May 29, 2020
Delaware State lands Hartford grad transfer Lawrencia Moten
Moten is the latest transfer addition for head coach David Caputo, who guided the Hornets to their best season since 2008 this past year.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference logo printed on the court at Savannah State University in 2018. (Mitchell Northam / The Next)
Heading into his third season as head coach at Delaware State, David Caputo is continuing to build the Hornets into contenders for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference crown.
His squad got another boost Thursday when 6’3 Lawrencia Moten verbally committed to the Hornets as a graduate transfer from Hartford. Moten nor Delaware State have publicly announced the move yet, but a source close to situation confirmed to The Next that she is bound for the Dover, Delaware-based HBCU. She will be eligible to play immediately.
Moten did not appear in Hartford’s final four games this past season and is no longer listed on the Hawks’ roster. Hartford had one of the worst records in women’s college basketball last season, limping to a 1-28 record.
A versatile forward and a solid rim protector, Moten started in 15 of the 24 games she played in this past season for the Hawks, averaging 4.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per-game. She also led the team in blocks with 32 and knocked down three-of-six attempts from behind the arc.
Delaware State will be Moten’s fourth home in college basketball. A three-star recruit from Blairstown, New Jersey in the class of 2017, her previous stops include Buffalo and Chipola College of the NJCAA. Moten has also done some work as a sideline reporter.
Her father, Lawrence Moten, was a four-time All Big East selection at Syracuse and is the conference’s seventh all-time leading scorer. He spent three seasons in the NBA.
Moten is the latest transfer to land or become eligible at Delaware State this offseason. In April, the Hornets landed Kiana Coomber, who had previous stops at Loyola Chicago, Chipola College and Memphis, where she averaged 4.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per-game in 2018-19. Additionally, former Ole Miss guard Shannon Dozier – who featured in 31 games for the Rebels in 2018-19 – and 6’4 Winthrop grad transfer Uchechi Ufochukwu will be eligible for the Hornets this upcoming season.
The Hornets are also expected to bring back their two leading scorers from this past season in Sharajah Collins and Lyric Turner, who combined for 21.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per-game. Delaware State went 12-18 overall and 8-8 in MEAC play this past season, their best mark since 2008. They fell in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tournament. The Caputo-coached Hornets were also 13th in the nation in three-point defense and 38th in turnovers forced.
Turner, Coomber and Moten were all teammates together at Chipola College during the 2017-18 season.
Caputo brought in the MEAC’s top recruiting class in 2019 – according to ESPNW – and seems to have another strong group, bolstered by transfers, coming to Dover in 2020. The Hornets should be in a decent position to make a run at their first NCAA tournament berth since 2007 this coming season.
A source confirmed to The Next on Thursday morning that Syracuse’s Alisha Lewis has entered the transfer portal. A five-star recruit in the class of 2019, Lewis is a 5’7 guard that appeared in seven games for Quentin Hillsman’s Orange this past season. Lewis played at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, and was named Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017. She is the first Syracuse player to enter the portal this offseason.