Dismissed Oregon star lands at Kentucky

A star guard who led Oregon in scoring before being dismissed in November has enrolled at Kentucky, according to her Twitter account.

At around 1 p.m. on Friday, Chrishae Rowe tweeted the word “official” with a picture of her new UK student ID. The 5-foot-8 guard would be eligible next season. A Kentucky official confirmed that she has been admitted.

The Corona, Calif., native led the Ducks in scoring last season, averaging 21.6 points a game, setting a new school record for most points scored in a game with 41. She led the NCAA in scoring among freshmen last season.

Rowe’s 690 points last season were just four points shy of breaking a 30-year-old record for scoring in a season.

On Nov. 7, first-year Oregon Coach Kelly Graves announced that he was dismissing the guard for an unspecified violation of team rules, saying in a release: “Our mission is to create something great here at the University of Oregon and our players need to buy in to all aspects of that mission. Our team culture, long-term, is more important than wins and losses short-term.”

He later confirmed to several media outlets that Rowe did nothing unlawful and that she as still enrolled at Oregon and that he didn’t know where she planned to attend school after December.

Graves told the Daily Emerald, the Oregon student newspaper, that he was unable to address the violation of team rules directly.

“We’re trying to establish a culture here, the kind of culture that we use to build a successful program, and she was just doing some things that wouldn’t allow for that to happen and so I just thought it was best for both parties,” the coach said.

“We have a certain list of things that we don’t allow and when people don’t adhere to those, then choices and decisions have to be made. That’s what we made today.”

Rowe was rated the No. 67 player overall in the class of 2013 by ESPN.com and the No. 17 guard.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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