauda to its national championship roster.

Dauda, who is 6-foot-4, spent the past three seasons with the Razorbacks. She announced her commitment to the Gamecocks on social media Wednesday.

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Dauda, from Bentonville, Arkansas, started all 33 games at Arkansas this past season and led the team in field-goal percentage, blocks and offensive rebounds. That should be a strong fit for South Carolina and coach Dawn Staley, who’s team lost its biggest post presence and top scorer in 6-7 Kamilla Cardoso after finishing an undefeated, national title season.

Dauda came to Arkansas as a McDonald’s All-American, but missed her first year in 2021-22 because of injury. She averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds this past season.

Dauda joins a stacked front court at South Carolina, which includes 6-3 Ashlyn Watkins, 6-3 Sania Feagin and 6-2 Chloe Kitts, all who played big roles in their team’s 38-0 season.

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The Gamecocks also added 6-5 freshman Adele Tac, who joined the team in midseason this past year as she rehabbed a knee injury.

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