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.
Megan Jones, 6-3 forward out of Ayr, Scotland: announced her commitment to UC Davis (Big West). She had originally signed with American.
Sierra McCullough, 6-2 C, South Pointe HS (Rock Hill, SC): picked up an offer this week from Charlotte, noted in this article. She was at one time committed to East Carolina but reopened her recruitment.
Anna Kahelin, 5-10 guard of Finland: committed to Maine (America East).
Tahanee Bennell, 5-8 sophomore G, Northern Oklahoma College (juco): announced her commitment to Austin Peay (OVC). She’s originally from Turners Beach, Tasmania, Australia.
Helena Pueyo, 6-0 guard out of Palma de Mallorca, Spain: committed to Arizona. She is the fifth member of the Wildcats’ 2019 class—all of whom are international recruits—after the program signed four in November 2018: Birna Benonysdottir (Iceland), Sevval Gul (Turkey), Tara Manumaleuga (Australia), and Mara Mote (Latvia). Manumaleuga enrolled early, joining the team last month, but she won’t play until the 2019-20 season.
Abbe Laurence, 6-1 C, Portsmouth HS (NH): A feature article on Laurence notes the three offers she has gotten this month—Brown, Manhattan, and Maine—and mentions she’s looking to make a decision by April or even sooner. She recently took an official visit to Maine and has other visits coming up. But she’s also considering going the postgrad route.
Laurence, who only began playing basketball in the seventh grade, said she’d like to make a decision about her future by April, maybe sooner. A young senior (she won’t turn 18 until September), she’s also applied to three prep schools in case she determines a post-graduate year is the way to go.
“Right now, I’m just thinking about all my options,” she said Tuesday. “I feel so lucky that this has happened. I can’t thank ‘Hop’ and Kara Leary and my other coaches enough.”
Maya Hyacienth, 5-10 shooting guard out of England: committed to Rider (MAAC).
Lyric Turner, 5-6 sophomore G, Chipola College (FL juco): committed to Delaware State (MEAC). She attended Mansfield Legacy HS (TX).
Jayla Alexander, 5-9 G, Pearl HS (MS): picked up an offer from Southern Miss; previously reported offers: Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Virginia, Cleveland State, Texas Southern, Grambling State, UT Martin, and Lamar.
Jo’Nah Johnson, 5-9 sophomore PG, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (juco): was offered by Ole Miss.
Imani Harris, 6-2 C, Benson Tech HS (Portland, OR): has offers from Portland and Coppin State, according to this article.
Imani Harris is a 6-2 post who has offers from the Portland Pilots and Coppin State, according to Knox. A presence in the paint as a defender and rebounder, Harris averages nine points and 4.3 rebounds.
Knox says Harris has improved more than any of her teammates since middle school and is “one of the most committed kids I know.”
Suzi-Rose Deegan, 5-9 guard out of Perth, Australia: committed to Davidson (A-10). This article on her from October 2018 focuses on her unique shooting style, developed because she is blind in one eye.
Evelien Lutje Schipholt, 6-1 forward out of The Hague, Netherlands: committed to Cal. The Golden Bears picked up a 2019 commitment in January from Jazlen Green, 5-10 SG, Lakeside HS (Lake Elsinore, CA). And two guards—Cailyn Crocker and Lauren Fields—signed with Cal in November 2018.
Ahsha Spencer, 5-8 G, Oak Park and River Forest HS (IL): took her first official visit this weekend, to North Dakota State. Spencer received an offer from UIC earlier this month.
Zappora Johnson, 6-3 C, Westridge Academy (Kernersville, NC): announced her commitment to Chicago State (WAC).