NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball has added a former McDonald’s All-American to the program with the announcement Thursday that Jordyn Oliver has signed a grant-in-aid with the school.
Oliver, who has been a member of the program at Duke the last two seasons, will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“The first time I spoke with Jordyn, I could tell Vanderbilt was the right place for her and that we were the right people to guide her. She is bright and competitive and comes from a great family,” said Commodore head coach Shea Ralph. “She’s a veteran player, an SEC athlete, and incredibly versatile. J.O. will make an immediate impact in all aspects of our program—on and off the court—and in the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.”
Oliver played in all 33 contests for the Blue Devils last season—earning seven starts—and averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as Duke finished 26-7 overall and 14-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the way to a first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament. The 5-foot-10 guard was credited with 63 assists, 31 steals and nine blocks while recording a 1.66 assist-to-turnover ratio in her first season in action with the program; she sat out the 2021-22 campaign as a redshirt due to injury.
She began her collegiate career at Baylor, playing in 48 games over two seasons while helping the Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Oliver had averages of 2.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing—including a 2.33 assist-to-turnover ratio—as a freshman, then posted 4.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game the following season highlighted by a 14-point performance in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Her efforts helped Baylor advance to the Elite Eight before finishing the season with a 28-3 mark when she was a sophomore.
Originally from Prosper, Texas, Oliver was a McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic All-American, also earning honorable mention Naismith Trophy National High School All-America recognition, coming out of Prosper High School. She averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior to be named the USA Today state player of the year and first-team all-state, capping a career that saw her earn all-state recognition all four seasons during her prep career. After scoring more than 2,000 points in high school, Oliver was considered a five-star recruit and was rated among the top five recruits at her position and top 15 overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz.