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Former South Carolina Gamecocks guard Saniya Rivers transferring to NC State Wolfpack

Former Gatorade national player of the year and South Carolina guard Saniya Rivers is transferring to NC State, she announced on social media Thursday.

The 6-foot-1 rising sophomore from Wilmington, North Carolina, will return to her home state to play for Wolfpack coach Wes Moore, who's reloading his program after losing four starters from last season.

Rivers was the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2021, per ESPN HoopGurlz, and one of four top-15 commits for the Gamecocks that made up the top-ranked recruiting class in the country that cycle.

A three-time Gatorade North Carolina player of the year who averaged 36.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.3 steals per game her senior season, Rivers played the third most of any South Carolina reserve, averaging 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.0 minutes while making 27 appearances. She played a combined 25 minutes in the national semifinal and championship games in Minneapolis, where the Gamecocks took home their second national title in five tournaments.

Coming off three straight ACC tournament titles and an appearance in the Elite Eight, NC State returns Jakia Brown-Turner, its sole remaining starter from last season, and ACC Sixth Player of the Year Diamond Johnson, while also adding transfers Mimi Collins, a forward from Maryland, and River Baldwin, a center from Florida State.

Moore has had notable success bringing in transfers in the past, with Perez (Northern Arizona and Cal State Fullerton) and Johnson (Rutgers) securing meaningful roles after arriving in Raleigh from previous stops.

Wolfpack starters Elissa Cunane, Raina Perez and Kayla Jones all declared for the WNBA draft following the season, while Kai Crutchfield exhausted her eligibility.