Courtesy of KU Athletics
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Brandon Schneider announced today the signing of three student-athletes who will join Kansas women’s basketball for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
The newest Jayhawks include a pair of Kansas natives returning to their home state, and one incoming freshman. Graduate transfer Ryan Cobbins is a guard/forward from Kansas City, Kansas, and comes to KU from Alabama after playing the first three seasons of her career at North Dakota State. Skyler Gill is a guard/forward from Wichita, Kansas, who joins the Jayhawks after two seasons at North Alabama, and Paris Gaines is a freshman center from Orlando, Florida, who will start her career in Lawrence.
“We are excited to be able add depth, length, and athleticism to our roster late in the summer. All three players have different skills sets but will add great value to our team.”
KANSAS COACH BRANDON SCHNEIDER
G/F, 6-0, S-Sr.-TR
Kansas City, Kan. (Alabama)
Notes: Has four years of college experience as she arrives at Kansas…Played the 2022-23 season at Alabama and appeared in 29 games, averaging 13.6 minutes per game…Scored a season-high 10 points against Auburn (Dec. 2) and had a season-best six rebounds against Ole Miss (Jan. 15)…Shot 87.5% from the free throw line and 31% from the three-point line during her season at Alabama…Started her career at North Dakota State, where she was coached by current KU assistant Morgan Paige during her freshman and sophomore seasons…Three-year starter at NDSU, where she averaged 10.5 points per game over 83 contests…Named All-Summit League Honorable Mention in 2020-21 after being selected to the Summit League All-Newcomer Team in 2019-20…Played for four years at Piper HS in Kansas City, graduating in 2019…Scored 1,243 points and grabbed 464 rebounds in her prep career…Four-time Kansas Class 4A All-State selection and helped her team to three medal finishes at the state tournament, including runner-up in 2019.
Coach Brandon on Ryan: “Ryan’s experience vs. high level competition, leadership, and versatility will allow her to make a seamless transition and immediate impact in our program.”
C, 6-3, Fr.-HS
Orlando, Fla. (Jones HS)
Notes: Played at the Class 5A level for Jones HS in Florida, graduating in 2022…Averaged 5.7 blocked shots per game her senior season…Totaled 10.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game over her final two seasons at the prep level…Played for West Orange club team at the Brazz Sports Elite Preseason Classic, where she was named a tournament all-star in 2019.
Coach Brandon on Paris: “We are thrilled to add a frontline player with Paris’s upside and potential. Her skill level, feel, and passing ability have really stood out in our late July practices.”
G/F, 5-11, Jr.-TR
Wichita, Kan. (North Alabama)
Notes: While at North Alabama, was a two-time ASUN Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2022, 2023) and All-ASUN Second Team selection…Named the ASUN Freshman of the Year in 2022, which also included a spot on the ASUN All-Freshman Team…Five times selected as the ASUN Freshman of the Week while earning the league’s Newcomer of the Week honor once…Started 52-of-53 games played at UNA, averaging 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game…Has totaled 161 blocked shots in 53 games for an average of 3.0 per game…Had nine double-doubles as a sophomore after seven during her freshman season… Led the ASUN in blocks in both seasons, finishing 11th nationally as a freshman and No. 9 in the country last season…Averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 38.4 percent from the field in her collegiate career…Scored a career-high 23 points during her sophomore season at No. 4 Ohio State (Nov. 27), and had a career-best 17 rebounds on two occasions as a freshman…Set the UNA single-season record for blocked shots during both of her years at the school…Played her prep career at Hardin County High School, where she helped her team to a pair of district titles, including a playoff run that included a regional championship, sub-state title and an appearance in the 3A Kansas State Final Four…Twice tabbed district and district tournament MVP… Named region MVP, all-state all-tournament and all-state.
Coach Brandon on Skyler: “Skyler’s accolades in the ASUN are extremely impressive. Her toughness, defensive mindset, and ability to rebound will bring instant value in a significant area of need for our team.”