2019 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, May 2019

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.

Miami (FL) announces the signing of Kenza Salgues, a 5-9 point guard from Montpellier, France. She had originally committed to Syracuse as part of their 2018 class but apparently never made it to campus.

A 5-foot-9 guard out of Montpellier, France, Salgues is the fifth member of the Hurricanes’ outstanding recruiting class. She joins Yasmeen Chang, Brianna Jackson, Moulayna Johnson Sidi Baba and Sydnee Roby as incoming Hurricanes.

“Kenza is a floor general who does the little things you cannot teach,” Meier said. “She sets up her teammates for their best shot, has great vision and can hit an array of shots from around the perimeter, as well. Kenza is a dynamic leader with a great feel for the game. With her international championship experience, we are excited to see what she can add to our very talented returning squad.”


SMU (AAC) announces two more additions to their 2019-20 roster: incoming freshman guard Desirae Mathis and juco transfer center Florence Tshimanga.

Reagan Bradley, who signed an NLI in November to play at SMU, was recently named Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Girls Basketball Player of the Year for 2019. The Little Rock Christian standout is joined in the 2019 signing class by guard Desirae Mathis and center Florence Tshimanga, head coach Travis Mays announced.


Longwood (Big South) announces three juco transfer additions: Allysah “Cookie” Boothe, Andrijana Reljic, and Tra’Dayja Smith.

Boothe and Reljic join the Lancers after a season as teammates at Western Nebraska and bring a pedigree of success that saw them help the Cougars win 29 games in 2018-19. Meanwhile, Smith started all 70 games of her two-year stint at Trinity Valley, leading the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back NJCAA Final Four appearances and a trip to the NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship game in a program that has totaled 60 wins in her two seasons.

The three standouts will begin their careers at Longwood as juniors and join a list of seven incoming players to bolster the Longwood roster that include Anne-Hamilton Leroy, Tayonna Robertson, Adriana Shipp and Kyla McMakin.


St. Francis Brooklyn announces four additions to 2019-20 roster: incoming freshmen Alyssa Fisher, Jenna Jordan, and Jada McMillan, along with Melody Van Ness (a transfer from UMBC, although she was not on their 2018-19 roster).

St. Francis Brooklyn women’s basketball head coach Linda Cimino announced today the additions of Alyssa Fisher, Jenna Jordan, Jada McMillan, and Melody Van Ness to the 2019-20 roster.

“Our staff was tasked with an incredible challenge to replace seven outgoing seniors. I think that we did a good job bringing in the pieces that we need to build this program and to go further. Fortunately, we have three key pieces returning in Abby Anderson, Ally Lassen, and Jade Johnson. It’s not easy to bring in so many players in one class, but our staff worked really hard, we left no stone unturned, we were in gyms all over the world, and hopefully, we’ll reap the benefits of our hard work,” said coach Cimino.


Rider (MAAC) adds two players from the United Kingdom: Maya Hyacienth and Lauren Saa.

Rider University women’s basketball Head Coach Lynn Milligan has announced the written commitment of two student-athletes for the 2019-2020 academic year. The pair of players from overseas will continue the tradition of international talent coming to Lawrenceville and join the three young ladies (Victoria Toomey, Dajahnae Brannon and Sophia DeMauro) that signed their National Letters of Intent in November. Lauren Saa (Dudley, United Kingdom/Charnwood College) and Maya Hyacienth (Nottingham, United Kingdom/City of London Academy) will join the Broncs this summer.

“Both of these young ladies are Rider players,” Milligan said. “They play hard and with heart. They both have terrific character to represent our program.”


South Florida (AAC) has signed Mihaela Lazic, a 5-6 guard out of Slavonski Brod, Croatia.

Lazic joins a stacked recruiting class that Fernandez will bring to Tampa in 2019. The incoming class will consist of freshmen Kristyna Brabencova (Brno, Czech Republic), and Maria Alvarez (Bal Harbour, Fla.), while junior college transfer Bethy Mununga (Belgium) will join the Bulls as a junior.


New Mexico State (WAC) announces the addition of Soufia Inoussa, a 5-7 combo guard out of Stockholm, Sweden.

“Soufia is an athletic combo-guard with huge upside,” Atkinson said. “She has tremendous athleticism and length so she will fit in well with our experienced back court.”


Angel Parker, 5-6 G, Cardinal O’Hara HS (Tonawanda, NY): According to the headline of this paywalled article, Parker has “decommitted.” She had signed with Siena during the early signing period.


Maya Wong, 5-8 G, Normal Community HS (IL): Wong committed to Illinois State (MVC) in August 2018 as a member of the 2020 recruiting class. She’s now decided to reclassify to the 2019 class, graduating high school a year early and arriving this fall at ISU, where she will redshirt the 2019-20 season.

That will open the door for Wong to sign a scholarship agreement with ISU. She will join the Redbirds as a scholarship player and sit out the 2019-20 season as a redshirt.

“I thought it was so great of the (ISU) coaching staff to give me the opportunity to reclassify and have an extra year there,” said Wong. “It’s really good for my future. I will have all that experience of watching them play.”


Brown (Ivy) announces a five-member 2019 recruiting class.

The group comprise student-athletes from across the continental United States with one player each from California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. The quintet includes three guards and two forwards from five different high school and AAU programs.

Brown’s Class of 2023 features guard Myla Cox (Petal, Miss.), forward Fiona Finn (West Roxbury, Mass.), guard Lexi Love (Oakland, Calif.), guard Sydney Rosant (Foster City, Ga.), and forward Dani Short (Aliquippa, Pa.).


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