2020 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, February 2019

Claire Knies, 5-8 G, Jasper HS (IN): announced her commitment to Bellarmine University (D-II). She reportedly had received offers from Purdue Fort Wayne and Evansville in September 2018.


Alexis Mark, 5-10 W, Sierra Canyon HS (Chatsworth, CA): was offered by Fresno State. Previous offers reported for her include Hawaii, Pepperdine, Seattle, Nevada, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, and San José State.


Grace Kirk, 5-6 PG, Duluth Marshall HS (MN): A recruiting update on Kirk is included in a Duluth News Tribune article on Kirk and her HS teammate Gianna Kneepkens (2021 class).

Kirk’s D-I suitors thus far include Wisconsin-Green Bay, Hampton and St. Bonaventure, while Kneepkens has an offer from North Dakota State, plus myriad additional interest.


Ashley Chevalier, 5-7 G, Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, CA): picked up an offer from Texas. In December 2018 she was offered by Cal State Northridge, the school her parents both played at, as noted in this recent feature.

There’s a toughness, a determination and a relentless desire to disrupt that is evident when you watch Ashley Chevalier of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon play basketball.

You see it as she sacrifices her body tumbling on the court for a loose ball. You feel it as she falls to the ground taking a charging foul. You sense it as she claps her hands following a turnover.

“She’s a good reflection of a child of a coach,” Sierra Canyon coach Alicia Komaki said.

Chevalier isn’t the child of just one coach — try two very good coaches. Her father is Andre Chevalier, a former Cal State Northridge point guard who’s head coach of Sierra Canyon’s boys’ team. Her mother is Michelle Esparza-Chevalier, a former CSUN guard who’s head coach of the Pierce College women’s team.


Shy Christopher, 5-9 G, Jacksonville HS (AR): Cincinnati is the latest school to offer her. Arkansas State and UT Martin offered her last month.


Anna Morris, 6-2 F, Immaculate Heart Academy (NJ): A feature on Morris touches on recruiting, with Michigan highlighted as having offered her (she has about a dozen other offers).

The question is: What sport will Morris play at the college level? She sounds pretty secure when she says it will be basketball, noting that she has some great schools who have offered her for that sport (Michigan being one).

“You know, it’s four years, and after that you have that degree for a lifetime,” Morris said. “So I think I want whatever can help me the best academically, and athletic experience.”

She has not committed anywhere and isn’t sweating a timeline to choose a college.

“I have visited a lot of schools, so I have seen what I want and I think I know what I want in a school,” Morris said. “There are a lot of options, which is what is making it hard because every school I have visited has had so much to offer, but I think once I sit down and look at the schools and realize what is important to me I will make that decision.”


Morgan Moseley, 6-0 W, St. James School (Hagerstown, MD): was offered by UNC Wilmington; earlier offers: Hartford, Niagara, North Carolina A&T, Towson, Hofstra, LIU Brooklyn, and Mount St. Mary’s.


Chantell Gonzalez, 6-8 C, Miami Country Day School (FL): A Miami Herald feature on Gonzalez mentions some schools she’s garnered interest from.

So far, Gonzalez has gotten recruiting interest from Princeton, Cornell, Columbia and Florida. She considers herself a big-city girl and also likes the Hurricanes, but it remains to be seen if she can reach that level.

“She’s definitely a Division I player,” Swaby said. “If I were a mid-major college coach, I would recruit her because she blocks and alters shots — especially in a zone defense — and she can shoot the face-up jumper. She’s not a stiff you just put under the basket.

“The main thing college coaches have told me is how much she has improved. She works her butt off – I can’t think of one negative thing about her.”


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