Indiana transfer Bendu Yeaney will get to play two seasons for the Arizona Wildcats instead of one. Sources say she recently received a hardship waiver for her junior season after she only appeared in six games for the Hoosiers due to injury.
Arizona is still waiting to hear from the NCAA if Yeaney can play in 2020-21 or if she has to sit out the season due to transfer rules.
“If she can play, she’s a tremendous athlete, a great defender, very strong,” Arizona head coach Adia Barnes said in May. “I mean, her next to Aari (McDonald), Shaina (Pellington), Sam (Thomas), we would be extremely athletic and explosive. But then if she has to sit out, she has a year in our system, Aari’s leaving, she kind of fills in a spot.”
Barnes also said in the spring that it’s possible Yeaney redshirts even if she receives a waiver to play immediately. She tore her Achilles in the final game of Indiana’s 2018-19 campaign, causing her to be extremely limited in 2019-20 before she left the program.
“I think that for her the main thing is she has to get healthy because she’s recovering from an Achilles injury,” Barnes said. “If she could play, that’d be great. But if she’s not 100 percent, I don’t want her to waste a year playing.”
Known for her defense, Yeaney averaged 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 76 career games at Indiana, including 69 starts.
Arizona is listing the Portland, Oregon native as a 5-foot-10 guard. She will wear No. 23 for the Wildcats after wearing No. 1 for the Hoosiers.