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

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.



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