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.”