BYU Cougars' Shaylee Gonzales, the WCC women's basketball player of the year, enters transfer portal

Shaylee Gonzales, the women's basketball player of the year in the West Coast Conference for BYU, has entered the transfer portal.

Gonzales helped the Cougars to a 26-4 record this past season as the school fell to Villanova in the NCAA tournament's first round. The 5-foot-10 guard from Gilbert, Arizona, averaged 18.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

Gonzales was the WCC co-player of the year for 2020-21, when she averaged 17.8 points per game. In her freshman season, 2018-19, Gonzales averaged 17.0 points. She sat out the 2019-20 season with a knee injury.

Gonzales is expected to be sought after by several top programs. Because of the blanket eligibility waiver for 2020-21, she has two seasons of eligibility left.

Typically, student-athletes from fall and winter sports have until May 1 to enter the transfer portal and still be eligible for the next season. However, there can be an exception because of a head coach change made after May 1. Longtime BYU coach Jeff Judkins stepped down in April, but he wasn't replaced until May 18 by Amber Whiting, a former BYU player.