Commitments, decommitments, unofficial and official visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Alex Scruggs, 5-9 G, E. E. Smith HS (Fayetteville, NC): committed to Wake Forest, over Georgia Tech, Clemson, Yale, and Virginia.
Scruggs fielded a slew of Division I offers, and though she didn’t publicly narrow down her choices to a shortlist before making her commitment, she now says she seriously considered Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Yale and Virginia.
Ultimately, the school’s close proximity to Fayetteville and its sports medicine program tipped the scales for Scruggs.
“It’s a good place for what I want to do,” she said. “Wake Forest felt right.”
Gabby Gregory, 6-0 W, Holland Hall HS (Tulsa, OK), committed to Oklahoma, over Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas State, and Missouri.
“It has been my dream ever since I was little to be able to play at OU,” the Sapulpa resident said in a text to the Tulsa World. “It still feels surreal to say that I am going to be a part of the Oklahoma women’s basketball team.”
Eboni Walker, 6-0 W, Centennial HS (Las Vegas, NV): committed to Arizona State, over Georgia and UNLV. She’s #50 in espnW’s 2019 rankings. Walker is the second 2019 commit for the Sun Devils, joining Sydnei Caldwell, 5-9 G, Saddle River Day School (NJ).
“I love everything about ASU,” Walker said. “It’s kind of like being at home being there. I loved the atmosphere between players and coaches and academics. It really helped me making the decision.”
Kaelynn Satterfield, 6-0 W, Christ the King (NY), narrowed her list five: Georgia Tech, LSU, Marquette, Michigan, and Ohio State. She eliminated three schools from her previous top eight: UMass, North Carolina, and Seton Hall.
Eboni Walker, 6-0 W, Centennial HS (Las Vegas, NV), narrowed her list to three: Arizona State, Georgia, and UNLV. She’s ranked #50 in the 2019 class, per espnW.
Maori Davenport, 6-4 C, Charles Henderson HS (Troy, AL): Feature on Davenport mentions that she hopes to narrow her list to a final five by summer’s end. Alabama, LSU, and Mississippi State are mentioned as being among her “numerous” offers.
A good student (3.1 GPA) with an interest in history, Davenport has numerous college offers — from LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State, among others. She hopes to narrow her list to five by the end of the summer.
“There are so many of them,” Davenport said when asked about her choices. “They are all selling me their programs, and I don’t know if everything is the truth or not.
“I just know that when I pick a school, I don’t want to transfer. I want to stay there the whole four years.”
Kennady Tucker, 5-11 PG, North Little Rock HS (AR), who committed to Mississippi State in March 2018, has reopened her recruitment. A report from October 2017 indicated that she had ten offers at that time, among which were Arkansas, Louisville, and Mississippi State.
Mckinzie Green, 5-6 PG, Manvel HS (TX): committed to Texas A&M. Green had officially visited A&M earlier this month and Cal in June. Among her other suitors was Arizona State, a school she unofficially visited at least twice and had a home visit with in March.
Sydney Gouard, 5-10 G, Schlarman Acad. (Danville, IL): committed to Oakland (Horizon League) yesterday.
So, why did Gouard pick Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.?
“It was just so welcoming,’’ she said. “It starts with the coaching staff. They didn’t try to tell me one thing and than do another. They were up front and they convinced me that I wanted to play for them.’’
Gouard was still having discussions with a number of schools and she also had offers from Iona and St. Bonaventure, both schools located in New York.
“I didn’t visit either one of those schools, because I just thought it was a little too far for me,’’ said Gouard, who was a member of the IHSA Class 1A State Championship Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers this past season. “I also think that once I went up to Oakland University, it was so nice there that I didn’t need to see any other schools for me.’’
Jada Boyd, 6-2 F, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (VA): has narrowed her list to four: Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, and West Virginia. She plans to make official visits to all four.
Boyd, who was named Virginia High School Class 1 State Player of the Year as a junior, said she has narrowed her list to four schools and she will make official visits to those schools – U of L, Maryland, North Carolina State and West Virginia.
She said the recruiting process has been tough.
“It has been really difficult and overwhelming,” Boyd said. “But it’s coming down to an end where I am going to make a decision and I am very excited about it. I am going to go to my four official visits and see where that goes.”
Back in March, Boyd had home visits with those four schools, plus Virginia and Virginia Tech. So she’s now eliminated the two in-state schools she was considering.
Aubrey Griffin, 6-0 W, Ossining HS (NY): according to this report, three more schools are in the mix for her (contradicting a recent report that she was down to a final two): North Carolina, Mississippi State, and South Carolina.
A recent story on ESPN said Griffin had narrowed her choices to U of L and Connecticut, but she said North Carolina, Mississippi State and South Carolina are also in the mix. UConn is the only one of the five that has not offered a scholarship.
Myla Cox, 6-0 SG/W, Petal HS (MS): Recently took another official visit, this one to Ole Miss. That was her third official in June, following previous treks to Penn and Tulane. She also recently picked up an offer from Brown. Also pursuing her are Michigan, South Alabama, and Air Force.
Akunna Konkwo, 6-3 C, Bishop Ireton HS (Alexandria, VA): committed to Boston College. As of January 2018, Konkwo reportedly had the following top 10: Florida, Georgetown, George Washington, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. She’s now gone outside that list of finalists with her choice of BC, which in April hired a new head coach, Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.
Elaina Chapman, 6-2 F, Trinity Episcopal School (VA): committed to Richmond. Chapman had named her top ten schools just one month ago: Clemson, Florida, George Mason, Indiana, James Madison, Princeton, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Wichita State, and William & Mary.
Busy day for commitments: With the July evaluation period approaching, several 2019 prospects announced their college choice today:
UCLA: Jaden Owens, 5-6 PG, Plano West HS (TX), ranked #16 by espnW. Owens picked the Bruins over Baylor, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ohio State, and Texas.
Charleston Southern: Tori Gittens, 6-0 G, Gunter HS (TX). Gittens had officially visited the school a couple of weeks ago.
IUPUI: Presley Griffitts, 5-11 G/W, Tecumseh HS (New Carlisle, OH). Griffitts was originally committed to Bowling Green, before the recent coaching change there.
Minnesota: Justice Ross, 6-0 G/W, Des Moines East HS (IA). The Gophers also have 2019 commitments from another player from Iowa (Grace Cumming) and in-stater Sara Scalia.
Seton Hall: Lauren Park-Lane, 5-5 PG, Sanford School (Hockessin, DE).
Alissa Pili, 6-0 F, Dimond HS (Anchorage, AK): A feature on her selection as the MaxPreps 2017-18 Female High School Athlete of the Year includes a list of her offers for basketball (she plays multiple sports): BYU, Butler, Colorado State, Hawaii, St. Mary’s, and Washington State. She’s currently ranked #44 in the 2019 class by espnW.
Her volleyball team has won three state titles. The basketball team played in three consecutive state championship games and finally broke through for a title in March. She also has three individual state crowns in the shot put, two in the discus and another in wrestling.
Pili has Division I college basketball offers from BYU, Butler, Colorado State, Hawaii, St. Mary’s and Washington State.
On top of that, she carries a 3.5 grade point average and wants to be an engineer.
Official Visits: News on a few recent officials:
Myla Cox, 6-0 SG/W, Petal HS (MS): Cox has taken official visits to Penn and Tulane over the last week and a half. Among her other suitors are Ole Miss, Michigan, South Alabama, and Air Force.
Charisma Osborne, 5-10 G, Windward HS (CA): Ranked in the top 50 for 2019, Osborne recently took an official to Southern Cal. It’s not known who her other finalists are, but she had home visits in March with Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Michigan, Ohio State, Southern Cal, and Stanford.
Demi Washington, 5-11 W, Heritage HS (Wake Forest, NC): took an official visit this week to Vanderbilt.
Jaden Owens, 5-6 PG, Plano West HS (TX): will announce her college choice on Friday, June 29, from among these finalists: Baylor, UCLA, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ohio State, and Texas. Owens, ranked #16 in the 2019 class by espnW, took an official visit to UCLA the weekend of May 4. Whether she took other officials isn’t known. She had originally committed to SMU but later reopened her recruitment.
Ashten Prechtel, 6-5 F/C, Discovery Canyon HS (Colorado Springs, CO): committed to Stanford. Her other finalists were UCLA and Texas. She’s currently ranked #25 by espnW in the 2019 class.
Stanford now has three commits for 2019, the others being:
- Fran Belibi, 6-1 F, Regis Jesuit HS (CO)
- Hannah Jump, 5-11 G, Pinewood HS (CA)
Also committed to the Cardinal is 2020 prospect Jana Van Gytenbeek, 5-7 PG, Cherry Creek HS (CO), giving the program three commits in the 2019 and 2020 classes from the state of Colorado.
UPDATE: An article on Prechtel’s commitment says she committed immediately after learning from Stanford’s coach that she’d been accepted into the school.
Tara VanDerveer, the second women’s coach to reach 1,000 wins, called Prechtel earlier in the week to tell the Thunder senior-to-be she was going to be getting an acceptance letter from the California university that admits about 5 percent of applicants.
“Coach Tara called me yesterday, and I committed right after she told me I was accepted,” Prechtel said Tuesday night.
“That was a big part, making sure I could get in first.”
Cameron Tabor, 5-9 SG, New Castle HS (IN): committed to Davidson (Atlantic 10). Her other offers included IUPUI, Wright State, Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Detroit Mercy, and Maryville.
Ashley Williamson, 5-7 G, Spring Valley HS (Columbia, SC): committed to William & Mary (CAA). Williamson had committed to Clemson in January but decommitted a few months later, following the coaching change there.
She picked William & Mary over Harvard, Seton Hall, Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic.
Meghan Boyd, 5-9 G, Eagle HS (ID): committed to Denver.
Boyd chose Denver over offers from Idaho, Eastern Washington, Portland and Utah Valley. She said she picked the Pioneers of the Summit League because she fell in love with the downtown campus and the school’s business program.
“It’s a super cool area with lots to do,” Boyd said. “Their business program is in top 100 in the nation, and that’s something I’ve wanted to major in for a long time. So that kind of checked all the boxes for me.”
More Official Visits: Two more 2019 prospects reported official visits from over the weekend.
Olivia Trice, 5-8 G, Huber Heights Wayne HS (OH): She took an official to Stetson. Among the other schools that have offered her are Detroit Mercy, Iona, and Robert Morris. Former Michigan State player Travis Trice is her brother.
Mckinzie Green, 5-6 PG, Manvel HS (TX): Green officially visited Cal. Her other finalists aren’t known, but she had home visits in March with Arizona State (a school she’s unofficially visited at least twice) and Texas A&M.
Taiyier Parks, 6-2 F, North Royalton HS (OH): Immediately following her official visit over the weekend, Parks committed to Michigan State. She had taken an official to Rutgers the previous weekend; Cincinnati, Iowa, Kentucky, and Ohio State were her other finalists.
The Spartans now have four commits for 2019, the other three being:
- Julia Ayrault, 6-0 SG, Grosse Pointe North HS (MI)
- Cydni Dodd, 6-5 C, Warren Central HS (Indianapolis, IN)
- Moira Joiner, 5-9 PG, Saginaw Heritage HS (MI)
Aijha Blackwell, 6-0 W, Whitfield School (St. Louis, MO): Blackwell, ranked #22 in the 2019 class by espnW, posted her top 12 list: DePaul, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, St. Louis Univ., and Texas.
It’s unclear whether she has offers from all those schools. Back in March, a local new article stated that she was “being recruited by numerous schools, including Mizzou, Louisville, Kansas and Ohio State.” There was another article that month that said she had Louisville at the top of her list.
Official visits rundown: Several official visits were reported to have taken place this week. Here’s a recap, with some additional notes on the visitors:
- Alabama: Destiny Rice, 5-8 PG, North Caddo HS (LA). Alabama was Rice’s first SEC offer (in May 2018). She had a home visit with Wichita State in March.
- Charleston Southern: Tori Gittens, 6-0 G, Gunter HS (TX). Charleston Southern was reportedly the first school to offer Gittens (in March 2018).
- Kansas: Liz Scott, 6-0 W, Klein Oak HS (TX): Ranked #30 by espnW, Scott had a home visit with Texas A&M in March.
- Santa Clara: Kayla Padilla, 5-9 G, Bishop Montgomery HS (Torrance, CA). Padilla took an official to Loyola Marymount about a week ago. Among her home visits in March were UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, and San Diego.
In addition, Taiyier Parks, 6-2 F, North Royalton HS (OH), is on an official visit to Michigan State this weekend. She visited Rutgers last weekend. Her other finalists are Cincinnati, Iowa, Kentucky, and Ohio State.
Kemery Martin, 5-11 G, Corner Canyon HS (Draper, UT): announced her commitment to Utah. She’s currently ranked #51 in the 2019 class by espnW. Her other finalists were Oregon State, Southern Cal, and Washington.
Myla Cox, 6-0 SG/W, Petal HS (MS): Local news feature touts Cox as a “stock riser.” She reportedly has offers from all the schools mentioned below as ones she has visited or will visit (with the possible exception of Denver). (6/14/2018)
Cox suddenly finds herself visiting some of the top schools in the nation.
“Well I’m really excited for Ole Miss,” Cox said. “University of Michigan (and) University of Pennsylvania, which I will be visiting next Wednesday. University of Denver, Tulane, South Alabama and Air Force which is in Colorado. It’s such a great opportunity just to be able to get out and explore the states and explore the world just for something that I like to do which is basketball. So I’m really excited for it.”
Shemera Williams, 5-9 PG, Milwaukee Academy of Science (WI-2019): released a top 10 list of schools: Arizona State, DePaul, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Marquette, Minnesota, Virginia, West Virginia. She’s currently the #42 player in the espnW 2019 rankings. (6/11/2018)
Three Power 5 commitments (6/10/2018): North Carolina State landed espnW’s #15-ranked player in the 2019 class, Jakia Brown-Turner, 6-0 W, Bishop McNamara HS (MD). The Wolfpack also have 2019 commits from
- Camille Hobby, 6-3 F/C, Daniel HS (Central, SC)
- Kendal Moore, 5-6 PG, Northwood Temple Academy (FayettevilleNC)
Shaila Beeler, 5-7 PG, Warren Central HS (Indianapolis, IN), announced that she would stay in state for college, committing to Indiana. Blue Star currently has her ranked #44 among 2019 prospects. Beeler picked Indiana over Mississippi State, Ohio State, and Penn State.
Though Beeler always had Indiana at the top of her list, she also considered Mississippi State, Ohio State and Penn State.
The Hoosiers now have four commits for 2019, the others being:
- Jorie Allen, 6-1 W, Bedford North Lawrence HS (IN)
- Mackenzie Holmes, 6-2 C, Gorham HS (ME)
- Arielle Wisne, 6-5 C, Horizon HS (Thornton, CO)
Michigan State picked up its third commitment for 2019 from 6-5 center Cydni Dodd, a Warren Central HS teammate of Beeler. In March 2018 Dodd, currently ranked #40 by Blue Star, had announced a top seven list of schools that included—in addition to Michigan State—Florida, Iowa, LSU, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Missouri. The other Spartan 2019 commits are
- Julia Ayrault, 6-0 SG, Grosse Pointe North HS (MI)
- Moira Joiner, 5-9 PG, Saginaw Heritage HS (MI)
Jordan King, 5-9 G, Hononegah HS (Rockton, IL): committed to Marquette (Big East). She had taken unofficial visits to Iowa and Wisconsin in October 2017 and hosted those two schools, along with Marquette, for home visits in March, so it’s reasonable to assume those were her other finalists. (6/9/2018)
Marquesha Davis, 6-0 G, Springdale HS (AR): committed to Arkansas, the Razorbacks’ fourth commitment for 2019. (6/7/2018)
Springdale guard Marquesha Davis (6-0) has picked the Razorbacks over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston, Georgia Tech and several others.
Kemery Martin, 5-11 G, Corner Canyon HS (Draper, UT): announced her top four schools, all in the Pac-12—Oregon State, USC, Utah, and Washington. She’s ranked #51 in the 2019 class by espnW (which, by the way, still has her attending Alta HS, but she transferred from there to Corner Canyon before her junior year). (6/6/2018)
Arizona: on Friday, landed its second commitment in the 2019 class, Birna Benónýsdóttir, a 6-4 center from Iceland. The Wildcats’ other 2019 commit is also from Europe, 5-11 Latvian guard Mara Mote. (6/3/2018)
Jordan Horston, 6-1 G, Columbus Africentric HS (OH): postponed her official visit to UConn that was set for this weekend and has postponed her remaining official visits (Tennessee and South Carolina) and unofficial visits (Louisville and Ohio State) that were set for June. (Note that in late April and early May she took officials to North Carolina and UCLA.) Her recruiting has been put on hold until after the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, being held July 21 to 29. Earlier this week, she was named to the 12-member USA team. (6/2/2018)
Brynna Maxwell, 6-0 G, Gig Harbor HS (WA): committed to Utah, over Washington, Gonzaga, and other schools (6/2/2018)
Now, Maxwell, who had offers from much of the Pac-12 conference, is verbally committing to Utah, picking the Utes over the University of Washington, Gonzaga and others.
“I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff,” Maxwell said. “I really connected with the team. I really believe in their vision for the program. It’s a program on the rise.”
Clemson: received a commitment from Isis Lopes, a 5-10 point guard out of Melbourne, Australia. This is the third 2019 commit for new Tigers head coach Amanda Butler and her staff in the last month, following pledges from Kaylee Sticker, 6-0 W, Dawson County HS (Dawsonville, GA), and Danae McNeal, 5-10 G, Swansea HS (SC). Butler and company have also landed two transfers: Mikayla Hayes (6-2 FR forward, Brooklyn Park, MN / Florida) and Kendall Spray (5-7 SO guard, Lebanon, TN / UT Martin). (6/1/2018)
Elaina Chapman, 6-2 F, Trinity Episcopal School (VA): named her top ten schools: Clemson, Florida, George Mason, Indiana, James Madison, Princeton, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Wichita State, and William & Mary. (6/1/2018)
Taiyier Parks, 6-2 F, North Royalton HS (OH): narrowed her list to a final six of Cincinnati, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Rutgers. (5/30/2018)
Madison Campbell, 5-11 G, Clovis West HS (CA): Shortly after her official visit there (noted below), Campbell committed to Southern Cal. (5/30/2018)
“I chose USC because I love how genuine, transparent, and competitive they all are,” Campbell said. “They will push you hard, but at the end of the day, they care for you and want nothing but the best for you. They want a family and they’re going to do whatever it takes to get the culture to where they want it. I want to be a part of that experience. The coaches, players, and all the behind-the-scenes people are so amazing, I can’t even begin to explain.”
Ashten Prechtel, 6-5 F/C, Discovery Canyon HS (Colorado Springs, CO): announced her top three schools—UCLA, Stanford, and Texas. Stanford is looking to add a third Colorado player to its recent recruiting haul, after securing commitments from Fran Belibi and Jana Van Gytenbeek. (5/27/2018)
“I have chosen a top three,” Prechtel said. “It’s UCLA, Texas and Stanford.”
Ties to all three universities are easily found in the gym at the Olympic Training Center. Celeste Taylor, a Texas commit from New York, is competing alongside the Colorado trio, while UCLA coach Cori Close is an assistant with the U18 team that took the floor after the U17s wrapped up.
Van Gytenbeek is doing her part to get Prechtel to think about the Cardinal.
“Oh yeah, of course,” the Cherry Creek junior-to-be answered when asked if there’s been some recruiting. “Ashten’s a really good player, obviously me and Fran want her to come with us.”
Madison Campbell, 5-11 G, Clovis West HS (CA): recently took an official visit to Southern Cal. That was her second official, following the one to Indiana in April. At last word, she was planning one to three more officials, before making her commitment “far before her senior season.” (5/27/2018)
Fran Belibi, 6-1 F, Regis Jesuit HS (CO): committed to Stanford. Ranked #33 in the 2019 class by espnW, she’s the second 2019 commit for the Cardinal, joining Hannah Jump, 5-11 G, Pinewood HS (CA), who’s ranked #55. (5/21/2018)
Belibi, a junior, chose the Cardinal over Notre Dame, Harvard and Princeton, according to Regis Jesuit coach Carl Mattei.
Kyra White, 5-10 G, Judson HS (Converse, TX), took an official visit to SMU over the weekend. It’s unknown which other schools she might be considering, but she reportedly had home visits with San Diego State and Tulane in March. (5/21/2018)
Cat Almeida, 6-4 F, Shenendehowa HS (NY): committed to Quinnipiac, over South Alabama, Hofstra, Fairfield, Manhattan, and Binghamton, among others. (5/14/2018)
“I visited there almost two years ago,” Almeida said. “I really liked it. I took a second visit and from the moment I walked on campus, I felt it was right for me. I did other visits and listened. When (Quinnipiac) offered, I was thrilled and ready to go.
“I think I planned on having it done before my senior year started. I thought I was going to wait until later in the summer, but this was the place I wanted to go.”
Almeida selected the Bobcats over such programs as South Alabama, Hofstra, Fairfield, Manhattan and Binghamton. She also had offers from schools close and from all across the country.
Olivia Snyder, 6-0 SG, Southern Lehigh HS (Center Valley, PA): recently committed to Georgetown, over Boston College and Harvard. (5/11/2018)
Snyder had over 50 full scholarships offered to her and narrowed her final choices to Boston College, Harvard and Georgetown. She started visiting colleges her freshman year as a way to ease the pressure she knew would come her way the last several months.
“It’s a very stressful process,” Snyder said. “A week before I planned to make my decision I’m getting curveballs thrown at me from different colleges.”
She laid off those pitches, though.
“There are a bunch of reasons why I chose Georgetown,” said Snyder, who will study to become a surgeon. “It’s closer than BC or Harvard plus I have family that lives in Maryland just 10 minutes away. So that’s comforting. And it’s a great medical school with a beautiful campus. It’s all I could ask for and more.”
Jordan Horston, 6-1 G, Columbus Africentric HS (OH): Horston, ranked in the top ten in the 2019 class, has set up two more official visits: UConn, the weekend of June 1, and South Carolina, the weekend of June 29. She will also officially visit Tennessee, with that visit still to be scheduled. These visits will follow the first two officials she took, to North Carolina and UCLA. Still in contention for Horston, in what is her final seven, are Louisville and Ohio State (so Texas and Michigan State—both mentioned as in the mix fairly recently—are among those now out of the running). She has already visited Louisville and Ohio State multiple times, and she plans to visit each unofficially once more, most likely by the end of June. Her plan as of now is to make her commitment sometime in July. (5/10/2018)
Taylor Jones, 6-3 C, Dallas Christian HS (TX): committed to Oregon State. In January 2018 she had announced a top ten of Baylor, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, and UCLA, but it appears she took official visits to just Florida State and Oregon State before making her choice. At the time of her commitment, she was ranked #28 in the 2019 class by espnW. (5/6/2018)
Jennifer Ezeh, 6-3 F, New Hope Academy (MD): committed to Duke, over Michigan State, Mississippi State, and West Virginia. (5/3/2018)
Julia Hintz, 5-8 PG, New Berlin Eisenhower HS (WI): committed to Milwaukee., six days after the program extended her an offer, her first from a D-I school. (5/3/2018)
“UWM was always top on my list,” she said. “They were always something I always considered even if I didn’t have the scholarship, I just like that it was super close to home. I’m really close with my family. My dad and I always went to the gym and shot. He means a lot to me and for him to be able to come to the games would mean a lot.”
Annie Stritzel, 5-10 G, Nazareth Academy (La Grange, IL): committed to Harvard, over DePaul and Columbia. (4/30/2018)
Stritzel wanted to make her decision before the summer so she could enjoy her AAU season and senior year at Nazareth, saying she wasn’t a fan of the recruiting process. She strongly considered DePaul and Columbia before deciding Harvard was too good to pass up.
“Once I started being recruited by the Ivy League schools, I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” Stritzel said. “I’ve talked to the coach and she said they struggle to score, so that’s where I can help out.”
Sania Wells, 5-7 PG, East Central HS (MS): committed to Auburn, over LSU, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Boston University, and South Alabama. “Vanderbilt also began to show interest in recent weeks.” (4/30/2018)
“I had my options for a while,” she said. “After my last AAU tournament, me and my parents sat down and had a talk. My heart has been at Auburn for a while. I finally made it official.”
For Wells, it’s a dream come true to compete in the SEC.
“Ever since I’ve been playing, I’ve been wanting to play in the SEC,” she said.
Brianna Jackson, 6-3 F, Princess Anne HS (Virginia Beach, VA): committed to Miami (FL), following an official visit over the weekend. She took an earlier official to Indiana; Old Dominion and Virginia Tech were among the other schools that had offered her. (4/30/2018)
Jackson, named the All-Tidewater Girls Basketball Player of the Year in March after her junior season, committed to the Hurricanes after mulling more than a dozen scholarship offers.
Jackson, a 6-foot-3 post player, also took an official visit to Indiana and had offers from Virginia Tech and Old Dominion, among others.
“What attracted me was the chemistry I had with all the coaches,” Jackson said of Miami. “Some players have good chemistry with one coach, but it seemed like all the coaches were already family to me. The players treated me like I was already on the team for three years. We just really hit it off.”
JaMya Mingo-Young, 5-8 G, Loranger HS (LA): committed to Mississippi State, giving the Bulldogs three 2019 commitments in the span of a week (see below for the other two). Mingo-Young’s other finalists were Tulane, Little Rock, and Alabama. She’s currently ranked #39 in the 2019 class by espnW. (4/24/2018)
“I liked it (Starkville) the first time I went there,” Mingo-Young said. “It is a small town and it reminds me a lot of Loranger. They have one of the best programs and fan bases in the country and I wanted to be part of that. The coaches are great … very positive. I want to go in there and compete for a chance to play.”
Jordan Horston, 6-1 G, Columbus Africentric HS (OH): currently on an official visit to North Carolina, her first one. She’s also planning officials to Tennessee and Louisville, with the other two not yet scheduled. (4/23/2018)
Kate McArthur, 5-9 SG, Warren Cousino HS (MI): decommitted from Clemson, following the coaching change there. She had committed to the Tigers in October 2017. (4/21/2018)
McKinley Bradshaw, 5-11 SG/W, Lyman HS (WY): A Casper Star-Tribune article details Bradshaw’s commitment to Wyoming in late March. (4/21/2018)
“I made a few visits to Wyoming and watched them play a little bit,” Bradshaw said. “And I talked a little bit with other schools, but in the end I knew Wyoming was the place for me so I’m super excited to continue playing.”
Her college lists never got that extensive. She mulled offers from Northern Colorado, heavily considered Pepperdine and even looked into Snow College. Despite her impressive individual numbers over her three seasons at Lyman, she garnered very little attention.
Angel Parker, 5-6 G, Cardinal O’Hara HS (Tonawanda, NY): Buffalo News feature article on Parker provides a summary of her current recruiting situation. (4/21/2018)
Parker is on the recruiting radar of 10-15 colleges currently, but O’Neil expects that number to double during the summer AAU season. Her scholarship offers include Niagara, Siena, Brown and Hartford. UB, Princeton, Hofstra, Binghamton and Stony Brook have shown interest as well.
But as great as Parker is on the court for the Hawks, O’Neil can’t say enough about her as a person outside of basketball.
“One of most important things is she’s the nicest kid I’ve ever coached,” O’Neil said. “She’s another kid with a high GPA, so she not only just does it on the court but in the classroom as well. I’ve never, ever heard anybody say a bad word about her. It’s just been an honor and a privilege to coach her.”
Jaelyn Batts, 6-0 W, Freedom HS (South Riding, VA): announced her commitment to Boston College. Batts had previously committed to Albany, in February 2018, so she’s following head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee from Albany to BC. (4/18/2018)
Anissa Rivera, 6-1 W, Rock Creek Christian Acad. (Upper Marlboro, MD): decommitted from West Virginia. She’s currently ranked #55 by espnW in the 2019 class. (4/18/2018)
Jayla Hemingway, 5-10 G, Houston HS (Germantown, TN): committed to Mississippi State, over Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. (4/17/2018)
Hemingway, one of five girls basketball nominees for The Commercial Appeal Sports Awards player of the year honor, chose the Bulldogs over Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. She said that despite feeling strongly about Mississippi State for about two weeks it wasn’t an easy choice.
“It was a tough decision,” she said. “Other schools I had close relationships with as well, but I wanted to stay close to home and be near my family.”
Mississippi State, on this same day, landed another 2019 commitment: Kennady Tucker, 5-11 PG, North Little Rock HS (AR). She also had offers from Arkansas, Louisville, and others.
London Clarkson, 6-1 F, Pflugerville HS (TX-2019): recently took an official visit to Arizona State, her first one. Her other finalists aren’t known, but among her reported offers are LSU, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M. (4/17/2018)
Shemera Williams, 5-9 PG, Milwaukee Academy of Science (WI): picked up offers from Virginia*, Kentucky, and Arizona State. Williams, a top-50 ranked prospect, includes among her previous offers Marquette, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Illinois, and Georgia. (4/16/2018)
*The Virginia offer came on the same day Tina Thompson was named the new Cavaliers women’s basketball coach. Also receiving an offer from the new UVA coach on day one was another 2019 top-50ish prospect—and another point guard—Corina Carter, 5-6 PG, Judson HS (Converse, TX). Info on her previous offers is sketchy, but Carter had home visits in March 2018 with Kentucky and Wichita State.
Duke: The Blue Devils picked up their first 2019 commitment on Saturday—Jaida Patrick, 5-11 W, Saddle River Day School (NJ). She selected Duke over Michigan. (4/16/2018)
The Saddle River Day junior combo guard committed to Duke on Saturday, selecting the Blue Devils over Michigan.
“One day when I was little I was watching basketball and just said I love Duke and I want to go there,” said Patrick Monday morning. “It’s a great academic school. I know that going there I will be pushed and challenged as both a student and an athlete.”
Patrick, who is from Rockland County, NY, transferred to Saddle River Day in the fall of 2017 from Long Island Lutheran. She spent her freshman year of high school at North Rockland HS (NY).
Makenna Marisa, 5-11 SG, Peters Township HS (PA): Post-Gazette Girls Fab 5 article notes her current offers as Duquesne, Villanova, St. Joseph’s, and Ball State. (4/16/2018)
The scoop: Talented point guard and one of the best juniors in the state. This season, averaged 22.9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game for WPIAL Class 6A finalist. Has 1,115 career points. Granddaughter of legendary former Waynesburg University coach Rudy Marisa.
College talk: Duquesne, Villanova, St. Joseph’s and Ball State have offered scholarships.
Taylor Jones, 6-3 C, Dallas Christian HS (TX): took an official visit to Florida State this weekend. As of January 2018, Jones had a top 10 of Baylor, UCLA, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, and Texas. (4/15/2018)
Kaia Harrison, 5-7 PG, Baldwin HS (NY): took an official visit to Iowa State this weekend. Other schools she might be considering aren’t known, but she had a home visit with St. John’s in March. (4/15/2018)
Samantha Brunelle, 6-2 F, William Monroe HS (VA): committed to Notre Dame, joining Anaya Peoples in their 2019 class. (4/15/2018)
Brunelle said the that she knew after the in-home visit by Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw the second week of March. Before that, she said the Irish and the University of Virginia were probably tied at the top of her list.
Virginia coach Joanne Boyle announced her retirement following an appearance in the NCAA Tournament by her Cavaliers. In order to finalize the adoption of her 6-year-old daughter Ngoty, Boyle has to travel to Senegal, where Ngoty was born. Because she has no idea when she’ll be able to return, Boyle decided to step down from the Virginia job.
Brunelle admitted that surprise decision by Boyle played a role in her choice.
“It did a little bit,” Brunelle said when asked if the coaching change affected her decision. “I was conf in my decision with Notre Dame. But I was kind of hanging around to see what was going to happen [at Virginia].”
Meanwhile, UConn “sources” played the “we didn’t want her anyway” card:
She did not pick the Irish over UConn. Sources familiar with the process indicate that the Huskies did not offer Brunelle a scholarship. Instead, UConn focused its frontcourt recruiting efforts on Aliyah Boston, a 6-foot-4 forward from Worcester Academy and also a junior. The timeline for her college decision is unknown.
Michigan: The Wolverines land their first 2019 commitment—Michelle Sidor, 5-8 guard out of Saddle River Day School (NJ). She picked Michigan over Harvard, Villanova, Stanford, and Florida, among others. At this time, Blue Star has her ranked #53 in her class. (4/13/2018)
“I was stressing all week about this,” said Sidor, who plans to study business. “I thought I was going to Michigan but after my visit to Harvard I really had to think about it. Michigan has what I want, obviously great academics and top basketball and I just loved the coaches.”
Sania Wells, 5-7 PG, East Central HS (MS): MaxPreps feature notes that she has seven offers: LSU, Auburn, Boston University, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Chattanooga, and Louisiana Tech. Auburn is her apparent leader. (4/12/2018)
Wells was speechless when she received offers from LSU and Auburn.
“I really like Auburn right now, but I’m still waiting on my official visit,” Wells said.