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Recruiting Bulletin Board

Recruiting Bulletin Board

September 2, 2012 - 2:43pm

This is the official spot for the latest news on girls basketball recruiting.  We've got the updates on player visits, verbals, lists and signings.  If you're a coach or parent and want to let us know about your player's most recent decisions send us an email and we'll make it bulletin board material.

August 1

Stephanie Watts, a 5-10 combo guard from the 2015 class, has committed to North Carolina.  The Charlotte Observer Region Player of the Year, was also considering Maryland, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Charlotte.  Watts averaged 22.1 points  9.9 rebounds 3.4 assists and 5.5 steals per game for Weddington High School in North Carolina.  UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell personally called Watts on Wednesday to extend a scholarship offer. 

July 31

Mariya Moore of Salesian High School in California has picked the Louisville Cardinal over UCLA, Washington, Ohio State, Kansas and Kentucky.  The 6-0 guard/wing averaged 18.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.8 points, and 4 steals per game this past season.

Moore's Cal Stars teammate Kelli Hayes also made her verbal commitment to UCLA.  The 6-1 forward chose the Bruins over Louisville, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and Oregon.  The No. 30 ranked player led Archbishop Mitty to a 24-7 record, averaging 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 blocks per game.

July 30

Kelsey Mitchell, the No. 4 ranked player in the Full Court Fresh 50, has verbally committed to Ohio State, along with her twin sister Chelsea.  Kelsey averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game for Princeton High School

June 17

The Iowa Hawkeyes have picked up a verbal commitment from Chase Coley of Minneapolis Washburn High School in Minnesota.  The 6-3 guard/forward averaged 20 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 4.9 steals per game and helped guide the Millers to a 23-9 record.

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According Scott Central high school coach, Chad Harrison, Victoria Vivians is now only considering to Louisville, Kentucky, Florida and Mississippi State.  She has received over a dozen BCS offers including Tennessee, Baylor, LSU, South Carolina, Stanford and Duke.   The  6-1 guard/forward  scored over 1,400 points this season averaging 39.7 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 1.5 assists per game and guided Scott Central to a 33-4 record and a Mississippi State Championship, a feat which helped Vivians earn the title of "Miss Basketball".

Vivians, the No. 6 ranked player in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, will take an unofficial visit to the Florida Gators this weekend and has already taken unofficials to Louisville, Kentucky and Mississippi State and plans to follow up with official visits to all four schools this fall.

June 11

6-3 center Alyssa Rice, of Reynoldsburg High School, has narrowed her search dow to Kentucky and Virginia. Rice was named to the All-Ohio team and averaged averaged 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and shot 65 percent from the field this season.  The rising senior, ranked No. 22 in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50 had also considered Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt and West Virginia.

May 24

Brianna Turner, the No. 1 recruit in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, announced via her blog that she committed to Notre Dame. Turner had narrowed her choices to Baylor, Duke, UConn, Stanford and Notre Dame, but settled on the Irish. 

May 20

Riverdale star Alexa Middleton has committed to the Tennessee Lady Vols.  The 5-9 guard chose the Vols over a host of top schools including: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Vanderbilt, Rutgers and N.C. State.  Middleton averaged 15 points per game and helped guide the Lady Warriors to an undefeated record and back-to-back Tennessee state championship titles.

May 19

Chania Ray of Riverdale Baptist High School in Maryland has verbally committed to Florida State. The 5-7 guard had previously committed to James Madison, but after a visit to FSU this weekend, Ray called head coach Sue Semrau and made her commitment.

May 13

It was a happy mothers day for Michigan's Kim Barnes Arico who received a verbal commitment from 6-0 forward Jillian Dunston of Holy Cross in Maryland. Dunston chose the Wolverines over N.C. State, Villanova and Indiana.

April 24

Arianna Freeman, of Paul IV Catholic High School in Manassas, Virginia, has verbally committed to the University of Louisville.  Freeman, a 5-11 wing, had originally committed to West Virginia, but decommitted earlier this year.  She chose Louisville over Colorado, Florida, St. John's and Michigan.  The first team All-DC Metro Area helped guide Paul IV to the Independent School state championship.

April 22

Kaydra Duckett verbally committed to Dawn Staley and the South Carolina Gamecocks.  The 5-10 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 steals and 2.3 assists per game while leading Dreher High School to an appearance in the state championship game.  She chose the Gamecocks over Maryland Florida State, Kentucky and Georgia.

April 6

Jessica Jackson, the last unsigned senior in the 2013 Full Court Fresh 50, broke the news after the WBCA All-American Game that she plans to attend Arkansas.  She chose the Razorbacks over Texas and Texas A&M.

April 3

Ieshia Small, one of the last unsigned seniors in the 2013 Full Court Fresh 50, announce her commitment to Baylor today while.  The McDonald's All-American chose the Bears over South Carolina.

March 29

Gabby Williams of Reed High School in Nevada verbally committed to Connecticut.  The 5-11 point guard is currently recovering from ACL surgery.

March 25 

Jordin Canada, the No. 3 ranked player in the Full Court Fresh 50, committed to UCLA today.  She chose the Bruins over Cal, USC, Stanford, UConn and Tennessee. UCLA now has commitments from two of the best guards in the nation, as texan Recee Caldwall also verbaled in November.

March 20

Sadie Edwards, one of the top players in the state of New York, has verbally commited to Connecticut.  The 5-9 guard for Blair Academy, chose the Huskies over Georgetown, Louisville, Miami and Michigan.  Edwards joins Courtney Ekmark as the second 2014 to commit to the Huskies.

March 17

Azura Stephens has verbally commited to Duke.  The 6-4 post from Cary High School in Raleigh, was on campus back in October with Brianna Turner.  Stephens average 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.

February 9

Louisville has received a verbal commitment from 2014 guard Sydney Brackemyre of Clinton-Massie High School in Ohio. Brackemyre chose the Cardinals over Dayton and Michigan.

January 23

Windward star Jordin Canada has narrowed her list of schools to USC, Tennessee, California, Stanford and Connecticut.  The 5-8 point guard, who is ranked No. 3 in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, told us that she has taken a visit to USC and will schedule more visits in the fall. 

January 4

Brianna Turner will take a second visit to Connecticut this weekend as the Huskies host Notre Dame.  In November she announced her top five: Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Notre Dame and Stanford.

January 1

Sophomore Ali Patberg verbally committed to Notre Dame making it a happy New Year for Muffett McGraw.  The 5-10 guard from Columbus High School in Indiana averages 18 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Bull Dogs, who are currently 14-0.  Patberg had also received offers from Butler, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Marquette and Purdue.

November 30

Point guard Recee Caldwell of Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas has verbally committed to UCLA. The 5-8 PG picked the Bruins over Connecticut and Duke.  Last season as a sophomore, Caldwell averaged 17.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists for the Jaguars.  Caldwell had orginally verbaled to Baylor as a freshman, but re-opened the recruing process last year.

November 26

Brianna Turner, the No. 1 recruit in the 2014 Fresh 50, narrowed her list to five today via a post on the DFW Elite website.  Her top five is Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Notre Dame and Stanford.  The 6-3 forward has made unofficial visits to Baylor, Duke and Connecticut.

November 21

Wagner College in New York picked up a talented guard today when Maria Conyers-Jordan officially signed.  The 5-9 guard from Friends Central High School in Philadelphia, averages 17 points, 5 rebound, 3 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

November 20

New Jersey native Jada Matthews has verbally commited to George Washington University.  The 2014, 6-1 wing/forward plays for Winslow Township High School and said the "combination of GW's acadmeics and staff were second to none".

November 17

After much anticipation, Tyler Scaife,  a 5-9 point guard out of Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas announced today via twitter that she will attend Rutgers.  The No. 6 player in the Full Court Fresh 50 was also considering Tennessee, LSU and Ohio State. 

November 13

Point guard Tyler Scaife is the highest rated player left to announce where she will attend college.  We spoke with her father, Tracy Scaife today, who confirmed that LSU, Tennessee, Rutgers and Ohio State are the final schools the No. 6 recruit from Hall High School in Arkansas is considering.  No time table was given as to when Scaife will announce her final decision.

Also yet to announce is No. 16 recruit Ieshia Small of Florida High in Tallahassee.  The 5-10 combo-guard says she will not sign during the November signing period, but will give herself more time to take official visits and consider her options.  She currently lists South Carolina, Rutgers, Baylor, NC State and Mississippi State as schools she is looking at and has already made official visits to South Carolina and Rutgers.

November 10

The suspense is over, Erica McCall will go to Stanford.  The 6-3 forward from Ridgeview High School in California chose the Cardinal over Connecticut and UCLA.  She is the younger sister of WNBA star DeWanna Bonner and hopes to follow in her footsteps.

November 9

Gator Nation got a big boost today when Ronni Williams committed to Florida.  The 6-1 wing for Atlantic High School in Daytona Beach, Florida also considered Georgia and Florida State. Last season Williams averaged 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.9 steals per game.

November 8

Duke scored another top recruit today when Kendall Cooper, a 6-4 center from St Anthony's High School in California, committed to the Blue Devils. Earlier this month Rebecca Greenwell and Oderah Chidom committed to Duke, and both were leaning on Cooper to join them (Cooper plays AAU for Team Taurasi with Chidom and participated in USA basketball trials with Greenwell).  Cooper chose Duke over Tennessee, UCLA and Texas A&M.

Kai James decided to keep her game in the state of Florida, committing to the Florida State Seminoles.  The 6-4 center averaged 12.1 points, 13.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks for Dwyer High School last season and earn Sun-Sentinel All-County first-team honors.  She chose FSU over Georgia Tech, Florida and Oklahoma.

Karlee McBride of Villa Maria Academy in Erie, Pennsylvania has verbally commited to Indiana University & Curt Miller.  The 5-10 wing/forward had originally committed to Bowling Green prior to Miller's departure to the Hoosiers.  “Choosing Indiana had much to do with my relationship and belief in Coach Miller and his staff,” McBride said. The four year starter for Villa Maria averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season and was named to the  2nd Team All-State.

November 7

The Baylor Bears back court got a boost when shooting guard Imani Wright announced her verbal commitment.  Baylor beat out Arkansas, Louisville and Kentucky. The Texas native averaged 16 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while knocking down 51 three-pointers for Liberty Eylau High School last season.

November 4

Nikki Caldwell received good news this weekend when Raigyne Moncrief committed to Louisiana State University.  The 5-9 guard out of American Heritage High School in Florida chose the Tigers over Miami, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

November 2

Jordan Reynolds will be joining Mercedes Russell at the University of Tennessee.  The 5-10 guard of Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon chose the Lady Vols over Louisville and Ohio State. Reynolds plays AAU with Russell on Team Concept.

November 1

Kaela Davis, a 6-2 guard from Buford High School, has verbally committed to Georgia Tech.  Davis made headlines in February when she de-committed from Tennessee and since, had been relatively quite as to who she was considering.  Her final list came down to Tennessee, Duke and Georgia Tech.  The Yellow Jackets are coming off their best season in program history with 26 wins and a sweet 16 appearance where they fell to eventual national champion Baylor.

Despite not getting Mercedes Russell, the Louisville Cardinals still got a boost when top 25 recruit Emmonie Henderson verbally committed.  Henderson is a 6-2 forward out of Illinois who last season averaged 15.6 points and seven rebounds to lead Edwardsville High School to a 34-2 record and the school’s first ever appearance in the Illinois Class 4A state championship game.  Henderson will also run track for the Louisville.

October 30

The Lady Vols got the news they were hoping for when top recruit Mercedes Russell, a 6-5 center out of Oregon, announced she had picked Tennessee over Louisville.  Russell had made official visits to both campuses in the last two weeks. Russell led Springfield High School to back-to-back state titles where whe averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and six blocks last season.

October 28

Alaina Coates has committed to the University South Carolina.  The All-State player led Dutch Fork to a South Carolina State Championship last year.  The 6-5 center picked the Gamecocks over Tennessee and Georgia.

October 27

Top point guard Linnae Harper announce she will be a Kentucky Wildcat next season.  The 5-7 guard for Whitney Young High School in Chicago chose Kentucky over Ohio State, Miami,  Tennessee and UCLA.  Harper is the highest rated player to commit to the Wildcats so far this year.

Jade Walker-Johnson announced her decision to attend St John's University.  The 6-2 forward for DePaul Catholic was also considering NC State, Seton Hall and Michigan State

October 23

Peak Performance Coach Bruce Price confirmed that 6-1 wing Katie Frerking of Weslyan High School has commited to the Auburn Tigers. Peak Performance has had a record setting year for the program, signing a total of 12 players to Division one scholarships this season. Here's the rundown: Lauren Brown to Elon University, Taylor Brown to Princeton, Ansley Chilton to Tennessee Chattanooga, Niga Green to Miami, Maggie Hartman to Harvard, Kylee Smith to Vanderbilt, Elise Spann to Lipscomb, Brittany Stevens to Samford, Kendra Talley to Presbyterian College, Sydney Umeri to the University of Virginia and Rebecca Walker to Presbyterian College.

A representative of the Philly Belles tweeted today that top 10 guard Jannah Tucker of New Town High School in Maryland has de-commited from Tennessee.  She re-opens the recruitng process just three weeks from the National Letter of Intent (NLI) which starts November 14th.  Prior to her original verbal commitment to Tennessee this past June, Tucker was considering Penn State, Virginia, Villanova and UConn.

It was a busy week for AAU Coach Don Brown of the Knoxville Lady Panthers, who confirmed four commitments from his club: Point guard Ashlee Mitchell from Tennessee High School has committed to Virginia Commonwealth University; Brooke Rhodes, a forward From Cloudland High School, is headed to Presbyterian College.  Airforce got a commitment from forward Morgan Whittemore of Virginia High School and point guard Morgan Depew of Elizabethton High School will play for Tusculum College next season.

October 22

We spoke with Cal Storm AAU Coach George Quintero who has had a flurry of Division one commitments from his very talented Team Taurasi.

It's the Ivy League for Meghan McIntyre of Buena High School, who picked Yale to play her college ball;  Alecia Dimas of Troy High School chose the University of Denver; and small forward Taylor McGuire of Buena High School chose UC-San Diego.

Quintero also updated us on 6-3 center Kendall Cooper who has yet to make her decision.  Cooper has been very busy taking official visits - in September she visited Duke and Tennessee, two weeks ago she was on the campus of UCLA, this past weekend took an official to Texas A&M and next weekend will visit Arizona State.  Right now, Duke and Texas A&M are the front runners for Cooper.

October 21

6-3 forward Oderah Chidom of Bishop O'Dowd high school committed to the Duke Blue Devils after an official visit on campus over the weekend.  Duke had been her favorite, but she also took official visits this month to UCLA, California and Washington.  Chidom in addition to Rebecca Greenwell and Kianna Holland gives Duke three top 25 players from the 2013 class.

October 18

Rebekah Dahlman, a 5-9 guard out of Branham High School in Minnesota has verbally committed to Vanderbilt.  She chose the Commodores over Florida and Iowa State.

October 16

Shayla Cooper, a 6-1 forward from Norcorss High School in Norcross GA, commited to Georgetown University on Thursday.

October 15

Ariell Bostic of Bishop O'Dowd High School is headed to San Diego State, confirmed her coach Malik McCord.  The 5-2 guard averaged 10 points, 5 assists and 4.7 steals last season for the Dragons.  Earlier this month teammate K.C. Waters commited to Cal and Breanna Brown announced her plans to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

October 11

Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic High School in Kentucky committed to Duke University.  The 6-2 shooting guard picked the Blue Devils over Notre Dame and had also considered Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.  Greenwell told us after playing pick up in Cameron Indoor, she was sold. "I'm really excited to be headed there, I felt really comfortable with the players and the coaching staff and I know we have a chance to compete for a national championship."

October 10

NC State head coach Kelly Harper received a commitment from Miah Spencer on Monday.  The 5-8 point guard from Columbia High School in Georgia, made the decision after an official visit over the weekend.

October 9

Essence AAU coach Kimberly Davis-Powell confirmed that Tiannah Alvarado has committed to Seton Hall. The 5-10 shooting guard attends Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, FL.  Teammate Erica Young also announced her commitment to Kansas State.  The 6-3 forward/post attends Tampa Bay Tech High School.

October 6

Coach Nard of the W.P. Celtics confirmed that Miah Spencer took an official visit to N.C. State today.  The 5-8 point guard from Columbia High School in Decatur, Georgia is also considering Syracuse, Mississippi State, Alabama and Georgia Tech.

October 3

Baylee Rexing of North Gwinnett High School in Georgia has verbally committed to Ole Miss.  The 5-2 guard told us she picked Ole Miss because head coach Adrian Wiggins because, "He saw something different in me and knows how hard I will work.  He says my size doesn't matter and he really believes in me."

October 2

AAU coach Kimberly Davis-Powell of Essence Girls Basketball announced two players on her squad have made commitments.   Shanovia Dove, a 5-8 combo guard, verbally committed to Long Island University.  Dove, who plays for Palm Lakes High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, picked Long Island over Florida Atlantic University and Southern Mississippi. Also, 5-11 shooting guard Brandy Montgomery has verbally committed to Auburn University.  The star player for Lincoln Park Adacemy in Port St. Lucie, Florida chose the Tigers over Miami, Georgetown, Mississippi State, and Central Florida. 

October 1

Cal Stars coach Kelly Sopack confirmed that Courtney Range verbally committed to the Cal Bears on Monday during a home visit from head coach Lindsay Gottlieb.  The 6-1 small forward had narrowed it down to Cal, UCLA and Oregon State.

Kelsey Plum a 5-8 guard for La Jolla Country Day (CA) has verbally committed to Washington.

Sydnei McCaskill a 5-5 point guard for Orlando Dr Phillips has verbally committed to Georgia.

September 30

Connecticut is now in the race for 6-6 guard/forward Aja Wilson.  Jerome Dickerson, who coaches Wilson on the Palmetto 76ers and at Heathwood Hall, confirmed that Geno Auriemma made a visit to the high school the last week in September to formally offer a scholarship to the coveted 2014 player from Columbia, South Carolina.  The Huskies are late to the party, Wilson already has offers from every major program in the country including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Baylor and Florida State. 

We caught up with Raigyne Moncrief, who shared with us she visited Miami in September and plans to visit South Carolina the first week in October.  The 5-9 guard out of Fort Lauderdale Florida,  has also scheduled visits to Oklahoma, Duke and LSU.

Kai James has changed her top five list, dropping Georgia and adding Georgia Tech to the mix along with Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Oklahoma.  So far, the only visit the 6-4 center has made is to Florida State.

MV Blazers Elite head coach confirmed that 2013 guard Kelsey Barrett has committed to Eastern Illinois.