High School: Northside (Fort Smith, AR)
Recruiting Status: Verbally committed to Arkansas
Recruiting Summary for Jersey Wolfenbarger
offers in 2018:
- April: Arkansas (first offer), Ole Miss
- September: Kansas, Kansas State
- October: Wake Forest
- November: Purdue
offers in 2019:
- April: Florida
- May: Colorado, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Providence, Rutgers, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech
- June: Georgia Tech, Tennessee
- July: Arizona State, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Southern Cal, Washington
- August: Baylor, Minnesota, Oregon State
- September: Miami (FL), Oregon
- December: Notre Dame
April 27, 2020: committed to Arkansas
Wolfenbarger knows who offered first (Whole Hog Sports, 7/21/2019)
[Arkansas head coach Mike] Neighbors fits what Wolfenbarger is looking for in a coach.
“I like his energy. I like his style,” she said. “He’s always trying to learn, and he’s always passionate. I’ve been down there a couple of times for camps, and he always has an energy about him. Like he genuinely cares about you and wants you to get better, and I really love that because I want to be pushed.”
Culture and tradition headline her wish list for a school.
“Culture is probably my biggest thing,” Wolfenbarger said. “Even if they have the tradition and they haven’t had the best couple of years, I still try to understand. Like I could be a part that brings them back.”
Wolfenbarger’s growth more than just height (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/13/2019)
Her basketball improvement, however, didn’t simply come by increased height. A lot of it has to do with the work she puts in on a regular basis — by herself as well as with her team — and Smith said he’s never been around a player that works on her game as much and as hard as Wolfenbarger does.
In fact, Smith said he’s had to discuss with her about taking a day off from time to time.
“We practiced from 2-4 p.m., then I ran home for dinner and came back at 6:30 to let a pee-wee team in,” Smith said as he recalled one of Northside’s workout while school was not in session. “She was still here shooting, so she was here from 1:30-6:30. And that’s daily.
“Before a game, she’s getting 250 shots up on the gun. She’s here every night, working on her game. Her work ethic is second to none. There’s nobody that can outwork Jersey because there are only so many hours in a day. That’s what you’re so proud of: she’s going to make the commitment to do better.”
Athletic combo-guard with superior size in the back court; smooth off the dribble, glides to the rim in transition game; rises on jumper in mid-range game to the arc; among the elite guards in the class of 2021.
espnW, July 2019