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.
McKinley Brooks-Sumpter, 5-9 G, Flora HS (Columbia, SC): announced her commitment to Alabama A&M (SWAC).
Madalyn Anderson, a 5-9 shooting guard out of Ontario, Canada, has committed to North Carolina Central (MEAC).
Natasha Mack, 6-4 juco sophomore center at Angelina College (TX): is taking an official visit to Wichita State this weekend. She visited Missouri and Oklahoma State in December. Her other two finalists are St. John’s and Virginia Tech. Mack plans to commit in late April.
Tennessee signee Emily Saunders says she is sticking with her commitment in the wake of Holly Warlick‘s departure. Saunder is a 6-4 center out of Wyoming East HS (New Richmond, WV).
“At first I was in shock because Holly was the one that recruited me and I had built a really good relationship with the coaching staff and we are all very close.” Saunders said. “Holly came down on a home visit and offered me. She was very involved in my recruiting.”
For some players, the first thought after news of that magnitude would be to seek a transfer. Saunders never wavered in her commitment to Tennessee.
“No, never at all,” Saunders said when asked about any thoughts of a transfer. “I have worked really hard to get this opportunity and no matter what, (Tennessee) is where I want to be. The school suits me and I have really good relationships with the girls on the team.”
Jenna Jordan, 6-1 C, Saddle River Day School (NJ): announced that she was reopening her recruitment. She had signed with LIU Brooklyn in the fall, but that school is apparently changing coaches, although there’s been no official press release from the school. The athletic programs of LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post are also in the process of merging, which Jordan cited as another factor in her decision.
Clare Traeger, 5-11 G/F, Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX): announced her commitment to Binghamton (America East).
Quote from Tennessee signee Jordan Horston following the dismissal of Vols coach Holly Warlick:
“I love Tennessee, and I love Holly,” she said. “I guess I’ll have to sleep on this whole situation. I really don’t want to talk about it.”
Sierra McCullough, 6-2 C, South Pointe HS (Rock Hill, SC): announced her commitment to Charlotte (C-USA).
Nyasia Palmer, 5-10 G, Pius XI HS (Milwaukee, WI): committed to North Carolina Central (MEAC).
Abigail Robinson, 6-1 F/C, Putnam Science Academy (CT): announced her commitment to Albany (America East). Her hometown is Mount Vernon, NY.
Chaniqwa Gilliam, 5-9 G, Lake Taylor HS (Norfolk, VA): committed to William & Mary (CAA).
Jayla Alexander, 5-9 G, Pearl HS (MS): announced her commitment to Ole Miss, after receiving an offer from the school two weeks ago.
The following schools had reportedly also offered Alexander: Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Virginia, Cleveland State, Texas Southern, Grambling State, UT Martin, Lamar, Southern Miss, and Jacksonville.
The Rebels inked four players during the early signing period.
Signing with Ole Miss are junior college post player Dominique Banks (Atlanta, Ga./Gulf Coast State CC), wing Sarah Dumitrescu (Bucharest, Romania / IMG Academy), post Tai-Yanna Jackson (East Chicago, Ind./East Chicago Central HS) and junior college point guard Valerie Nesbitt (Nassau, Bahamas/Chipola College).
Virginia picked up two commitments in the 2019 class:
Yanni Hendley, 5-7 PG, Riverdale Baptist School (Upper Marlboro, MD)
Dylan Horton, 5-9 SG, Redondo Union HS (Redondo Beach, CA)
Ivy Turner, 5-6 PG, Danville HS (KY): announced her commitment to Northern Kentucky (Horizon).
Abbe Laurence, 6-1 C, Portsmouth HS (NH): announced her commitment to Maine (America East).
UPDATE (3/19): Laurence chose Maine over Brown and Manhattan, according to a Portsmouth Herald article.
Laurence, a 6-foot-2 senior standout, has accepted a full scholarship to play basketball at Maine starting next season. She chose that program over two other offers she’d recently received from Brown and Manhattan. The offer from Brown, an Ivy League program, would have been comprised of a spot on the team and financial aid.
″(Maine) was a very community-based, family-oriented school,” she said. “My four years at Portsmouth, we were always known to be a close team. We called (coach Tim Hopley) our second father.
“Basketball’s completely a family sport and that’s the vibe I got at Maine.”
The Lady Vols signed three 2019 prospects during the early signing period: Jordan Horston, Tamari Key, and Emily Saunders.
Nena Taylor, 5-9 SG, Parsons HS (KS), announced her commitment to Oral Roberts (Summit).