SEC, Pac-12 & Sun Belt grad transfers sign with Arkansas State women’s basketball

SEC, Pac-12 & Sun Belt grad transfers sign with Arkansas State women’s basketball
Auburn Tigers guard Keya Patton (1) shoots during during the game between Auburn and Georgia at Auburn Arena. (Source: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics)

A two-time NJCAA All-American and SEC veteran has signed on to join the Arkansas State women’s basketball program ahead of the 2021-22 season, as Keya Patton has signed with the Red Wolves after one season at Auburn.

Patton is the third transfer to join the Red Wolves, along with Devyn Lowe (South Alabama) and Ola Makurat (Utah). She averaged 22.5 minutes played in her lone season at Auburn, averaging 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds while shooting 32.7 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line. Patton appeared in 16 games, drawing eight starts for the Tigers and scored in double digits three times.

“The fact that Keya has 20 minutes per game experience in the SEC is huge,” head coach Matt Daniel said. “She knows what elite level basketball looks like. Keya is a three-level scoring athletic guard that will be so helpful to our versatility. I’m so happy to she was able to find a home here and be a part of our family.”

The Indianapolis, Indiana, native was arguably the top player in the NJCAA Division I during her two seasons at Wabash Valley College. As a sophomore, Patton averaged 20.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.9 steals en route to being named First Team All-American and earning both Region and Conference Player of the Year laurels. She also recorded 10 double-doubles and a triple-double while scoring over 1,000 points in her junior college career.

As a freshman, Patton averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, earning Third Team All-American honors. She shot 52.9 percent from the field, as well as 70.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Patton will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Makurat was a standout at Liberty prior to two seasons with the Utes.

“With her experience at Liberty and Utah, and having played in the NCAA Tournament, Ola provides experience and a championship mentality,” head coach Matt Daniel said. “Her ability to play inside and stretch the floor as well will be helpful on both ends.”

In her two seasons in Salt Lake City, Makurat played in 36 games (8 starts) and averaged 11.4 minutes per game. The Sierakowice, Poland, native averaged 3.3 points per game and 2.6 rebounds.

Prior to her time at Utah, Makurat was a key player at Liberty, averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds as a sophomore to help lead the Flames to a 2017-18 Big South regular-season and conference titles and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. As a freshman in 2016-17, Makurat played in all 30 games with 23 starts and was named to the Big South All-Freshman Team, averaging 6.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Makurat will be the second Polish standout on the A-State roster, joining Karolina Szydlowska. Like Szydlowska, Makurat spent time with the Poland National Teams, playing for the U-18 and U-20 squads. She is the older sister of Anna Makurat, who currently plays at national power UConn.

Lowe signed with the Red Wolves after playing three seasons at Sun Belt Conference counterpart South Alabama and has two years of eligibility remaining. She was the conference’s leader in three-point field goals made per game (2.0) and was third in the league in total treys made with a team-best 45. Lowe also finished third on the team in scoring in 2020-21, averaging 11.0 points per game for the Jaguars along with 2.9 rebounds.

“I have been able to watch Deyvn in our first two years in the league,” Daniel said. “I am excited to be able to coach her tenaciousness and IQ up-close and now in a Red Wolf uniform. She averaged 11 points in our league a year ago and hurt us in the conference tournament with 16.”

Hailing from Woodstock, Georgia, Lowe scored 20 or more points three times last season, including a team-best 24 at Appalachian State on January 16.

After redshirting her true freshman season in 2017-18, Lowe averaged 3.5 points in each of her first two years of action in 2018-19 and 2019-20 before improving drastically in her third season. She averaged 9.2 and 11.3 minutes played per game in her first two seasons, before playing 28.6 minutes per game in her third year and helping USA to a 13-13 mark.

She attended Wesleyan High School in Norcross, Georgia, as a freshman before playing her last three prep seasons at Woodstock High School. She helped the Wolverines to a 25-0 record in her sophomore campaign, swiping 111 steals and being named Region Player of the Year and Atlanta Journal-Constitution honorable mention All-Metro.

Lowe completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Alabama and is planning to pursue a master’s degree in mass communications at A-State.

Transfers Patton, Lowe and Makurat add to the six A-State signed in November – Leilani Augmon (San Jose, California), Kiayra Ellis (Shreveport, Louisiana), Lauryn Pendleton (Little Rock, Arkansas), Jade Upshaw (Sapulpa, Oklahoma), Mailyn Wilkerson (Houston, Texas) and Jada Williams (Union City, Tennessee).

“These additions to the six we signed in the early period, coupled with the hungry returners we have on our roster, have me excited about the brand of basketball we will be able to play moving forward,” Daniel concluded.

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