Nelly Perry leaving Clemson for South Carolina as graduate transfer

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Clemson leading scorer Nelly Perry is changing sides in the Palmetto State's biggest sports rivalry.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley announced that Perry is joining the Gamecocks as a graduate transfer. Perry had led the Tigers with 12.7 points per game in 2016-17, but missed last season with a shoulder injury. Perry, a 5-foot-10 guard, decided to leave Clemson after coach Audra Smith was let go in March.

Smith is a friend, ex-Virginia teammate and one-time roommate of Staley.

Staley says Perry is an impact player "who will bring a wealth of experience" to South Carolina.

Perry averaged 14.3 points per game as a sophomore in 2015-16. She bolsters a backcourt that lost Bianca Cuevas-Moore and Victoria Patrick to transfers and this year's grad transfer Lindsey Spann.