Women’s basketball commitments, decommitments, unofficial and official visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Nyayongah Gony, 6-2 W, Lincoln HS (NE): The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Gony has offers from Florida State, Louisville, and Nebraska.
Gony also is receiving Division I interest. She has offers from Nebraska, Louisville and Florida State.
Kendall Renard, 6-3 F/C, Green Bay Preble HS (WI): committed to Green Bay, giving the Phoenix three commits for 2020. Renard chose Green Bay over Illinois State, IUPUI, Miami (OH), North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, and Toledo.
Part of why Renard picked the Phoenix is the same reason a lot of area girls do.
“My friends and family are here, and it’s a winning program in history,” said Renard about a UWGB team that has captured 20 straight Horizon League regular season championships and has been to the NCAA tournament each of the last four seasons and 18 times overall. “I like the community and the campus.
“There was maybe like two or three other ones I was seriously considering, and I could see myself there, but it just came down to this community and GB. The more I thought about it, GB just stood out.”
Aaliyah Morgan, 6-1 C, Robert E. Lee HS (Tyler, TX): committed to TCU, their first 2020 commit. She was ranked #49 nationally by espnW at the time of her commitment. Morgan’s other offers were Abilene Christian, Louisiana Tech, UTSA, Texas State, North Texas, Wichita State, and Penn.
Katelyn Levings, 6-3 F, Edmond Memorial HS (OK): committed to Arizona State. At the time of her commitment, she was ranked #52 in 2020 class by espnW. This is the second 2020 commit for the Sun Devils; the first was Keeli Burton, 6-3 F/C, Eastlake HS (Sammamish, WA).
“I’ve always grown up around the Big 12 and that’s where I saw myself playing,” said Levings, currently a junior at Edmonds Memorial High School. “Once I expanded where I was looking and looked into the Pac-12 and the way they play ball, it was more my style. More positionless, into all aspects of the game and super competitive. That makes it all the more fun.”
Caroline Strande, 5-11 G, Racine Lutheran HS (WI): Racine Journal Times article provides some further details on Strande’s recent commitment to Bradley.
“I just felt it was a great fit for me right now,” said Strande, when asked why she made her decision early. “I fit in great with their style of play. They’re very uptempo and that fits in great with my skill set.
“I’ll be able to play right away and make an immediate impact. And also, they have great players in the program right now and a great coaching staff.”
Mady Draak, 6-1 C, Bay Port HS (Green Bay, WI): A Green Bay Press-Gazette feature on Draak includes this recruiting update:
Draak blossomed midway through her sophomore season. She received her first Division I offer from Northern Illinois University in July and has offers from DII Michigan Tech and Truman State.
On Friday, she boarded a plane to Connecticut for a visit with Yale University. Harvard likely is next.
She’s a dedicated student who hopes to be an engineer after college. She once skipped a basketball tournament for a robotics one.
Maddie Krull, 5-10 PG, Millard South HS (Omaha, NE): committed to South Dakota, over Drake, Wichita State, and Colorado State.
Krull had many NCAA Division I offers. She narrowed her final list to South Dakota, Drake, Wichita State and Colorado State before picking the Coyotes.
“Every time I went there, it felt like home,” Krull said. “Watching their practices, they were intense and it was loud and it just felt like the way we do things at All Nebraska Attack and at Millard South.”
Kendall Bostic, 6-1 F/C, Northwestern HS (Kokomo, IN): The Kokomo Tribune reports on Bostic’s commitment to Michigan State. Madison Layden, her HS teammate, committed to a Big Ten rival, Purdue, about three weeks earlier (see below).
“They checked off so many different boxes,” Bostic said in an interview later Sunday. “I want to go into pediatric speech language pathology and they have a nationally ranked program for that. They have a winning basketball atmosphere. The type of girls they have on their team, it’s a really good culture. And they’re big into outreach in different things in the community and that also was really big for me.”
Lindsey Linard, 6-3 C, Medina HS (OH): More on Linard’s recent commitment to Duquesne from the Medina County Gazette.
The junior selected the Pennsylvania school over Miami of Ohio, Youngstown State and Kent State, among others, and will receive a full scholarship that will cover the $35,000 yearly tuition, including a redshirt freshman season.
“They just have so many different things to offer that I liked,” she said. “First of all, the campus being in downtown Pittsburgh is really cool, and I loved their coaching staff.
“They have a unique team culture where half their team (seven in 2018-19) is not from the U.S. They have a lot of people from Europe and Canada, and they recruit all over the world. I thought that was pretty cool, because last year we had Klara (Bergholtz) from Sweden and she became one of my best friends.”
Ellie Foster, 5-10 PG, Dike-New Hartford HS (IA): Brief article on Foster’s commitment to Green Bay in late September. She chose the Phoenix over Illinois State and South Dakota State.
“My parents and I didn’t want to rush into things too fast,” Foster said. “After looking at all the factors and being able to visit some other great schools, I just knew in my heart that is really where I wanted to go.”
Raigan Reed, 5-7 PG, Lake Stevens HS (WA): Feature on Reed’s recent commitment to Boise State. She also had offers from Washington State and Montana State.
“The coaches are so genuine,” said Reed, who also had offers from Washington State and Montana State. “I love the environment there and how it’s so family based. I loved the town, and the way they coach fits my style (of play) perfectly.”
Reed, an athletic, 5-foot-7 guard, has the ability to stretch the floor with her 3-point shooting and the quickness to slash to the basket and score off the dribble.
“(The coaches) made it clear it doesn’t matter what grade you’re in. If you’re performing out there, then you’re gonna play,” Reed said. “So I know if I keep working hard, I can play right away.”
Keeli Burton, 6-3 F/C, Eastlake HS (Sammamish, WA): committed to Arizona State, the first 2020 commit for the Sun Devils. She recently visited Tempe, having earlier visited Oklahoma State, Michigan, Alabama, Washington State, Oregon State, and UTEP.
“She might be the quickest big kid I’ve ever seen,” Blazers coach Steve Klees said. “I’ve got a pretty good idea what it takes to play in the Pac-12. She can play in the Pac-12 and if she gets in tip-top shape she can be an all-conference player.”
Taryn Scheuermann, 6-3 F, Van Buren HS (Keosauqua, IA): committed to Northern Iowa, becoming the Panthers’ fourth commit in the 2020 class. All four are in-staters, with the other three being guards: Emerson Green, Kayba Laube, and Maya McDermott. See 2020 Commitments for details.
Scheuermann received an offer from Western Illinois eight months ago, shortly after Leathernecks coach JD Gravina watched her have one of her better games of the season against West Burlington. She was also leaning toward Liberty University in Virginia, and had been in contact with Iowa.
But there was something about UNI that stood out.
“You feel like they truly cared. I just loved the campus, and the way they play basketball,” Scheuermann said. “It just felt like the best fit. I really felt at home there.”
Kendall Renard, 6-3 F/C, Green Bay Preble HS (WI): The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Renard has six D-I offers: Illinois State, IUPUI, Miami (OH), North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, and Toledo.
The 6-foot-3 junior forward has made visits to Illinois State, IUPUI, Northern Illinois and Toledo. She has scholarship offers from all four, as well as Miami of Ohio and North Dakota State.
She also is expected to visit the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Marquette.
Sarah Ashlee Barker, 5-9 G, Spain Park HS (Hoover, AL): committed to Georgia, over Alabama (where her father and her brother played/play football) and Auburn.
Her visit to campus last weekend and attending the Georgia football game left no doubt about where she wants to spend her post-high school years.
“People say there’s something special in Athens and it’s so true,” Barker told the Hoover Sun. “It was like I was already part of the family. The atmosphere is crazy. I literally had chill bumps standing on the sidelines.”
Barker’s last name is already well-known throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeastern Conference footprint. Her father, Jay, led the University of Alabama to the 1992 national championship. Her brother, Braxton, is a quarterback at Alabama now.
“At Alabama, there’s already a story, and I kind of want to make my own story and name for myself and I feel like it’s a perfect opportunity,” she said.
Kiara Fisher, 5-6 PG, Elmira HS (NY): WENY reports on Fisher becoming the first 2020 commitment for Syracuse.
Regarding her decision, Fisher says, “Syracuse has always been my family’s favorite team and I’ve always dreamed of playing there. That was the first school I ever dreamed of playing at. As I was continuing to go to visits and camps, it just felt more like home every single time.”
Jasmine Clerkley, 5-11 F, Okemos HS (MI): announced that she was decommitting from Michigan State. Clerkley, currently ranked #47 in the 2020 class by espnW, had committed to MSU in January 2018. She had been the Spartans’ only 2020 commit.
Madison Layden, 6-1 G, Northwestern HS (Kokomo, IN): Kokomo Tribune article on Layden’s commitment to Purdue.
“I really felt a connection with the coaches and the players on the team,” Layden said in an interview later Sunday. “I just wanted to go ahead and commit now rather than wait so I can focus on the high school team this year and work on my game individually.”
Northwestern is the defending Class 3A state champion.
Layden picked Purdue over Ball State, Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Michigan and Toledo.
Annabelle Schultz, 5-7 PG, Carolina Day School (Asheville, NC): Article on Schultz’s commitment to Wofford.
Annabelle said the decision to commit to Wofford’s women’s basketball program was an easy one.
“Just as college coaches have their checklist on what they are looking for in a student-athlete, so did I,” she said. “Wofford fulfilled all my boxes. I fell in love with the feel of the campus and the people, from the students to the facility. Wofford is a lot like Carolina Day in a sense that it is very community and family oriented. It is a great academic school.”
Amirah Abdur-Rahim, 6-2 F, St. Francis (Alpharetta, GA): Feature on Abdur-Rahim notes that she has 15+ offers, with Georgia “a lock to be one of her finalists.” Florida, North Carolina State, and Vanderbilt are the only other interested schools named.
A 6-2 forward and the No. 60 player in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2020 class, Abdur-Rahim already has more than 15 college scholarship offers.
She has yet to list her top five schools, but she said the University of Georgia, where her brother, Amir, is an assistant coach for men’s basketball, is a lock to be one of her finalists. NC State, Florida and Vanderbilt are among the other schools involved, but Amir may give the Bulldogs an edge for now.
“Amir and I share the same name, kind of,” said Amirah, who lives in Marietta, about two hours away from the Georgia campus. “We are alike in multiple ways.”
Courtney Becker, 6-0 W, Aquinas HS (La Crosse, WI): Volleyball-focused article lists basketball offers for Becker: Green Bay, North Dakota State, Bradley, Drake, and Colgate.
Theusch played with Becker at Cochrane-Fountain City High School before the two transferred to Aquinas as sophomores and is more familiar with Becker’s strength than any other Blugold.
“Her basketball IQ is really high, and that’s one of the things that makes her such a good basketball player,” Theusch said of Becker, who has Division I basketball scholarship offers from UW-Green Bay, North Dakota State, Bradley, Drake and Colgate. “It’s the same with volleyball. She can jump high and hit the ball really hard, but she is a really smart player and always knows what she needs to be doing.”
Sophie Tougas, 6-0 SG, Brewster Academy (NH): Local paper provides a rundown of the nine offers Tougas has received, including several new ones.
Tougas, a 6-foot shooting guard, picked up four offers in a span of about three weeks recently — from the University at Albany, Seton Hall, George Mason and Lafayette. They add to the five offers she has already received, from Siena, UMass-Lowell, Rhode Island, Colgate and Cal State-Bakersfield.
Sakeria Haralson, 6-1 F, Bellwood-Antis HS (PA): Feature on Haralson’s commitment to Monmouth back in June.
Many things played a major role in Sakeria’s decision. Monmouth had everything she wanted and needed.
“It’s a smaller college, a more family feel, and the best thing is I’ll have more time to come back home to visit,” said Sakeria.
Mallory McDermott, 5-7 SG, Prairie HS (Cedar Rapids, IA): committed to Western Illinois, their first 2020 commit.
“A lot of people say 5-7 is too small for a shooting guard,” McDermott said Monday morning, confirming her oral commitment to play women’s basketball at Western Illinois University. “But I had a good conversation with (former WIU point guard) Emily Clemens, and she said I’ll be fine.”
Now an assistant coach, the diminutive Clemens was the Horizon League player of the year and led the Leathernecks to the NCAA tournament in 2017.
Leah Earnest, 5-11 G, Stevens Point Area Senior High (WI): became Valparaiso‘s first 2020 commit, with a Labor Day decision.
On Labor Day, Earnest called Evans to inform her future college coach she was committing to the Crusaders. She is their first commit in the 2020 class.
“I pretty much knew inside right away. (Valparaiso) checked all the boxes for me,” said Earnest of her decision to commit. “I figured why wait for something else when you know there is not going to be something better than what you already have?
“I’m really excited. Shock is a pretty good word. It all came together faster than I could have imagined.”
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