Coverage of the women’s basketball 2021 recruiting class: offers, commitments, decommitments, unofficial visits, recruiting updates from news sites and other sources, etc. Items listed in reverse chronological order.
AJ Ediger, 6-1 F, Hamilton HS (MI): picked up an offer from Nebraska. Among her earlier reported offers are Western Michigan, Iowa, Oakland, Illinois State, and Illinois.
Jzaniya Harriel, 5-10 CG, Antelope HS (CA): A POY feature on Harriel says she “has garnered scores of national recruiting interest, including from Stanford.”
The region’s only 5-star recruit and the area’s first since Vicki Baugh of Sacramento in 2007, the 5-foot-10 Harriel averaged 23.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.9 steals for a team that went 31-4. She’s on her way to becoming an all-time area great.
She’s an athletic combo guard who has garnered scores of national recruiting interest, including from Stanford.
“My parents always told me that off the court, you’re supposed to be a polite young lady,” Harriel said. “But on the court? That’s your zone, and go out there and be a dog.”
Kyndall Hunter, 5-8 G, Cypress Creek HS (Houston, TX): picked up an offer from Texas. She was offered by Texas A&M last month.
Brooke Demetre, 6-3 W, Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, CA): POY feature on Demetre provides a partial look at her offers. She’s ranked in the top 10 in the 2021 class.
“She had a great season,” Crocker said of Demetre, who has offers from Stanford, Cal, Oregon, USC and Baylor among others. “From last season to this season, she just grew so much. … Whatever the team needed, she was ready to give it.”
Emma Calvert, 6-4 C, Fremont HS (Plain City, UT): a feature on Calvert notes offers from Denver, BYU, and Weber State and interest from Indiana and Northern Colorado.
She received her first scholarship offer from the University of Denver and then one from Brigham Young University. Weber State women’s basketball coach Velaida Harris didn’t take long to extend Calvert an offer as well after taking over the job.
“It’s kind of cool because you know that people are watching, so you always want to do your best,” Calvert said.
There’s several other schools in the picture right now, including Indiana and Northern Colorado, and NCAA rules allow for more contact between coaches and recruits when the recruit is a rising junior.
Alyssa Brown, 6-2 F, Sahuaro HS (Tucson, AZ): A feature on Brown says she has an offer from Grand Canyon and will take an unofficial visit to Arizona in mid-April.
To this point, Grand Canyon is the lone school to offer a scholarship, but the list should grow after this summer after she plays with AZ Supreme Hoops.
Other than Arizona, schools that have shown interest in Brown are Fresno State, West Virginia and Montclair State. With word of Barnes going after Brown with next month’s visit, expect the list to grow even by summer ball.
Melannie Daley, 5-9 G, Hastings HS (NY): picked up an offer from Temple.
Julianna Walker, 5-6 PG, Annie Wright HS (Tacoma, WA): A MaxPreps feature on Walker indicates that she has Texas Tech as her front-runner.
After having two great seasons, the 16-year-old has started attracting interest from some of the top college basketball programs in the country. According to Jackson, Texas Tech and in-state Gonzaga have been tracking Walker since Day One. She’s taken unofficial visits to Oregon, Oregon State and Washington but she’s really interested in the Big 12 and has Texas Tech as her front-runner.
Walker is looking to get into a good academic institution. She has a 3.4 grade point average at Annie Wright, which is an extremely prestigious school that features the International Baccalaureate program.
“It’s kind of the whole reason I chose Annie Wright,” Walker said. “It’s an IB school and there’s only a couple in the country.”
Denae Fritz, 5-5 G, Maryville HS (TN): picked up an offer from Chattanooga. She received her first offer last month, from Tennessee Tech.
Alysa Sledge, 5-9 PG, Penn Hills HS (Pittsburgh, PA): was offered by Niagara.
Samantha Johnston, 6-0 G, Cedar HS (Cedar City, UT): landed an offer from Saint Mary’s.
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