By: Chris Hansen
The commitment of No. 6 Rebecca Greenwell to Duke is the highest ranked commitment of the fall to date. The 6-foot-1 sharpshooter and USA Basketball veteran from Owensboro, Ky., give the Blue Devils two commitments in the 2013 class that will replace just one graduating senior, 6-5 post Allison Vernerey.
“I chose Duke for a lot of different reasons,” Greenwell said. “I’ve gotten really close to the coaches over the years and I fit in really well with the team also. I love the basketball tradition Duke carries and Cameron Indoor is a special place.”
Greenwell joins No. 32 Kianna Holland of Seneca, S.C., a 5-9 guard, who like Greenwell, can create offense from the perimeter in waves.
“My class will make the team balanced by class and position,” Greenwell added.
When this 2013 class hits campus for its freshman campaign, Duke stands to be one of the deepest, most talented teams in the country. With Chelsea Gray at the pay someone to write essay uk point, Elizabeth Williams in the post, both potential first team All-Americans, anchoring the team, the Blue Devils will have no shortage of wing and forward players with the 2013 additions.
Alexis Jones, the headliner of the program’s 2012 class, can play either guard position, wing Sierra Moore will be a sophomore, guard Ka’lia Johnson will be a junior, Richa Jackson, Trisha Liston and Haley Peters will be seniors, Amber Henson, who redshirted last season, will be a sophomore.
With so much depth, especially at the wing and forward positions, as well as at point, Greenwell and Holland can enjoy being celebrated freshmen without the pressure of needing to perform immediately for the team to succeed.
“(Duke) hasn’t won a national championship yet so I want to be a player that helps them win their first one,” Greenwell said.
Liston shot 46 percent on her team-high 124 three-point attempts, a facet of the game that Greenwell will bolster for a year before taking the reigns as the team’s primary shooter.
But dumbing Greenwell’s game down to just shooting is foolish. She is a strong passer, a capable rebounding player on the perimeter and a proven winner. The latter write a research paper for me attribute being perhaps the most important in the program’s pursuit of a National Championship run.
The commitment also helps Duke keep up with Maryland and North Carolina in the recruiting race. Though to be fair, Duke is not in a position with its roster to add four mega stars that will expect big minutes early. And that’s not a jab at UNC, it is simply the reality of the recruiting decision facing elite prospects, deciding what is more important – playing time early or stacking the deck for a hopeful title run if all the pieces can mesh together.
While there is no right or wrong answer, it is clear from Greenwell’s choice what her priority is.
Our own Brandon Clay gives us his take on Greenwell’s decision and it’s impact on the Duke program:
Brandon Clay and Keil Moore also contributed to this report.
Chris Hansen is the managing editor for Peach State Media. In addition to serving as a contributor to the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report, Hansen also covered girls’ basketball and women’s college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington help writting college paper with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald’s All-American team selection committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keil Moore is the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report – a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. He also is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Brandon Clay is the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. The service is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the EBA All-American, Fab Five and Super 64 Camps. In addition, he serves as a national recruiting analyst for ESPNHoopgurlz and a contributor to SLAM Magazine. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com or follow him on Twitter @BrandonClayPSB