Friday, September 30, 2011
Updated: October 10, 1:40 PM ET
Big East, Pac-12 making noise
By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore
|West Virginia made the biggest recruiting splash this week with a pair of top 100 commitments, including No. 60 Darius Faulk of New York, N.Y.|
West Virginia (see Instant Analysis) had the best recruiting week in the country, getting pledges from Bria Holmes, ranked No. 28 in the 2012 class by ESPN HoopGurlz, and Darius Faulk, ranked No. 60. Both committed after ESPN College Gameday visited Morgantown last weekend for the marquee Saturday night football matchup with LSU.
Another top 100 to Colorado
Colorado scored its second verbal commitment from a top-100 player this week when Jamee Swan made her pledge to the Pac-12 school. Swan becomes part of a three-person class, joining Lauren Huggins, ranked No. 63, and Kyleesha Weston, a two-star prospect. Swan, a gifted offensive talent with the ability to contribute at both forward spots, pairs well with Higgins, a 6-foot-1 wing with a smooth perimeter stroke. Weston should be able to contribute as a defensive presence. The significance of Swan picking Colorado over her other finalists - Arizona, Oklahoma and Oregon - is that it gives Colorado the premier recruiting class of any West Coast-based team in the country, as well as a great chance at an overall top 15 ranking in our ESPN HoopGurlz class rankings come signing period.
-- Keil Moore
Cole to TCU
Kamy Cole, a four-star shooting guard from Brock, Texas, switched gears by deciding to attend in-state Texas Christian after originally choosing Oklahoma. Our staff evaluated the 5-9 guard multiple times during the past six months, both in the Texas Class 3A state title game in Austin last March and with her Cy-Fair team during July. She instantly provides TCU with a guard who is comfortable attacking the lane off the bounce and should serve as a nice complement to current pledge Veja Hamilton. As Geoff Mittie and his staff prepare for life in the Big East, they've assembled a backcourt that should give them quality minutes.
-- Brandon Clay
|Kamy Cole wanted to be closer to her Brock, Texas, hometown, leading to a change of heart.|
Roberts goes Orange
Syracuse picked up a big commitment this week from forward Pachiyanna Roberts of Powder Springs, Ga. A three-star prospect, Roberts grades out as one of the best athletes in the country. At 6-1, she has the size and athletic ability to guard multiple positions on the court. This is evident by one of her more impressive performances, coming in a head-to-head match against Diamond DeShields in multiple games this season. The one area where Roberts will need to make the most progress will be her perimeter shooting ability, in addition to polishing her handling of the ball on the wing. If she can continue to shore up her skill set, Roberts has the potential to be a quality rotation kid for Syracuse, regardless of what conference it competes in.
-- Keil Moore
Alexis Alexander to Charlotte, N.C.: New coach Cara Consuegra is in her first year keeping the city's major university in the top third of the Atlantic-10 standings. Picking up players of Alexander's caliber only will help the school stay there. The 6-1 power forward showed her versatility during the spring, going toe-to-toe with Florida verbal Christin Mercer in a state semi-final game. She rebounded the ball on both ends and also knocked down the open 15-footer.
Breion Allen to Rice: Allen's ability to stretch defenses has served her well playing varsity during the last three seasons at one of Alabama's top high-school programs. A 5-9 shooting guard, she has made countless shots on the perimeter since we first saw her as a freshman. Next fall, Allen will take her long-range mentality to the Houston-based program and will try to have the same success in Conference USA.
Kailey Edwards to Denver: Finding active wings is always a challenge for college coaches. Fortunately for Denver, it was able to keep the active 5-9 shooting guard in state for college. Edwards will give Denver an instant option as a driver or midrange jump shooter on the offensive end, as well as an active perimeter defender to help get stops in a competitive Sun Belt conference.
Jordan Frazier to Wofford: Though small, Frazier plays every possession as if it's her last. Standing 5-2, the diminutive point guard will be a great asset to Edgar Farmer's program. She is able to make plays on the defensive end with her quick hands and relentless on-ball defense. On the other end of the floor, Frazier will not only find ways to get her teammates involved, but will also makes shots from all over the floor. Her game, paired with current verbal Chanel Stokes, will give the Terriers two dynamite options at the guard spots.
Emily Johnson to Colorado State: Johnson has an ideal skill set for the Mountain West program. At 5-11, she's a bigger guard with good ball skill and a penchant to take and make open shots. As a left-handed dominant offensive threat, it's tough to match up against Johnson, especially when she has other shot makers on the floor. She is used to making open shots as a beneficiary of playing alongside LSU freshman Krystal Forthan.
Southeast Missouri State picks up two: This was a great week for coach Ty Margenthaler. The Ohio Valley conference school received verbal commitments from two prospects who have the potential to make an impact early in their careers at SEMO. Kara Wright, a three-star prospect from Louisville, Ky., is a big wing who has the ability to play both swing positions. She can score and help get defensive stops. Dru Haertling, a two-star prospect out of Jackson, Mo., is the ultimate glue player. She is a competitor who gives nothing up on the defensive side of the floor. Haertling is the kind of kid who just finds ways to make a positive impact on the game.
|Breion Allen of the RoadRunners drives against Rachel Arthur of Houston Elite at the 2011 Basketball on the Bayou.|
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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter @peachstatehoops.
Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.