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Kamilla Cardoso is going to South Carolina.

The ACC Freshman of the Year is leaving Syracuse to join the SEC champion Gamecocks for the 2021-22 season.

As a freshman for the Orange, Cardoso averaged 13.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game, earning several prestigious honors like ACC Co-Defender of the Year.

Cardoso is part of an unprecedented postseason mass exodus from Syracuse that saw 12 players enter the transfer portal.

Speculation has circulated that conflict between coaches and players over COVID-19 protocols played a role in the high roster turnover.

Per the NCAA’s change in eligibility rules because of the pandemic, Cardoso will have up to four years of eligibility remaining upon signing with South Carolina.

The Brazilian center will be joining an already loaded Gamecocks roster.

Eleven players from last year’s team, which made a Final Four run in the NCAA Tournament, return to South Carolina next season. Gamecocks head coach Dawn Stanley will also welcome a top-ranked freshman recruiting class to her dominant lineup.

With Cardoso adding to that depth of talent, the team will be a heavy championship favorite in 2021-22.