Forward Danielle Patterson seeking transfer from Notre Dame

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

For the first time in Danielle Patterson’s Notre Dame career, the 6-foot-2 forward had a clear path to significant playing time.

On Monday, the sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., announced via Twitter that she was entering the NCAA transfer portal with the intention of exiting the Irish women’s basketball roster for good. An ND spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed the impending transfer.

“It has been a privilege to wear Notre Dame across my chest,” Patterson tweeted. “An opportunity not everyone gets to experience, and I say THANK YOU to all the people at this university who have been a part of this journey.

“Best of luck moving forward. But the time has come for me to say goodbye and move toward the future. I can’t wait to see what it holds … #GodSpeed — DP #33”

Irish head coach Muffet McGraw was unavailable for comment.

Patterson averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds last season for the NCAA Tournament runners-up. She played in 33 of Notre Dame’s 38 games, averaging 12.5 minutes per game for a team that lost all five starters to the WNBA Draft.

Her departure leaves Notre Dame with only five scholarship returnees for next season, and only sophomore Mikayla Vaughn (6-3) and freshman Danielle Cosgrove standing taller than 5-foot-10.

Two touted freshmen, 6-2 forward Samantha Brunelle and 5-10 guard Anaya Peoples, arrive in June. Destinee Walker, a 5-10 guard, is taking a grad transfer to ND from North Carolina.

The other returnees are guards Abby Prohaska, Jordan Nixon — Patterson’s high school teammate at Mary Louis Academy — and Katlyn Gilbert, who missed all but seven games last season due to injury.

Forward Danielle Patterson (33) has announced she’ll seek a transfer from Notre Dame.