2020 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, July 2019

Kenna Hisle, 5-11 W, Evansville North HS (IN): announced her commitment to D-II Southern Indiana. Among her other offers was Eastern Illinois.

Hisle, who started every game of her high school career, averaged 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in leading the Huskies to a 13-12 record last winter as a junior. She was also offered a scholarship by NCAA Division Eastern Illinois. Missouri S&T and Missouri Western, who are USI’s rivals in the D-II Great Lakes Valley Conference, offered her within the past week.


Kelsie Imai, 5-6 G, Waiakea HS (Hilo, HI): committed to Hawaii (Big West) earlier this week.

Beeman and staff had seen Imai play in Oregon and Chicago, but there had been no contact with Imai to this point.

“Who really thought of all the girls, she would offer to me? To be honest, it’s a dream come true,” Imai said. “She said, ‘Are you interested?’ I said, ‘Of course, I’m interested.’ She said, ‘Is that a verbal?’ “

Imai sat down and talked with her parents, Kirk and Kelli. By Sunday, Imai was in touch with Beeman.

“I decided to commit. Originally, I wanted to go to the mainland, but after talking to her, I realized I was still going to get the college experience I want, and I won’t be homesick,” Imai said.


See the 2020 Recruiting Summaries page for new offers reported for the following:

  • Capria Brown (IL)
  • Sean Kelly Darks (OH)
  • Caroline Dingler (GA)
  • Isis Fitch (IL)
  • Asjah Inniss (GA)
  • Ta’Ziah Jenks (KY)
  • Rachel Loobie (IN)
  • Adhel Tac (TX)
  • Makennah White (PA)


Riley DeRubbo, 5-9 G, Trinity HS (Washington, PA): committed to Fordham (A-10).

DeRubbo said her mother, Jina, the women’s basketball coach at Washington & Jefferson, also helped her in the decision making.

“She has been great through all of this,” Riley DeRubbo said. “It makes it much easier on me. Recruiting is her job. She does it every day. She thought I would fit well into their system, which is to play fast and push the ball.”

DeRubbo also was considering Duquesne and Saint Francis.

“I fell in love with it when I visited,” she said. “It always was my top choice. I tried comparing other schools but they just couldn’t (compare).”


Bella Pelaia, 6-0 F, Mars HS (PA): A Cranberry Eagle article focuses on Peaia’s commitment to Mount St. Mary’s (NEC) in late June. Western Carolina was the runner-up.

Pelaia had been torn.

Both Mount St. Mary’s University and Western Carolina University had plenty of positives for the versatile guard/forward.

Ultimately, though, distance was the tiebreaker and Pelaia chose Mount St. Mary’s, located just over the Pennsylvania border in Emmitsburg, Md.

She committed to the school June 28.

“When I visited Mount St. Mary’s (June 8), I knew I really liked it,” Pelaia said. “I didn’t want to stay close to home, but I didn’t want to go far away from home either. It’s only about three and a half hours away and I have family that lives only 20 minutes away. That was the biggest factor. Both schools had what I wanted academically and athletically.”


Zoesha Smith, 5-11 F, Glynn Academy (Brunswick, GA): The Brunswick News provides coverage of Smtih’s recent commitment to Georgia.

Georgia was just one of the team’s to offer Smith in recent days as invitations from Pittsburgh, East Carolina and Miami pushed her number of Division I offers to over 15.

But the Bulldogs have been in hot pursuit of the rising senior for a while now. Georgia saw Smith in April at a camp in Birmingham, Ala., and the Terrors took their team up to Athens to compete in Georgia’s elite camp in early June, where they went 6-0.

“They just kept texting me and following me throughout the summer with AAU, coming to my games and stuff,” Smith said.


Seven more prospects have been added to the 2020 Recruiting Summaries page, all with recently reported offers.

  • Faith Blackstone (NC)
  • Zaria DeMember-Shazer (NY)
  • Jessika Evans (OK)
  • Sydney McQuietor (TX)
  • Anna Ostlie (AZ)
  • Daejah Phillips (NV)
  • Sydney Watkins (IN)


Olivia Rockwood, 5-6 G, Windsor HS (VT): committed to Maine (America East), their second commitment in as many days.

Olivia Rockwood’s top choice for her next destination, University of Maine, was also the first college to offer the Windsor High School star a scholarship spot.

Maine wanted Rockwood. And the feeling was mutual for Rockwood.  There was just one more obvious step to make.

“Why wait to commit if that’s where I want to go? Rockwood said.


Post–Evaluation Period (July 6-12) Offers Reported, Part 2

  • Cierra Bell, 5-6 G, Hampton HS (VA): Gardner-Webb
  • Jenae Dublin, 6-2 W, Gwynn Park HS (Brandywine, MD): Merrimack, Radford
  • Trinity Duckworth, 5-5 PG, Hillcrest HS (Country Club Hills, IL): Akron
  • Alia Denwiddie, 5-8 SG, Woodbridge HS (VA): Grambling State
  • Anabel Ellison, 5-8 CG, Tarpon Springs HS (FL): Tampa (D-II)
  • Landri Hudson, 5-9 G, Grandview HS (Aurora, CO): Wyoming
  • J’Mani Ingram, 5-7 G, North Augusta HS (SC): North Carolina Central
  • Bri Johns, 5-10 W, Edison HS (Alexandria, VA): Merrimack
  • Kaylee Nero, 6-1 F/C, Edmond Santa Fe HS (OK): St. Peter’s
  • Christina Nichols, 5-10 CG, Arlington HS (TN): Cal State Bakersfield (first offer)
  • Evey Peplowski, 6-1 F/C, Williamston HS (MI): Denver
  • Brali Simmons, 5-6 G, St. Agnes Academy (Memphis, TN): Eastern Kentucky, North Alabama
  • Liz Smith, 5-8 PG, IMG Academy (FL): Pacific
  • Lauren Sullivan, 6-0 G, Lake Norman HS (Mooresville, NC): Charleston Southern
  • Daija Tyson, 5-3 PG, Detroit Edison Academy (MI): Bradley
  • Makira Webster, 5-7 G, Kettering Fairmont HS (OH): East Carolina



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