Hailey Van Lith is in the transfer portal.
And while the 21-year-old guard has marked herself as “do not contact,” which likely means she has a destination in mind, it doesn’t hurt to dream about where she might land.
Here are a few possible destinations for the former Louisville star.
Fresh off of a championship run, LSU doesn’t have a lot of holes in its roster. But with guard Alexis Morris off to the WNBA, Van Lith could fill one of the limited spots available.
Add to that the fact that Van Lith’s final two choices out of high school were LSU and Baylor, back when Kim Mulkey was still with the Bears. She’s at LSU now, which could make the Tigers a front-runner for Van Lith.
Again, before she decided on Louisville, Van Lith had narrowed her options to the Bears and the Cardinals.
While Mulkey is now at LSU, Baylor’s Nicki Collen has proven herself just as a big draw to Waco, Texas. The team has added Aijha Blackwell through the transfer portal this season and could be a sleeper pick for Van Lith.
Iowa has a big hole to fill now that veteran presence Monika Czinano is off to the WNBA, a hole that Van Lith could help fill. That, and Van Lith and superstar Caitlin Clark are not strangers to one another, having played together on Team USA multiple times throughout high school and college.
In conversations about the top transfers in the portal, the Gamecocks will always be in the mix, particularly given Dawn Staley’s ability to develop guards. Van Lith would get to learn from one of the best.
Not to mention, South Carolina has proved itself as a perennial title contender. So if Van Lith is looking for a championship, South Carolina may be one of the best landing spots.
Despite a down year last year, Washington is no stranger to college stars. Look no further than Kelsey Plum.
And there’s the added fact that the Huskies are close to home for Van Lith, who grew up in Wenatchee, Washington.