2020 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, January 2019

Kennady McQueen, 5-9 PG, North Summit HS (Coalville, UT): The Park Record provides a lengthy article on McQueen’s commitment to Utah early this month. Gonzaga and Texas Tech were among her other options.

Earlier this month, all those attributes and the work that went in to building them paid off as she weighed her collegiate options – a group of 15 schools that included Gonzaga University and Texas Tech University – and chose to don the crimson of her mother’s alma mater.

“I think it’s just crazy,” Kennady said of verbally committing to Utah. “When I’d do workouts or go running and I didn’t want to do anymore I’d think, ‘for Utah,’ so finally it’s come true. It’s really satisfying.”


Tomia Johnson, 5-6 PG, Grandview HS (Aurora, CO): received an offer from Florida Gulf Coast. Three previous offers have been reported for her: Omaha, Montana State, and Georgia Southern.


Rose Nkumu, 5-8 PG, Iowa City HS (IA) / Paige Rocca, 5-9 CG, Iowa City HS (IA): A Des Moines Register article lists current offers for Nkumu and Rocca.

Both Nkumu (offers from Miami (Ohio), Creighton, Drake, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Nebraska Omaha) and Rocca (Northern Illinois offer) have Division I futures.


Lexi Jackson, 6-3 C, Gateway HS (Monroeville, PA): A TribLive article lists Jackson’s offers as James Madison, North Carolina A&T, Radford, and Western Michigan.

Jackson has developed into one of the premier players in the WPIAL. A 6-foot-3 center, she was averaging 18.1 points and 14.5 rebounds and 9.4 blocks through 12 games.

Jackson racked up a career-high 37 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in the recent nonsection win at Baldwin. She also registered a triple-double in her previous game against Kiski with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks.

Jackson has entertained offers from Western Michigan, James Madison, North Carolina A&T and Radford.

“Lexi is continually growing in confidence, and she is becoming a star right before my eyes,” Williams said. “Now in her second year as a starter, she is growing into her leadership role as a captain and is starting to understand how good she really can be.”


Kyah Watson, 6-0 W, Rapid City Stevens HS (SD): announced her commitment to South Dakota. The Coyotes have two previous 2020 commits: Morgan Hansen, 6-1 W, Lincoln HS (Sioux Falls, SD), and Maddie Krull, 5-10 PG, Millard South HS (Omaha, NE).


Nicole Stephens, 5-6 G, Pickerington Central HS (OH): announced her commitment to Akron. She is the Zips’ third 2020 commit—all in-staters—joining Alanna Carter, 5-10 G, Mason HS (OH), and Kate Garry, 5-8 G, Loveland HS (OH).

Among the other schools that reportedly offered Stephens were Dayton, Bowling Green, Robert Morris, Bradley, Valparaiso, Elon, and Appalachian State.


Natalija Marshall, 6-5 F, Christ the King HS (NY): Feature on Marshall, ranked in the top 12 in the 2020 class, indicates that she hopes to make her school choice by late May. Notre Dame and Stanford are two schools she definitely plans to visit this spring. They were included in the top ten she announced back in August: UCLA, UConn, Duke, Maryland, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, and Texas.

An “A” student who loves math, Marshall said she is considering college majors such as business, finance and psychology. Choosing a college will likely be significantly more difficult than selecting a major for Marshall, who is sifting through scholarship offers from virtually every major basketball power in the nation.

Marshall said she will start taking visits this spring. Notre Dame and Stanford are the two schools she is sure she will tour, and Marshall hopes to make her final choice by late May.

“A family feel,” Marshall said when asked what she is looking for in a university. “My parents and I are so close. I’m an only child, so it’s just us three. Academics are a huge part of this, but I want a college that feels like a home away from home.”


Leilani Rodriguez, 5-5 PG, Worcester Academy (MA): landed an offer from Bryant. She was previously offered by UMass Lowell.


Dani Haskell, 5-7 G, Franklinville HS (NY): committed to Canisius, their first commit in the 2020 class.


Cal Poly picks up its first commitment in the 2020 class: Natalia Ackerman, 6-1 F, Aptos HS (CA). UPDATE: The Santa Cruz Sentinel provides more details on Ackerman’s commitment.

“What really sold me was, at the UCSB game, I was watching the (Mustangs) coaches interact with their players versus UC Santa Barbara,” Ackerman said. “The Cal Poly coaches felt like they had more of a family environment.”

Ackerman received her offer from the team that same day, but she held off making it official until she and her family ran some questions by coach Mimnaugh during a phone call Tuesday night.

“All her answers were perfect,” Ackerman said.


Nan Garcia, 6-1 F, Jeffersonville HS (IN): Louisville head coach Jeff Walz was on hand at a game watching Garcia. She doesn’t appear to have any Power 5 offers yet. The following schools have reportedly offered Garcia: Northern Kentucky, Xavier, Wright State, Ball State, SIUE, Cincinnati, IUPUI, Southern Illinois, and Indiana State.

Nan Garcia, Jeffersonville: With Louisville coach Jeff Walz watching, the junior forward tallied 25 points and didn’t miss a shot — going 10 for 10 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free throw line — while also tallying seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Red Devils’ 77-46 win over Jasper on Saturday.


Ava Interrante, 5-9 G, McHenry HS (IL), announced her commitment to Valparaiso. The school had offered her in early December. She’s the third 2020 commit for Valpo, joining Leah Earnest, 5-11 G, Stevens Point Area Senior High (WI), and Lauren Gunn, 5-9 W, Lawrence North HS (Indianapolis, IN). UPDATE: The Northwest Herald is out with a feature on Interrante’s commitment.

“It means everything,” Interrante said Wednesday. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play Division I basketball. Now that it’s real, I’m super excited. I had a lot of people believe in me when I first started playing competitively in AAU basketball. They always told me I can do it.”

Interrante, who also had strong interest from Illinois State and St. Louis University, wanted to go to a school close to her home in McHenry. The Valparaiso campus is about 2 1/2 hours away by car.



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