2020 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, June 2019

Coverage of the women’s basketball 2020 recruiting class: offers, commitments, decommitments, official and unofficial visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order.

Jillian Hayes, 5-10 G, Loveland HS (OH): announced her commitment to Cincinnati (AAC). Hayes is the second 2020 commit for the Bearcats. The first was Caitlin Elseser, 6-3 C/F, Liberty Benton HS (Findlay, OH).


Leia Beattie, 5-9 G, Midland Classical Academy (TX): committed to Montana State (Big Sky) yesterday, becoming their sixth 2020 commit (see the 2020 Commitments page for the full list).

Beattie said she chose MSU because of her comfort level with the coaching staff headed by Tricia Binford and because of the school’s close proximity to her relatives in Montana. Beattie also considered fellow Big Sky program Northern Arizona along with Lone Star Conference schools U.T.-Permian Basin, Angelo State and West Texas A&M.

“I had really built a great relationship with the coaches and I really believe in what they’ve built there at that program,” Beattie said. “I’m so excited to play for them. I love all the coaches. I do have some family in Montana, so there’s definitely some incentive there to get to spend more time with them. I really love the program. I think with their style of play, I will be able to fit in well in that way.”


Nadeshka Bridgewater, 5-3 PG, Central Catholic HS (Lawrence, MA): committed to Merrimack (NEC), their first 2020 commit.


Maddie Puletti, 5-8 G, Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, OH): The Willoughby News-Herald has more on Puletti’s commitment to Detroit Mercy earlier this month.

Puletti chose Detroit Mercy over Niagara and Baldwin Wallace. She said Youngstown State, Ball State and a number of Division III schools also showed interest.

Visits to Detroit Mercy, plus the draw of getting to play basketball again with Corcoran, helped solidify Puletti’s decision to play in Michigan.

“When I visited there, it reminded me a lot of Gilmour,” she said. “I loved that feeling. It’s a smaller school. Class sizes are around 14 to 20 kids per class. When I’m out of town for basketball, I’ll be able to get a lot more help from teachers I might not get at bigger schools.”


Offers Reported on June 25

  • Brooke Anya, 6-0 F, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Potomac, MD): Longwood
  • Katie Davidson, 5-11 G, Lawrence North HS (Indianapolis, IN): IUPUI
  • Jada Duckett, 6-2 F, Morgan Park HS (Chicago, IL): Miami (OH)
  • Kaylen Evans, 5-7 G, Nazareth Academy (La Grange, IL): Loyola Chicago
  • Lyric Harris, 6-0 W, Roger Bacon HS (Cincinnati, OH): Long Island University
  • Michaela Mayfield, 5-10 F, Gurdon HS (AR): Southeast Missouri
  • Teionni McDaniel, 5-8 CG, Centennial HS (Las Vegas, NV): Northern Arizona

Jalyn Bell, 5-8 PG, Parkview HS (Lilburn, GA): picked up an offer earlier this month from Winthrop.


Nicole Stephens, 5-6 G, Pickerington Central HS (OH): announced her decommitment from Akron. She had committed to the Zips back in January.



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