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.