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Sayawni Lassiter Profile

(Updated June 2021)
Redshirt Freshman
Dorchester, Mass.
high school
Newton North High


  • 2019-20 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Third Team.
  • 2018-19 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Redshirt Junior Season (2020-21):

  • Became one of FSU’s most valuable players off the bench in the 2020-21 season.
  • Averaged 2.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 13 minutes.
  • Went 3-of-3 from long range and had nine points at Georgia Tech on Jan. 24.
  • Improved greatly on defense.
  • Played 10+ minutes in 10 games in 2020-21, including a stretch of nine of 10 games when FSU was undermanned due to injury.
  • Recorded three points and two rebounds at Louisville.
  • Tied career high with five rebounds at North Carolina.
  • Put up nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and a steal at Miami.
  • Balanced her hectic basketball schedule while emerging as one of Northwestern Mutual’s top interns in 2020-21.
  • Earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in the Spring 2021.
  • Transferred to Rutgers in the Spring 2021.

Redshirt Sophomore Season (2019-20):*

  • Missed the 2019-20 season due to a knee injury.


Redshirt Freshman Season (2018-19):

• Played in 27 games off the bench, averaging 13.0 minutes per game.
• Had four games with 20+ minutes played (career-high 24 minutes vs. NC State on Feb. 7).
• Averaged 2.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and shot 80 percent (20-of-25) from the free throw line.
• Posted a strong 1.4 assist/turnover ratio with some ball-handling duties off the bench.
• Career-high five rebounds in NCAA First Round game vs. Bucknell.
• Four points and four boards vs. No. 9 NC State.
• Added a career-best six assists vs. Wake Forest.
• Career-high 11 points, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line, in win vs. Miami.
• Recorded seven points and three assists at Boston College.
• Totaled seven points in 18 minutes vs. Georgia State.
• Drilled three 3-pointers in win over Penn State.
• Scored first career points in big win over No. 12/14 Iowa, adding five points.
• Made her collegiate debut vs. LSU, playing 15 minutes off the bench.
• Missed the first four games of the season due to a hand injury.

Freshman Season (2017-18):

• Sat out her entire freshman season to rehab from a season-ending knee injury sustained during off-season workouts in September 2017.
• Resumed to full speed after a rigorous rehab in the spring 2018.
• Handled back-up point guard duties in August 2017 during Florida State’s Foreign Tour to Italy and Spain, impressing with her ability to distribute.
• Learned behind redshirt senior point guard and Nancy Lieberman Award Top 10 Watch List member AJ Alix in the 2017-18 year.

At Newton North High School:

  • Talented play-maker who showed off strong leadership, great floor vision and good long-range scoring at the prep level.
  • Becomes the second Massachusetts native to suit up for Florida State, joining former guard Michelle Frank (1993-94) of Sandwich, Mass.
  • One of four Massachusetts natives named as a McDonald’s All-American Game nominee.
  • Rated 19th among point guards in the 2017 class by ESPNW Hoopgurlz, earning strong reviews for her ability to excel in the up-tempo game.
  • Poured in 1,023 points in three seasons at Newton North.
  • Averaged 20.7 points per game while leading Newton North to the Division I State Tournament as a junior in 2015-16.
  • Recorded 20 points per game as a senior while being named the Bay State MVP.
  • Led her team to the Division I South Quarterfinals as a senior, contributing 31 points in a season-ending loss to Newton South.
  • Uses her body well to draw contact and can also win 1-on-1 matchups on the offensive end with her knack for creating space.
  • Played for the Boston Showstoppers AAU squad. Her Uncle Clinton was her AAU Coach, while her older sister Ednaija is a sophomore guard at Rhode Island.
  • Began playing basketball in third grade as a member of her uncle’s AAU team, crediting him for her development while owing it to her sister for introducing her to the game. She has played alongside her older sister Ednaija ever since.
  • The 5-foot-10 player has impressed colleges with being able to finish consistently in traffic, attack the basket and rebound well from the guard position.
  • Lassiter is rated as a four-star player via Prospects Nation.
  • Battled back from a season-ending knee injury as a freshman to enjoy an outstanding high school career despite missing her sophomore season.
  • Received approximately 40 collegiate offers before deciding on Florida State, signing her National Letter of Intent on Nov. 11, 2016.
  • Named to the Boston Globe Girls Basketball All-Scholastics five-member Dream Team as a senior.

All About Me:

  • Born: June 16, 1999.
  • Parents: Natasha Lassiter and James Coakley.
  • Major: Finance
  • Nickname: Say Say
  • What are some of the things you try to do outside of playing basketball? Grow my financial portfolio, figure out things for my future, hang out with teammates, play spades.
  • Who is someone you really look up to and why? My Grandmother. She was a fighter and was always there for her loved ones when they needed her most and she was a great person.
  • What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know about you? I was on the math team in 7th and 8th grade.
  • What is your pre-game routine before getting ready for a game? I eat the same thing every time and I always take a nap.
  • What has the year 2020 taught you? There’s always a way to make money.
  • What does being part of the Florida State Women’s Basketball family mean to you? It means that I always have people there for me and a family outside of my family.
  • How did you know that choosing to be a Seminole was the right decision for you? It always felt right and I’ve never looked back.
  • What current song is your favorite and what throwback song is your favorite? 5% tints by Rod Wave & Thats How You Like It by Beyonce.
  • What goals and ambitions do you have for yourself after you graduate? Bring in $150k.
  • What’s the hardest experience you’ve been through in your life? Having to fight back after all my injuries.