The Canadian transfer comes to East Lansing with a wealth of international experience.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant announced that sophomore guard Shay Colley will transfer to MSU and will be eligible to play three seasons with the Spartans. Colley, a native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada will have to sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA rules.
“Shay comes to Michigan State with a wealth of experience, especially international experience, playing for Team Canada. She’s a strong powerful guard that makes everyone around her better. Shay is a triple-threat scorer that will make an immediate impact here as a Spartan,” Merchant said.
Colley was one of the nation’s top recruits in 2015. She gained experience last season as a freshman at South Carolina. Colley played in 11 games for the Gamecocks before transferring to Pittsburgh in January of 2016. She averaged 12.9 minutes per game, including helping South Carolina to a win over Ohio State in November.
She also honed her skills with a wealth of international experience. Overall, she spent four seasons with the Canadian National Team, competing at several levels. She assisted Team Canada to a second-place finish at the 2014 FIBA U18 Americas Championship by averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Her international experience was highlighted by a 21-point effort against USA in group play. Colley also played in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships and the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships, where Canada claimed the bronze medal.
The guard attended St. Edmund Campion Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, leading her squad to a pair of regional championships during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2014, she earned a gold medal in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA).
Colley is the daughter of Nicolette Stewart and has three brothers and three sisters.
Michigan State finished the 2015-16 season with a 25-9 record. Michigan State’s 25 wins are its most since the 2012-13 squad also won 25 games. In the nine years under head coach Suzy Merchant, the Spartans have won 25 or more games three times, winning 27 in 2010-11. Overall it is the fourth time in school history that MSU has won 25 games in a season, also doing so in 2004-05 when MSU won 33 games en route to the NCAA National Championship game. Michigan State made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance last season.