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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

Aya Traore

[Aya Traore]
 CLASS OF: 2003
 SCHOOL: Louisville Moore HS, KY
 SCHOOL: Dixie State JC, UT
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'2
 POSITION: Forward
 02-03 RATINGS:
 ACADEMICS: Qualified
 STATUS: Signed to Purdue
 PRONUNCIATION: EYE-ah tray-OAR-ee


BIO | PHOTOS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS

PLAYER BIO

Aya Traore has a lengthy basketball resume, not limited to being a Kentucky All-Star, playing for the African Junior National team, and named a junior college All-American. The 6'2 small forward is an athlete with range, continuing the trend of more athletic players on the Boilermaker roster.

Traore averaged 21.3 points as a junior college sophomore, ranking sixth among Division I junior college players. She also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game, shooting 54.1 percent from the field, 71.9 percent from the free throw line, and 34.3 percent from the perimeter. Traore scored a season-high 33 points against Utah Valley State, a season-high 10 rebounds against Eastern Utah, and a season-high 10 steals against Southern Nevada. She led her team in field goal percentage (.541), field goal attempts per game (15.4), field goals made (8.3), free throw attempts per game (5.1), free throws made (3.7), points per game (21.3), assists per game (3.3), steals per game (2.5), blocked shots per game (1.0), turnovers per game (5.0), offensive rebounds per game (2.3), and minutes played (27.6). The Lady Rebels finished the season with a 28-7 record and went 1-2 in the 2003 national championship tournament.

As a freshman, Traore averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the 27-6 Lady Rebels. She had a season-high 36 points in her first junior college game vs. Panola, and a season-high 13 rebounds vs. Utah Valley State. She shot 45.5 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from the line and 26.8 percent from the perimeter on 71 attempts. Aya led her team in field goal attempts per game (11.5), field goals made per game (5.2), assists per game (3.1) and turnovers per game (4.3).

Aya Traore made an oral commitment on 4/11/2003, chosing Purdue over offers from Georgia, Michigan State, Old Dominion, San Diego State, and Louisiana Tech. She plans to major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, a program Purdue ranks the best in the nation. Aya has a younger sister, Awa, who will join Dixie JC for the 2003-04 season. Awa is a 6'0 forward.


PLAYER PHOTOS

  • Jump shot over defenders [The Spectrum]


    SCOUTING REPORTS

    Head coach Kristy Curry..."Aya is a perimeter player with great size, athleticism and long-range shooting ability. She is a complement to the players already in our program, but I believe that she will have the chance to make an impact for us. On top of her talent, she is a quality person and has a great work ethic." (April 18, 2003)

    Dixie State assistant coach Ann Esplin..."She's an inside-outside type player. She's big and she's thick. She's a strong girl. The thing with her, she'll find a place to play. I can see her playing on the other side of Shereka (Wright), and if that's the case, they'll be unstoppable." (April 13, 2003 - Journal and Courier)


    LINKS
  • 2001 Executive Inn All-Star Classic [PrepHoops]
  • Kentucky Girls triumph, 80-65 [Cincinnati Enquirer]


    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2002→2003 27.6 21.3 .541 .719 .343 5.9 3.3 1.1 2.5 28-7
    2001→2002 19.5 12.3 .455 .667 .268 5.2 3.1 1.0 2.0 27-6



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    02-03 season
  • NJCAA All-American second team
  • NJCAA All-Tournament team
  • SWAC tournament MVP
  • All-SWAC first team
    02-03 season
  • All-SWAC first team


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