Last week’s commitment of Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro, Ky., set off an extremely busy weekend of visits, and with that came verbal pledge after verbal pledge.
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Georgetown Scores Three
The unofficial “winner” of the recruiting week would have to be the Georgetown Hoyas as first year head coach Keith Brown and his staff were able to seize on the opportunity provided by their big official visit weekend. This weekend Georgetown had prior verbal commitment Jade Martin of Bloomington, Minn., on campus with three undecided visitors, No. 35 Shayla Cooper of Norcross, Ga., Faith Woodard of Riverview, Fla., and Kelsey Briggs of Memphis, Tenn.
Coming out of the weekend Brown and his staff was able to secure verbal commitments from all three undecided prospects making the weekend for Georgetown a success. With the three new players Georgetown adds size, athleticism, and length to their frontline and will be able to use all three players at multiple positions due to their versatility.
No. 35 Shayla Cooper Norcross High School Norcross GA 6-1 PF
No. 44 Tyshell King St. Frances Academy Baltimore MD 5-11 SG
No. 89 Faith Woodard Freedom High School Brandon FL 6-2 PF
4-star Kelsey Briggs Munford High School Munford TN 6-2 SG
3-star Jade Martin Kennedy High School Bloomington MN 6-0 PF
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No. 75 Saniya Chong of Ossining, N.Y., has taken a more unconventional path to Connecticut than a majority of her peers. Chong, who has her own folklore for blazing nets and setting huge scoring marks with her high school team, was never a mainstay on the summer circuit, a place where a majority of the elite players in any class earn the notches on their belts by playing against their peers and creating a permeable pecking order. Instead Chong was able to do it the old fashioned way, playing high school basketball and forcing people to go find her in Ossining, N.Y. And find her they did. At one point last year the 2013 guard had schools such as Ohio State, Louisville, and North Carolina making trips to see her play. This week Chong decided that she would stay somewhat close to home and become apart of the celebrated Huskies’ program. Her path to this decision helps prove that if you can play they will find you.
Brandon Clay provides a look at some of the biggest storylines from the week:
Around the Rim
No. 76 Shanice Johnson to Delaware: Early last week Delaware was able to secure a verbal commitment from class of 2013 forward Shanice Johnson of Philadelphia, Pa. Johnson is an athletic big who has continued to improve and develop her game over the write a essay years. At 6-0, she has the size to play the power forward position for the Blue Hens and should be able to contribute with defense and rebounding early in her career.
3-star guard Jaycee Coe to Kentucky: As we mentioned in Visitation Nation, Kentucky’s “Big Blue Madness” event is always a great opportunity for them to sell their program. This weekend 5-9 shooting guard Jaycee Coe of Cookeville, Tenn., decided that the SEC school was the place for her. Coe is one of the best shooters in the class of 2014 and will give the Wildcats the ability to space the floor in a halfcourt offense.
3-star forward Stevi Parker to Tulsa: Tulsa was able to close out their 2013 recruiting when they received a verbal pledge from Stevi Parker of Bixby, Okla., the 6-1 forward is coming off of a summer where she impressed from start to finish. More than anything, Parker’s addition to Tulsa gives them a forward who will bring a winner’s mentality to the floor day in and day out.
3-star post Breanna Brown to Virginia Tech: With the addition of Breanna Brown of Oakland, Calif., to the Hokie 2013 class, Virginia Tech was able to solidify their post depth moving forward. Brown is an athletic 6-foot-3 post player with a good amount of upside. Her length and athleticism will fit in well in Blacksburg, Va.
3-star Guard Miah Spencer kite runner essays to NC State: Class of 2013 combo guard Miah Spencer of Decatur, Ga., is headed to North Carolina State next year. Spencer is coming off a summer where she made a name for herself with her play on the national stage. At 5-8, Spencer has the size and skill to play on or off the ball for coach Kelli Harper and her staff.
3-star forward Jephany Brown to ECU: Jephany Brown of Washington, D.C., was a highly recruited member of the class of 2012. Originally a Providence commitment, she reclassified to the class of 2013 and this week decided that East Carolina would be her school of choice. At 6-0, Brown’s size and athleticism will have the potential to fuel East Carolina early on.
3-star guard Hannah Mattson to Portland: At 5-9 and with plenty of length, Mattson gives Portland a combo guard who can really push tempo and plays with a high motor. The Fairbanks, Alaska, native can create havoc on defense and is terrific in transition.
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.