2019 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, April–December 2018

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.



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