2020 Class: Recruiting News/Updates, July–December 2018

Kendall Renard, 6-3 F/C, Green Bay Preble HS (WI): The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Renard has six D-I offers: Illinois State, IUPUI, Miami (OH), North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, and Toledo.

The 6-foot-3 junior forward has made visits to Illinois State, IUPUI, Northern Illinois and Toledo. She has scholarship offers from all four, as well as Miami of Ohio and North Dakota State.

She also is expected to visit the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Marquette.


Sarah Ashlee Barker, 5-9 G, Spain Park HS (Hoover, AL): committed to Georgia, over Alabama (where her father and her brother played/play football) and Auburn.

Her visit to campus last weekend and attending the Georgia football game left no doubt about where she wants to spend her post-high school years.

“People say there’s something special in Athens and it’s so true,” Barker told the Hoover Sun. “It was like I was already part of the family. The atmosphere is crazy. I literally had chill bumps standing on the sidelines.”

Barker’s last name is already well-known throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeastern Conference footprint. Her father, Jay, led the University of Alabama to the 1992 national championship. Her brother, Braxton, is a quarterback at Alabama now.

“At Alabama, there’s already a story, and I kind of want to make my own story and name for myself and I feel like it’s a perfect opportunity,” she said.


Kiara Fisher, 5-6 PG, Elmira HS (NY): WENY reports on Fisher becoming the first 2020 commitment for Syracuse.

Regarding her decision, Fisher says, “Syracuse has always been my family’s favorite team and I’ve always dreamed of playing there. That was the first school I ever dreamed of playing at. As I was continuing to go to visits and camps, it just felt more like home every single time.”


Jasmine Clerkley, 5-11 F, Okemos HS (MI): announced that she was decommitting from Michigan State. Clerkley, currently ranked #47 in the 2020 class by espnW, had committed to MSU in January 2018. She had been the Spartans’ only 2020 commit.


Madison Layden, 6-1 G, Northwestern HS (Kokomo, IN): Kokomo Tribune article on Layden’s commitment to Purdue.

“I really felt a connection with the coaches and the players on the team,” Layden said in an interview later Sunday. “I just wanted to go ahead and commit now rather than wait so I can focus on the high school team this year and work on my game individually.”

Northwestern is the defending Class 3A state champion.

Layden picked Purdue over Ball State, Butler, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Michigan and Toledo.


Annabelle Schultz, 5-7 PG, Carolina Day School (Asheville, NC): Article on Schultz’s commitment to Wofford.

Annabelle said the decision to commit to Wofford’s women’s basketball program was an easy one.

“Just as college coaches have their checklist on what they are looking for in a student-athlete, so did I,” she said. “Wofford fulfilled all my boxes. I fell in love with the feel of the campus and the people, from the students to the facility. Wofford is a lot like Carolina Day in a sense that it is very community and family oriented. It is a great academic school.”


Amirah Abdur-Rahim, 6-2 F, St. Francis (Alpharetta, GA): Feature on Abdur-Rahim notes that she has 15+ offers, with Georgia “a lock to be one of her finalists.” Florida, North Carolina State, and Vanderbilt are the only other interested schools named.

A 6-2 forward and the No. 60 player in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2020 class, Abdur-Rahim already has more than 15 college scholarship offers.

She has yet to list her top five schools, but she said the University of Georgia, where her brother, Amir, is an assistant coach for men’s basketball, is a lock to be one of her finalists. NC State, Florida and Vanderbilt are among the other schools involved, but Amir may give the Bulldogs an edge for now.

“Amir and I share the same name, kind of,” said Amirah, who lives in Marietta, about two hours away from the Georgia campus. “We are alike in multiple ways.”


Courtney Becker, 6-0 W, Aquinas HS (La Crosse, WI): Volleyball-focused article lists basketball offers for Becker: Green Bay, North Dakota State, Bradley, Drake, and Colgate.

Theusch played with Becker at Cochrane-Fountain City High School before the two transferred to Aquinas as sophomores and is more familiar with Becker’s strength than any other Blugold.

“Her basketball IQ is really high, and that’s one of the things that makes her such a good basketball player,” Theusch said of Becker, who has Division I basketball scholarship offers from UW-Green Bay, North Dakota State, Bradley, Drake and Colgate. “It’s the same with volleyball. She can jump high and hit the ball really hard, but she is a really smart player and always knows what she needs to be doing.”


Sophie Tougas, 6-0 SG, Brewster Academy (NH): Local paper provides a rundown of the nine offers Tougas has received, including several new ones.

Tougas, a 6-foot shooting guard, picked up four offers in a span of about three weeks recently — from the University at Albany, Seton Hall, George Mason and Lafayette. They add to the five offers she has already received, from Siena, UMass-Lowell, Rhode Island, Colgate and Cal State-Bakersfield.


Sakeria Haralson, 6-1 F, Bellwood-Antis HS (PA): Feature on Haralson’s commitment to Monmouth back in June.

Many things played a major role in Sakeria’s decision. Monmouth had everything she wanted and needed.

“It’s a smaller college, a more family feel, and the best thing is I’ll have more time to come back home to visit,” said Sakeria.


Mallory McDermott, 5-7 SG, Prairie HS (Cedar Rapids, IA): committed to Western Illinois, their first 2020 commit.

“A lot of people say 5-7 is too small for a shooting guard,” McDermott said Monday morning, confirming her oral commitment to play women’s basketball at Western Illinois University. “But I had a good conversation with (former WIU point guard) Emily Clemens, and she said I’ll be fine.”

Now an assistant coach, the diminutive Clemens was the Horizon League player of the year and led the Leathernecks to the NCAA tournament in 2017.


Leah Earnest, 5-11 G, Stevens Point Area Senior High (WI): became Valparaiso‘s first 2020 commit, with a Labor Day decision.

On Labor Day, Earnest called Evans to inform her future college coach she was committing to the Crusaders. She is their first commit in the 2020 class.

“I pretty much knew inside right away. (Valparaiso) checked all the boxes for me,” said Earnest of her decision to commit. “I figured why wait for something else when you know there is not going to be something better than what you already have?

“I’m really excited. Shock is a pretty good word. It all came together faster than I could have imagined.”



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