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Friday, January 27, 2012
Brooke Allemand chooses Lobos

By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore
HoopGurlz

Brooke Allemand
Brooke Allemand, one of the top shooters in the class of 2013, has decided to play for New Mexico.

As the high school season begins to lock in for the stretch run, several talented underclassmen are looking ahead at their college options.

New Mexico for Allemand

Brooke Allemand of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is a silky smooth combo guard who shares a backcourt with Recee' Caldwell on San Antonio's Finest during the summer. The junior guard decided to give her pledge to New Mexico this week after an unofficial visit earlier in the month.

One of the better perimeter shooters in the class of 2013, Allemand gives New Mexico a lot of versatility. The three-star prospect has the ability to play both on and off the ball at the college level. Allemand joins Shaylee Anderson of Texico, N.M., in the class of 2013 for the Lobos.

-- Keil Moore

Smith is a Commodore

Kylee Smith
Kylee Smith's commitment to Vanderbilt gives coach Melanie Balcomb a versatile scorer on the perimeter for the 2013-14 season.

Kylee Smith, a junior at Alpharetta (Ga.), used quality performances in front of our staff to vault her way into the ESPNU HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings. This week, the 5-foot-11 perimeter threat put an end to her recruitment by choosing Vanderbilt as her college destination.

With her decision, the four-star guard became coach Melanie Balcomb's first commit in the class of 2013. Ranked No. 52 in the class, Smith will follow a six-player class of 2012 that is loaded with talent but lacks a true active power wing player. That description fits Smith's game to a T, and it should be a key component for her early success in Nashville.

-- Brandon Clay

Harris down to seven

Alexandra Harris of Lorain Southview (Ohio) is one of the top post players in the class of 2013. At 6-3, she is a powerfully built, athletic post with a knack for rebounding. After a solid showing over the Martin Luther King holiday at the Classic in the Country, the four-star prospect decided to narrow down her list of potential colleges and has settled on seven schools that remain in the picture.

Listed in alphabetical order, Harris is considering Akron, Georgia, Louisville, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Xavier. Harris plans to play through the summer and let the process play out a bit before making a final decision, eyeing the months of September or October as the appropriate time.

-- Keil Moore

Samuelson looks at Westwood

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Karlie Samuelson, a three-star junior guard from Huntington Beach, Calif., is no stranger to the recruiting process. Her sister, Bonnie, is a freshman at Pac-12 powerhouse Stanford. But Karlie Samuelson recently decided to take a trip to visit UCLA. The Bruins, who are in the Pac-12 with Stanford, appear to be one of the emerging programs in the league after getting a 2012 recruiting class that was ranked 12th in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz to go with a strong returning roster for next year.

Most days, the UCLA campus is no more than an hour's drive headed northwest on the 605 from Samuelson's house. Samuelson has real range on her jump shot and supreme confidence that it's going in more times than not. That range and confidence make her a valuable commodity for any team looking to win games in a tough conference.

-- Brandon Clay

Williams says yes to Fordham

Teams are always looking for quality point guard play. Fordham struck early in that department, picking up a verbal from junior Africa Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y. The 5-7 floor general sets the tone for her team in addition to scoring the basketball. A three-star prospect, she's the type of lead guard who can help the Rams contend for the Atlantic 10 conference title yearly.

-- Brandon Clay

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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 bclay@peachstatehoops.com or you can follow him on Twitter @peachstatehoops.

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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 kmoore@peachstatehoops.com or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.