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

Madison Campbell, 5-11 G, Clovis West HS (CA): recently took an official visit to Southern Cal. That was her second official, following the one to Indiana in April. At last word, she was planning one to three more officials, before making her commitment “far before her senior season.” (5/27/2018)

Fran Belibi, 6-1 F, Regis Jesuit HS (CO): committed to Stanford. Ranked #33 in the 2019 class by espnW, she’s the second 2019 commit for the Cardinal, joining Hannah Jump, 5-11 G, Pinewood HS (CA), who’s ranked #55. (5/21/2018)

Belibi, a junior, chose the Cardinal over Notre Dame, Harvard and Princeton, according to Regis Jesuit coach Carl Mattei.

Kyra White, 5-10 G, Judson HS (Converse, TX), took an official visit to SMU over the weekend. It’s unknown which other schools she might be considering, but she reportedly had home visits with San Diego State and Tulane in March. (5/21/2018)

Cat Almeida, 6-4 F, Shenendehowa HS (NY): committed to Quinnipiac, over South Alabama, Hofstra, Fairfield, Manhattan, and Binghamton, among others. (5/14/2018)

“I visited there almost two years ago,” Almeida said. “I really liked it. I took a second visit and from the moment I walked on campus, I felt it was right for me. I did other visits and listened. When (Quinnipiac) offered, I was thrilled and ready to go.

“I think I planned on having it done before my senior year started. I thought I was going to wait until later in the summer, but this was the place I wanted to go.”

Almeida selected the Bobcats over such programs as South Alabama, Hofstra, Fairfield, Manhattan and Binghamton. She also had offers from schools close and from all across the country.

Olivia Snyder, 6-0 SG, Southern Lehigh HS (Center Valley, PA): recently committed to Georgetown, over Boston College and Harvard. (5/11/2018)

Snyder had over 50 full scholarships offered to her and narrowed her final choices to Boston College, Harvard and Georgetown. She started visiting colleges her freshman year as a way to ease the pressure she knew would come her way the last several months.

“It’s a very stressful process,” Snyder said. “A week before I planned to make my decision I’m getting curveballs thrown at me from different colleges.”

She laid off those pitches, though.

“There are a bunch of reasons why I chose Georgetown,” said Snyder, who will study to become a surgeon. “It’s closer than BC or Harvard plus I have family that lives in Maryland just 10 minutes away. So that’s comforting. And it’s a great medical school with a beautiful campus. It’s all I could ask for and more.”

Jordan Horston, 6-1 G, Columbus Africentric HS (OH): Horston, ranked in the top ten in the 2019 class, has set up two more official visits: UConn, the weekend of June 1, and South Carolina, the weekend of June 29. She will also officially visit Tennessee, with that visit still to be scheduled. These visits will follow the first two officials she took, to North Carolina and UCLA. Still in contention for Horston, in what is her final seven, are Louisville and Ohio State (so Texas and Michigan State—both mentioned as in the mix fairly recently—are among those now out of the running). She has already visited Louisville and Ohio State multiple times, and she plans to visit each unofficially once more, most likely by the end of June. Her plan as of now is to make her commitment sometime in July. (5/10/2018)

Taylor Jones, 6-3 C, Dallas Christian HS (TX): committed to Oregon State. In January 2018 she had announced a top ten of Baylor, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, and UCLA, but it appears she took official visits to just Florida State and Oregon State before making her choice. At the time of her commitment, she was ranked #28 in the 2019 class by espnW. (5/6/2018)

Jennifer Ezeh, 6-3 F, New Hope Academy (MD): committed to Duke, over Michigan State, Mississippi State, and West Virginia. (5/3/2018)

Julia Hintz, 5-8 PG, New Berlin Eisenhower HS (WI): committed to Milwaukee., six days after the program extended her an offer, her first from a D-I school. (5/3/2018)

“UWM was always top on my list,” she said. “They were always something I always considered even if I didn’t have the scholarship, I just like that it was super close to home. I’m really close with my family. My dad and I always went to the gym and shot. He means a lot to me and for him to be able to come to the games would mean a lot.”

Annie Stritzel, 5-10 G, Nazareth Academy (La Grange, IL): committed to Harvard, over DePaul and Columbia. (4/30/2018)

Stritzel wanted to make her decision before the summer so she could enjoy her AAU season and senior year at Nazareth, saying she wasn’t a fan of the recruiting process. She strongly considered DePaul and Columbia before deciding Harvard was too good to pass up.

“Once I started being recruited by the Ivy League schools, I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” Stritzel said. “I’ve talked to the coach and she said they struggle to score, so that’s where I can help out.”

Sania Wells, 5-7 PG, East Central HS (MS): committed to Auburn, over LSU, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Boston University, and South Alabama. “Vanderbilt also began to show interest in recent weeks.” (4/30/2018)

“I had my options for a while,” she said. “After my last AAU tournament, me and my parents sat down and had a talk. My heart has been at Auburn for a while. I finally made it official.”

For Wells, it’s a dream come true to compete in the SEC.

“Ever since I’ve been playing, I’ve been wanting to play in the SEC,” she said.


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