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.
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).
Kristýna Brabencová, 5-11 wing out of the Czech Republic: committed to South Florida (AAC).
Paris Mullins, 6-2 F, Henry County HS (McDonough, GA): announced her commitment to Tennessee State (OVC).
Jada McMillan, 5-8 G, Concord First Assembly Academy (NC): announced her commitment to St. Francis Brooklyn (NEC).
Jayla Alexander, 5-9 G, Pearl HS (MS): picked up an offer from Jacksonville; previously reported offers: Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Virginia, Cleveland State, Texas Southern, Grambling State, UT Martin, Lamar, Southern Miss, and Ole Miss.
Zoe MacKay Zacker, 5-10 G, Montini Catholic HS (Lombard, IL): announced her commitment to Valparaiso (MVC).
UDPATE (3/12): An article on MacKay Zacker’s commitment to Valpo notes how she persevered through three torn ACLs and losing Power 5 offers and still landed a scholarship at a D-I program.
MacKay Zacker hardly plays like a kid who’s been through ACL tears. Fearless, she looks forward to a future unafraid and thankful.
“People always ask me ‘Are you hesitant when you play?'” MacKay Zacker said. “If I played scared the rest of my life I wouldn’t enjoy it. It’s a mental game as well as physical. My teammates at Montini game me so much support. Just knowing how much it meant to be on the court and be a presence, it’s irreplaceable.”
Makenna Marisa, 5-11 SG, Peters Township HS (PA): The Penn State signee says she is upset about Coquese Washington being out as PSU head coach, but she intends to stick with her commitment.
It was a bittersweet day for Marisa, a Penn State signee who found out a few hours earlier that the school was parting ways with head coach Coquese Washington after 12 seasons. Marisa, who had offers from schools around the country, said she has no intentions on looking elsewhere.
“I was really, really upset about it. I still am. But I love Penn State. I definitely don’t plan on leaving,” Marisa said.
Katrice Jackson, 6-0 F, Dutch Fork HS (Irmo, SC): took an official visit to Wagner.
Ahsha Spencer, 5-8 G, Oak Park and River Forest HS (IL): announced her commitment to UIC (Horizon).
Moulayna Johnson Sidi Baba, 6-0 shooting guard out of Stockholm, Sweden: committed to Miami (FL). The Hurricanes inked three 2019 prospects in the early signing period: Yasmeen Chang, Brianna Jackson, and Sydnee Roby. And they will also add Mississippi State transfer Jacaira Allen, who will be eligible in 2019-20 midyear.
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