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.
After signing with Mississippi State last fall, then getting her release in June and signing with Texas, but then not enrolling there, Esmery Martinez, 6-2 W, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, TN)/Dominican Republic, has now been added to the roster at West Virginia.
West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announced Tuesday the addition of forward Esmery Martinez (Hato Mayor Del Ray, Dominican Republic/Hamilton Heights Academy) to the Mountaineer roster for the upcoming season.
A 6-2 forward from Hato Mayor Del Ray in the Dominican Republic, Martinez comes to Morgantown after a standout prep career at national powerhouse Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Under the direction of coach Keisha Hunt, Martinez averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.9 blocks per game during her career with the Hawks. She helped the program finish as the runner-up at the 2018 Geico High School Nationals Tournament, earning all-tournament team honors for her performance. In 2017, Martinez was named the MVP of the girls’ camp of Basketball Without Borders Americas.
St. Bonaventure (A-10) announces the signing of Jurnee President, a 5-10 juco transfer guard out of New Mexico JC. She hails from Fort Worth, Texas.
Jurnee President, a 5-10 guard from Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming announced. President will be a junior with two seasons of eligibility.
President, who will be eligible for the 2019-20 season, spent the last two seasons at New Mexico Junior College, helping her team compile a record of 59-10 over the two-year span. As a sophomore, she started in all 35 games, averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while helping the Thunderbirds to a National Junior College Athletics Association Division I National Tournament berth and the National Championship Game. She shot 89 percent at the foul line and sank 54 3s during her sophomore season. New Mexico Junior College was ranked No. 1 in the first NJCAA Division I Top 25 poll of the season and spent several weeks ranked in the top 10.
Texas signee Esmery Martinez will not enroll at the school.
Esmery Martinez, the No. 13 forward in the class of 2019 who signed to play basketball for @TexasWBB in June, will not enroll in school, per UT official. Texas will have no further comment @statesman #Onemore
— Rick Cantu (@Rickyprep) August 7, 2019
Adela Smutna, a 6-0 forward out of Hranice, Czech Republic, has signed with Northwest College, a juco in Powell, Wyoming. She reportedly “was heavily recruited by several four-year programs.”
Levett had heard through sources that Smutna was fielding offers from schools in the Pac-12, the Big East and “a bunch of mid-major programs.” With that much interest, Levett didn’t like his chances, but the second-year coach is nothing if not persistent.
“We went a couple of months without talking, and I hit her [Smutna] up again,” he said. “Her agent basically just said, ‘Hey, you know what? If you send us an offer, we check you guys out, we’ll sign it and send it back.’ I got our AD to sign the letter of intent, I went and found President [Stefani] Hicswa and she signed it. We sent it, Adela signed it, sent it back. It all really took place in one day, when we got down to it. It was crazy.”
As for what sold Smutna on NWC, Levett said the style of basketball the team likes to play, coupled with an international program that’s second-to-none in the state of Wyoming, was too good for the talented player to pass up.
Niagara (MAAC) announces an addition to their 2019 recruiting class: Angel Parker, 5-5 G, Cardinal O’Hara HS (Tonawanda, NY). She originally signed with Siena but later received her NLI release from them.
“We are excited to add Angel to our Purple Eagle family,” said Pierce. “She is not only a really good basketball player, but she is a terrific person. Angel is one of the toughest competitors on and off the court, which is why she excelled in the classroom at nearby Cardinal O’Hara High School.”
Tyler Pyburn, 5-10 W/F, Blooming Grove HS (TX): committed to Arkansas–Pine Bluff (SWAC).