NCAA Roundup: Arizona adds two, Iowa signs Ramos

The last 24 hours have given Arizona fans plenty to talk about as the summer break continues.

On Monday, Dominique McBryde officially revealed Arizona as her new destination after transferring from Purdue.

McBryde will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. She has two years of eligibility remaining.

In her sophomore season at Purdue, McBryde averaged 6.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She was the team leader in rebounds for the Boilermakers, and her performance garnered an All-Big Ten honorable mention from the coaches.

Another addition for the Wildcats was revealed on Tuesday, when 6-3 Italian forward Valeria Trucco officially joined the program. Trucco joins Cate Reese among Arizona’s recent additions to their 2018 recruiting class.

The pair of signings are the latest development in a significant roster overhaul for Arizona, where head coach Adia Barnes is preparing for her second season at the helm. Only six players from last year’s team are currently listed on the roster, and they will be joined by a bevy of freshmen and three transfers. The integration process will be key for Arizona, a school that hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010-11.

Elsewhere, Iowa announced the signing of Paula Valiño Ramos on Tuesday.

“Paula comes from Spain and will bring us depth in the post position. She is an exceptional student as well,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said in a statement published by the school.

Valiño Ramos brings plenty of international experience. She was on Spain’s U16 team that finished fourth in the 2015 FIBA European Championship, and she played for Bovina High School in Texas as a foreign exchange student in her junior year.

Scoring and rebounding are strengths for Valiño Ramos, which could make her a solid complement to Megan Gustafson, who led the Hawkeyes in both categories last season.

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