CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s basketball head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton announced today (May 4) the signing of Casey Valenti-Paea (Melbourne, Australia), who will join the Cavaliers for the upcoming 2024-25 season.

“I’m very excited about the addition of Casey to our program,” said Agugua-Hamilton. “Casey is going to enhance our culture and on-court play. She is an athletic, versatile guard who can score and defend. Casey can also shoot the 3 at a high clip and get in the paint to create for herself and others. She adds depth to our guard play. Wahoo Nation, you are going to love her.”

Valenti-Paea started in 32 games at Long Beach State in 2023-24, where she averaged 9.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Valenti-Paea also shot 42.8 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from 3-point range. At the free throw line, she sunk 84.9 percent of her attempts last season. Valenti-Paea scored in double figures in 17 games in 2023-24.

Prior to competing at LBSU, Valenti-Paea spent the previous two seasons at Buffalo from 2020-22.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Valenti-Paea played for Maribrynong College and for the Craigieburn Eagles, and was a top-20 prospect in her class. She led Team Australia to a gold medal at the 3×3 Asia Cup and represented Victoria at the Australian Junior National Championships on multiple occasions. She was also tabbed MVP of the Victorian Championship Classics Tournament.