Coverage of the women’s basketball 2019 recruiting class: offers, commitments, decommitments, unofficial and official visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
Sevval Istanbulluoglu, a 6-2 wing out of Istanbul, Turkey, has signed with Siena (MAAC).
The Siena Saints women’s basketball program and head coach Ali Jaques have signed Sevval Istanbulluoglu to a financial aid agreement, adding her to the program starting in the 2019-20 school year. The native of Istanbul, Turkey, a 6-2 wing, is slated to begin classes in the fall.
“Sevval is a highly skilled wing with great size and scoring potential,” said Jaques. “I anticipate her making an immediate impact. Most importantly, she is a great young lady with high character. We are excited she is a Siena Saint!”
Ania Makurat, a 6-0 guard out of Poland, announced her commitment to UConn (AAC).
UPDATE: officially signed
Arizona adds a fifth player to its 2019 recruiting class: Helena Pueyo, a 6-1 guard out of Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Head coach Adia Barnes and the Arizona women’s basketball team received a National Letter of Intent from Helena Pueyo, a 6’1″ versatile guard who is considered one of the top European players in her age group.
With Tara Manumaleuga on campus already, Pueyo will join Birna Benonysdottir, Sevval Gul and Mara Mote to round out the class of five.
Emily Ward, 6-0 F, Benton HS (LA): will be joining the LSU team as a preferred walk-on.
Ward has accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at LSU.
She averaged 20.2 points and 13.4 rebounds a game during Benton High’s 2018-2019 Class 4-A state championship season. Ward was a Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association first-team all-state pick as Benton posted a dominant 38-5 record.
Natasha Mack, 6-4 juco sophomore center out of Angelina College (TX), announced her commitment to Oklahoma State. Her other finalists were Missouri, St. John’s, Virginia Tech, and Wichita State.
Wiebke Schwartau, a 6-6 juco sophomore center out of Midland College (TX), committed to Towson (CAA). She’s originally from Berlin, Germany.
Evansville (MVC) announces the signing of three juco transfers: Felicia Bostrom, Alva Soderberg, and Alexis Thomas.
Zuzia Kulińska, 6-0 G, New York Military Academy (Cornwall, NY): landed offers from Colorado, Old Dominion, and Wake Forest.
Courtney Whitson, 6-0 F, Dobyns-Bennett HS (Kingsport, TN): signed with Middle Tennessee (C-USA).
Jo’Nah Johnson, a 5-9 juco sophomore point guard out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, has announced her commitment to Western Kentucky (C-USA).
Oklahoma State picks up a 2019 commitment from Micah Dennis, a 5-8 point guard out of Toronto.
Yemiyah Morris, a 6-6 juco sophomore center out of Cochise College, announced her commitment to Mississippi State.
Texas Tech officially announces the signing of juco transfer Emma Villas-Gomis.
The 6-3 talent will fit well in the Texas Tech positionless system. Villas-Gomis is the first-ever player to join the Lady Raiders from Fontenay-Sous-Bois, France.
Mikenzie Harvin, 5-8 PG, Lexington Senior HS (NC): committed to Navy (Patriot League).
“To me it’s beyond an honor,” Harvin said. Being able to attend the Naval Academy is not something that you hear every day. I got accepted into several different colleges and universities. However, none of them competed to the Academy, whether it be academically, athletically, morally, you name it.”
Diamond Forrest, a 6-5 juco sophomore center out of Walters State CC, has announced her commitment to Wichita State (AAC). Her hometown is Smyrna, Tennessee.
Kiara Dallmann, a 6-2 juco sophomore forward out of Iowa Western CC, has signed with DePaul (Big East). She’s originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.