Commitments, decommitments, unofficial and official visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Lilly Hatton, 6-1 F, North Harrison HS (Ramsey, IN): The Louisville Courier Journal reports on Hatton’s recent commitment to Wofford.
Her final three choices were Wofford, Illinois State and the Air Force Academy.
“I really didn’t think I’d consider a school that small,” Hatton said. But her mother, Emily, liked Wofford and asked the North Harrison star to consider the school.
Hatton got plenty of advice from her parents, Emily and Steve, the assistant superintendent at North Harrison Schools. In the end, it was up to her.
“It was my decision,” she said.
Maori Davenport, 6-4 C, Charles Henderson HS (Troy, AL): committed to Rutgers, over Georgia, Louisville, and Mississippi State. Davenport is currently ranked #15 in the 2019 recruiting class by espnW.
Timing is everything. Rutgers is where Zipporah “Zippy” Broughton, Alabama’s Miss Basketball this season who went to Robert E. Lee High in Montgomery, is preparing for her freshman season. In addition, Hoover High guard Joiya Maddox, an AAU teammate of Davenport’s for the past four or five seasons, verbally committed to Rutgers in July.
“That’s going to help me a lot, knowing I won’t be going through this process by myself,” Davenport said.
“When she said Rutgers, we said OK,” Tara Davenport said. “And we knew about the other two girls from Alabama. We know Joiya’s mom real well with her being on the AAU team. Every little thing to give her some comfort.”
Myla Cox, 6-0 W, Petal HS (MS): Feature on Cox’s commitment to Brown in mid-September.
“The atmosphere and the people there really make it feel like a second home to me,” said Cox, who visited Brown’s campus last month. “Just the location, and knowing the school and how great they are – when you go to an Ivy League school, it just makes it that much easier to get a job, and to get the job you actually want.
“I just really liked the coaches and the people, and it seems like a really great place.”
Brea Beal, 6-0 W, Rock Island HS (IL): Beal’s father indicates that a Duke official visit (which would be her last) is still planned but has not been scheduled. She is set to announce her decision on November 8.
Now, Duke is the only school left on Beal’s list of finalists that she has yet to take an official visit to. The Blue Devils already have three commits in the class of 2019, which, if every player from this season’s roster who can return does, would put them at the maximum allowable number of scholarships. Kevin Beal said the family is still deciding on when to take that visit.
As far as a final decision, Kevin Beal said Brea is set to announce her choice on her birthday, Nov. 8, at her high school, though she will likely make a decision sooner than that.
Carsyn Boswell, 5-9 SG, Carlsbad HS (NM): committed to Idaho State, over Cornell, Columbia, and West Texas A&M.
“It’s a load off my back, not having to worry about where my next step is going to be,” Boswell told the Journal. “I’m really excited. It’s the most exciting day. I’m just ready for it.”
The 5-foot-9 Boswell is about to enter her fifth season of varsity basketball for the Cavegirls, and who is coming off a junior season in which she averaged about 20 points a game. She said she chose Idaho State over Cornell, Columbia and West Texas A&M.
Kennedy Dickie, 6-0 F, Kelowna SS (BC): Feature on Dickie’s commitment to Eastern Washington in early October.
“Everyone was so warm and friendly and I connected instantly with them,” said Dickie, coming off a busy summer of basketball that included a bronze medal and an all-star selection at the Canadian U17 championship tournament. “The campus is the perfect size, and I loved absolutely everything about the school and the visit.”
Prior to the trip to Cheney, Kennedy made unofficial visits to the University of Washington, Washington State University, the University of Idaho and the University of the Pacific. She also visited the University of B.C. in Vancouver. While she had planned trips to several other schools, they were canceled after making the commitment to EWU.
Jaz Shelley, 5-9 guard out of Traralgon, Australia: committed to Oregon, over Nebraska and Oregon State.
Jaz could not contain her excitement since making her decision “Oregon just felt right; I feel they have a culture and environment where I can continue to be challenged on and off of the court”. Jaz continued “Oregon have also recruited some incredibly talented European players, so it’s a really international team and we all just got along so well”.
Azana Baines, 6-1 W, Gloucester Catholic HS (NJ): The Cherry Hill Courier-Post with a feature on Baines’s commitment to Duke in late September. In the espnW top 100 for 2019, she’s currently ranked #65.
The list ended up all-ACC all the way with Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
After a recent visit to the Yellow Jackets’ campus in Atlanta, Baines knew which school offered the best connection.
On Sept. 30, she chose the Blue Devils.
“It felt like it fit me best,” Baines said of Duke’s program. “It felt like the right kind of individual development for me and the team and the coaches. It all worked out well.”
Aislynn Hayes, 5-7 PG, Riverdale HS (Murfreesboro, TN): committed to Middle Tennessee, over Memphis and North Carolina State. She’s the younger sister of Anastasia Hayes, who may join her sister at MTSU following her dismissal from Tennessee in August. They have younger sisters who are prospects in the 2020 (Alasia) and 2022 (Acacia) classes.
“First, I wanted to stay close to home, close to my family,” said Hayes, who was named MVP of the 2018 Class AAA state basketball tournament. “Coach Rick (Insell) is a great coach, and I love the whole staff. (Insell) is a Hall of Fame coach. I just loved it there.”
Kyra White, 5-10 G, Judson HS (Converse, TX): announced her commitment to Southern Cal in early October. Ranked #63 in the 2019 class by espnW, White had also included San Diego State, SMU, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt among her final five. Her high school newspaper ran an item on her commitment.
“I felt at home whenever I was on campus,” White said. “The degree that I want there will also eventually set me up for life.”
Olivia Davies, 5-9 G, Wasilla HS (AK): Article on Davies’s commitment to Hawaii in late September.
On her official visit to Honolulu, Hawaii, she instantly bonded with coaches and players. Call it the Aloha spirit.
“After only a few hours of spending time with them I could just see myself being in that situation and calling it home,” Davies told me. “They were up front and honest with me. None of the coaches or girls were trying to sell something that they were not and I really appreciated that.”
The reigning Northern Lights Conference Player of the Year also considered UAA, UC Davis, Fresno State and Northern Colorado. She made official visits to UAA, Fresno State and Hawaii.
Carole Miller, 5-11 W, Edison HS (Alexandria, VA): The Daily Progress with a feature on Miller’s commitment to Virginia. Ranked #82 in the 2019 class by espnW, Miller made her pledge back in June, becoming the first player to commit to new Cavaliers coach Tina Thompson.
Miller said she chose the Cavaliers from a total of 18 scholarship offers, and her final decision came down to Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
“Ever since the first time I went on an unofficial visit, I always felt like UVa was somewhere I could see myself,” Miller said. “With the old staff and now the new staff, I have all these role models I can look up to, and I felt like the academics were a good fit for me.”
JaQuaya Miller, 6-4 F, Kentridge HS (WA): Seattle Times reports on Miller’s recent commitment to Washington, over Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Oregon.
“The new staff … really just came to me with open arms,” said Miller, who guided Kentridge to a Class 4A state titleas a sophomore. “The atmosphere at the school and on the court seemed like a place I needed to be.”
Miller said she was also considering UCLA and Oregon.
Shamyjha Price, 5-9 G, Bishop Canevin HS (Pittsburgh, PA): Feature on Price’s recent commitment to UMass Lowell.
“I got to spend some time with the coaches and with the team on my official visit,” said Price, who plans on studying nursing or social work. “On my visit, I saw myself there. I thought I could play for them. They kept up with me and really wanted me to play there. I wasn’t their second choice. That stood out to me.”
Emma and Sophia Nolan, 6-1 forwards, Marquette Catholic HS (Michigan City, IN): Article on the twins’ recent commitment to St. John’s.
Emma said the [St. John’s] coaches see her as a power forward and Sophia as a small forward.
The twins, who previously committed to Saint Louis last year, canceled an Oct. 12 official visit to Marquette.
DePaul also was interested, but Emma said the program had only one scholarship available.
A host of mid-major schools extended scholarships.
“We wanted to go big,” Sophia said. “It’s exciting. We dreamed of playing and being in the Big East.
“We loved the campus. St. John’s used to be a golf course with a lot of rolling hills. It looks really nice with lots of grass, trees and flowers.”
Sunshine McCrae, 6-0 F, Trinity HS (PA): committed to UNC Wilmington, over Cal State Bakersfield, Charleston, Old Dominion, and East Tennessee State.
The coaches got to know her family, she said, and they began to feel like family.
And they mentioned things about her game that no other school did.
“They’d just be like, ‘We saw you in AAU, and we saw you make that extra pass,’” McCrae said. “It was just acknowledgement that I was doing something right, and they were watching me.”
Kamryn Dziak, 5-9 G, Amherst Steele HS (OH): Feature on Dziak’s commitment to Georgia State.
Dziak made an official visit to the school, located in downtown Atlanta, on Sunday. By the time the hour had arrived to pack her bags and return to Ohio her decision was made.
“It was really awesome,” Dziak said. “It checked all my boxes. They are doing a lot of building on campus, they brought in a new coach who really wants to rebuild the program and the campus had the vibe I was looking for. It was easy to commit.”
Oumou Toure, 5-11 W, Kamiakin HS (Kennewick, WA): committed to Butler on Sept. 10.
“I wanted to go where I felt I fit in,” she said.
Basketball-wise, that meant a team that plays a lot of man-to-man defense, and an open offensive system.
“The offensive system is free flowing,” said Toure. “I’m liking their freedom in the offense.”
Toure said she considered some schools in the West and Northwest.
Those included Arizona State, Washington State and Boise State.
Essence Brown, 5-10 SG/W, Galax HS (VA): Coverage of Brown’s commitment to George Washington.
The 5-foot-10 Brown — who was the Region 1C player of the year and a first-team VHSL Class 1 selection — picked GW over offers from Radford, UNC-Asheville, Rhode Island and Appalachian State.
Emma Koch, 6-0 W, Iowa City West HS (IA): A week after suffering a torn ACL, Koch committed to Dartmouth, over Cornell and WashU.
“This Monday was a lot better than last Monday,” said Koch, a senior who helped lead Iowa City West to the Class 5A state championship in March. “(Dartmouth) stuck with me after my injury.”
Actually, all of Koch’s final three suitors — Dartmouth, Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis — kept their offers after she was injured in a fall-league game Sept. 10.
Adia Brisker, 5-8 G, Penn Hills HS (Pittsburgh, PA): Coverage of Brisker’s commitment to Niagara.
When Penn Hills senior guard Adia Brisker was contemplating the college recruitment process, she wanted to make sure she had a deep relationship with those involved in the women’s basketball program.
Brisker found that impactful relationship at Niagara. After going on her official visit Sept. 7-8, Brisker made a verbal commitment via her personal twitter account.
“They weren’t worry about me being a number,” Brisker said. “They were into who I was and not even basketball. They weren’t just worried about my skills. They took the relationship further. I created a relationship with each coach on that staff.”
Grace Martin, 6-1 F, Biddeford HS (ME): Article on Grace (or Gracie) Martin’s recent commitment to Harvard.
Biddeford senior Gracie Martin had some impressive schools on her list of potential landing spots with Boston University and Northeastern University in the mix.
In the end it would be another Boston-based school that earned Martin’s verbal commitment as the Biddeford standout has decided to continue her academic and basketball career at Harvard.
“I mean Harvard’s Harvard … it was just such a good fit,” said Martin. “I love the coaches. I love the girls, obviously. My goal was to get into the highest academic institution I could and play Division I basketball and I think that’s the best option.”
Shine Strickland-Gills, 6-1 F, Saginaw Heritage HS (MI): Feature on Strickland-Gills’s recent commitment to Central Michigan, over UNLV and Miami (OH).
“I think I gave my mom a heart attack,” Strickland-Gills said. “She’s been stressed out about this for a long time, always asking me about college and about offers and about what paperwork we had to take care of. There was a lot of stress.
“She played basketball at Arthur Hill and could have played in college, but she didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. She didn’t want me to miss out on that opportunity. She was worried that colleges would pull their offers. She didn’t want me to wait too long and have no offers left.”
Strickland-Gills narrowed her final choices to Nevada-Las Vegas, Miami (Ohio) and CMU.
Dajahnae Brannon, 6-1 W, Harrisburg HS (PA): committed to Rider.
Brannon told PennLive she has committed to Rider.
She also had an offer from Western Carolina.
“I liked the environment,” Brannon said. “It was a pretty nice school, and a pretty good fit for me.”
Olivia Brown, 5-8 G, East Grand Rapids HS (MI): Coverage of Brown’s recent commitment to St. Bonaventure.
Q: Why did you choose St. Bonaventure University?
A) “I felt like it was the right choice for me,” said Brown, who also received offers from Western Michigan, Hillsdale and Wayne State. “I like the school. It is pretty small school, around 2,000 undergrads. I thought it was really special to have that Division I experience and great academics at such a small school.
“Also, basketball-wise, I met the coaches and players and I felt like I fit in instantly. I can see myself growing as a player and reaching my potential, which I think is really exciting.”
Aniya Walker, 6-2 W, Ambridge HS (PA): Article on Walker’s recent commitment to St. Francis (Pa.).
Walker said she chose Saint Francis over Lafayette and Columbia. Duquesne and Youngstown State were among the other schools that offered.
Ajulu Thatha, 6-1 F/C, Decatur Central HS (Indianapolis, IN): Feature on Thatha, who is originally from Ethiopia and recently committed to SIUE.
Six years later, Thatha is a 17-year-old senior at Decatur Central High School and has committed to play in college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Hers is an unlikely journey that started in Gambella, Ethiopia, and has taken her along a path that twists like the Baro River, where she used to splash and play back home. Basketball has given her an opportunity that felt out of reach as a 12-year-old learning English in a foreign place. The opportunity to go to college manifested because of Thatha’s perseverance, and it was her courage that allowed her to seize it.
Lanetta Williams, 6-4 F, and Lanyce Williams (6-2 F), Arlington HS (TN): Article on the twins’ recent commitment to Memphis. Lanetta is ranked #36 in the 2019 class by espnW. They picked the Tigers over Georgia and Ole Miss.
On Thursday, the Arlington stars announced their commitment to Memphis, choosing the Lady Tigers over Ole Miss and Georgia. In front of about 30 friends and family at the high school, the Williams sisters read prepared statements before popping balloons filled with Memphis blue confetti. They shed their Arlington windbreakers to reveal Tiger T-shirts and put on Memphis headgear.
“All schools had great things about them,” Lanyce said. “But we realized we’ll be gone from our family for the vast majority of the year and we would miss out on things we wouldn’t miss out on if we were here in Memphis.”
Jordan Olivares, 5-8 PG, Seaside HS (CA): committed to Sacramento State, following an official visit to the school over the weekend.
Olivares, the Herald’s Basketball Player of the Year last season, emerged over the summer on her OJBA travel team, putting up big numbers while college coaches watched.
After a pair of 20-plus point games in a tournament in San Diego, the 17-year-old received a text from Sacramento State assistant basketball coach Bill Baxter.
“He said ‘I like how you play and we are interested in you,’” Olivares said. The coach went on to ask her if she would be interested in coming up for an official visit.
Before the summer started, Olivares had written down three schools that she hoped would be interested in her. Sacramento State was one of them.
“All the offers I had received were out of state,” Olivares said. “I was open to a visit. But my heart was in California. The minute I set foot on the campus, I could see myself going there.”
Kenna Squier, 5-10 PG, Pope John HS (Sparta, NJ): committed to NJIT “about a month ago.”
After already accomplishing so many things before her final year of high school, Squier can now call herself a Division-I player after verbally committing to New Jersey Institute of Technology about a month ago.
After suffering a disappointing 4-26 season in 2017-18, NJIT hired Mike Lane as the university’s 12th head coach. The freshness of the entirely new coaching staff really endeared Squier to the school. Playing Division-I basketball was something she envisioned once she began high school.
“The location was a big factor, but the main factor is that it is a new program that they are building with a new coaching staff,” Squier said. “It was really something I wanted to be a part of. In my freshman year, I was working out with some coaches and one of them approached me and asked me if I ever thought about playing Division-I basketball because he saw that potential in me. From then on, I saw something that I would really love to do. I knew it would be hard to get there, so I’m very happy.”
Kierstan Bell, 6-1 G, Canton McKinley HS (OH): Article on Bell’s recent commitment to Ohio State (over Rutgers).
The two-time Ms. Basketball winner had offers from dozens of schools across the nation and seriously considered Rutgers before verbally committing to Ohio State on Saturday.
“(Rutgers head coach) Vivian Stringer, I love her to death,” said Bell, the No. 1 ranked guard in the United States and fifth-ranked prospect in Class of 2019, according to ESPN. “It was a hard decision, but I was just going with my heart. I was born and raised in Ohio. It’s two hours away, so my family and friends can come see me. I didn’t want to be too far from home, so it’s a great fit.”
Makenna Marisa, 5-11 SG, Peters Township HS (PA): Recruiting update on Marisa, who picked up offers from Baylor and Washington in August.
Since then, Marisa has seen her recruitment pick up quite a bit. She said she has more than two dozen offers, the latest coming Tuesday from Big 12 power Baylor. Marisa said Penn State, Villanova, Duquesne, Pitt, Michigan and West Virginia are a few of the schools that stick out. Marisa plans on taking some visits in September and hopes to make a decision by early October.
“I have a list of schools and I’m not rushing the process,” Marisa said. “I’m very fortunate so many school are recruiting me.”
Katie Dettwiller, 6-4 F/C, Portsmouth Notre Dame HS (OH): Article on Dettwiller’s recent commitment to St. Francis (Pa.).
When asked why she chose Saint Francis to continue her athletic career, Dettwiller said in an interview with the Times, “The Catholic faith was evident in the athletic program and the academic aspect of the University, along with the women’s basketball program being very successful in recent years. I look forward to being part of its future success.”
Victoria Toomey, 6-1 C, Dunmore HS (PA): Article on Toomey’s recent commitment to Rider.
Fairleigh Dickinson and Mount Saint Mary’s were in the mix, and despite having some other visits scheduled, Toomey knew when she made a return visit that Rider was the right choice.
“I kind of fell in love with the school and the coaches,” Toomey said. “The thing was, I had some visits scheduled, so I was kind of nervous about committing. But that was the second time I visited.
“After the first visit, I was getting in the car and I said, ‘Mom, I love it.’ ”
Aniya Walker, 6-2 W, Ambridge HS (PA): committed to St. Francis (Pa.) over six other D-I offers.
She chose the Red Flash after considering seven NCAA Division I scholarship offers. Other offers came from Duquesne, Lafayette, Akron, Youngstown State, Columbia and North Carolina A&T.
“It’s close to home, and it seems like it’s just the right spot for me for basketball and academics,” Walker said.
Dayshanette Harris, 5-8 G, Youngstown Ursuline HS (OH): Pitt was “late to the party” but still secured Harris’s commitment.
“Pitt contacted me at the end of August. It was closer to the end of the recruiting process to they were actually a little late to the party but I’m truly happy they came along,” said Harris. “I was considering Marquette, Iowa, Ohio and Youngstown State as well. Youngstown State is five minutes from my home.”
The 5-foot-7 inch prospect visited Pitt August 6th through the 8th and was blown away by her experience. “What stood out to me and my family is how Coach White and the entire staff greeted us as soon as we got there. They were so excited that we were there,” she said. “It just felt like a family vibe and I’m really big on that. Coach White and the assistant coaches all showed me that. They all showed me that they are family, how important I am to their program and how important I am as a person. That all led to my decision.”
Taylor Boruff, 5-11 W, Taylor HS (Kokomo, IN): Feature on Boruff’s recent commitment to High Point.
Boruff said the chance to play under [High Point head coach DeUnna] Hendrix, mixed with her first impressions of the campus and program when she visited a few weeks ago, was more than enough to seal the deal.
“Really what got my attention, it was obviously coach Hendrix,” Boruff said. “I’ve known her for a while and just the fact that she came from Kokomo and she was a standout there, that really pushed me to want to go on a visit and check everything out.
“Once I got on campus, being around her and the coaching staff and then seeing how nice the campus was, it was by far I think the most beautiful place I’ve been. Just a combination of all of that, I just knew it was a place for me.
Emilee Ebert, 6-0 G, Frankfort HS (KS): recruiting update in the tweet below. See also this feature on her.
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.