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Nevada's former top scorer, Essence Booker, transferring to UNLV after year at Ball State

Essence Booker
Essence Booker is transferring from Ball State to UNLV. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Essence Booker, who led Nevada in scoring in 2019-20 before transferring to Ball State, is on the move again and will play for UNLV next season.

Booker, who is originally from Las Vegas, spent two seasons at Nevada from 2018-20. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged a team-high 12.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game as a sophomore for the Wolf Pack in 2019-20. She made 37.7 percent of her shots from the field, including 35.8 percent from three and was named All-Mountain West honorable mention.

But Booker transferred after that season and signed with Ball State, where she played last season. In 13 games (eight starts), Booker averaged 10.9 points per game on 36.7 percent shooting, including 30.8 percent from three. Booker has two seasons of eligibility remaining plus a redshirt year, which she may have to use next season under NCAA transfer rules.

Booker played for Spring Valley High in Las Vegas where she averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.3 steals per game. She was also a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee.

UNLV finished second in the Mountain West last season at 15-9 overall and 13-5 in conference play under first-year coach Lindy LaRocque, who was named the conference's coach of the year. UNLV has had seven players enter the NCAA transfer portal this offseason.

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