Boyd will miss her last high school season because of a knee injury and is preparing to enroll early at Tennessee during the winter semester break, according to the report. The four-star guard from Las Vegas is the only player currently signed in Tennessee’s 2024 class.
The 5-foot-9 combo guard committed to the Lady Vols in April on her official visit. She is ranked No. 35 in the 2024 class, according to ESPN. She was named the 2023 Max Preps Nevada Player of the Year for girls high school basketball after leading Centennial High School to an eighth straight state title.
She averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game her junior season playing at point guard. Boyd was also voted Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kaniya Boyd to our Lady Vol family,” Tennessee coach Kellie Harper said on signing day. “She is a very talented guard who can handle the ball, run the offense, create opportunities for herself and can set others up as well. In addition to those physical attributes, I would describe Kaniya as a player who is tough, competitive, fearless and, simply put, a winner.”
Boyd will be a welcome addition next season alongside South Carolina transfer guard Talaysia Cooper, who had to sit out this season because she transferred outside the NCAA window.
She is as an excellent facilitator and passer, but she’s also a scorer who can get to the rim and finish and shoot. Boyd uses her athleticism to be active on defense and has a knack for steals and getting out in transition.
Boyd is a crucial addition for Tennessee after not signing a 2023 recruiting class. Harper still has a chance to add to the 2024 class with five-star prospect Mikayla Blakes, who did not commit in the early signing period. Blakes, a 6-foot guard from Rutgers Prep, is ranked No. 10 in the class and had the Lady Vols among her top seven schools. Blakes took an official visit to Tennessee in October.
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