UCLA is now in the running for the best recruiting class of the year after scoring verbal commitments from top recuits LaJahna Drummer and Monique Billings over the holiday weekend, bringing the Bruins' total to five top 50 recruits in the 2014 class.
Drummer, a 6-2 forward for St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey CA is No. 11 in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50. She chose the Bruins over Baylor, California, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and USC. Drummer, who averaged 16 points and 12.5 rebounds as a sophmore, sat out this past season recovering from an ACL injury though she did return to action this summer for the Cal Sparks and performed very well.
No. 28 ranked Billings, a 6-3 forward, averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds per game for Santiago High School in Corona CA. Billings chose the Bruins over Stanford, USC and Baylor.
The Bruins' recruiting haul began with a pair of highly touted guards in No. 3 ranked Jordin Canada and No. 21 Recee' Caldwell. Coach Cori Close then added small forward Kelli Hayes, ranked No. 30 in the Full Court Fresh 50, before her latest aquisitions. And the Bruins may not be finished, they are still in the mix for No. 15 shooting guard Jamie Nared (Portland OR) who was recently on campus.
Meanwhile, Louisville is also putting together a very nice recruiting class, as the Cardinals claimed their fourth 2014 verbal commitment late Monday night when No. 24 ranked Myisha Hines-Allen declared via twitter that the Cardinals as her choice over Georgia Tech and West Virginia. The 6-2 wing is from Montclair High School in New Jersey.
Just last month the Cardinals received a verbal from No. 25 Mariya Moore, a 6-0 guard from Richmond CA, and earlier this year picked up commitments from No. 48 Sydney Brackemyre, a 6-0 forward from Harveysburg OH, and 5-11 guard Ariana Freeman 5-11 from Manassas VA.