2019 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, April–December 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.”


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