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

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)


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