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In the wake of the news that Kaela Davis of Buford, Ga. -- the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2013 and an early commit to Tennessee -- has re-opened her recruiting, the junior class as a whole finds itself at a crossroads in the recruiting process. As of today, Maryland verbal pledge No. 17 Lexie Brown of North Gwinett (Suwanee, Ga.) is the only top 25 player in the class of 2013 that has linked herself to a school. This is in stark contrast with the 2012 class, which had five top 25 verbal commitments at this point last year.
No. 1 Breanna Stewart of North Syracuse, N.Y., had given her pledge to UConn right after an unofficial visit for the UConn-Duke game last January. No. 5 Bashaara Graves of Clarksville, Tenn., had made her pledge to Tennessee known around this time last year as well, picking the Lady Vols over a trio of SEC schools (Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Georgia). No. 15 Morgan Tuck of Bollingbrook, Ill., decided in the fall of 2010 that UConn would be the place for her after an unofficial visit for the Huskies' midnight madness event, while No. 20 Andraya Carter of Flowery Branch, Ga., opted to call Tennessee her future home in January. Maryland scored No. 22 Tierney Pfirman of South Williamsport, Penn., in February while she was on an unofficial visit to the ACC school.
While a majority of the nation's top junior class prospects are actively making visits and gathering information about their schools of interest, Brown is the only one has decided to cash in her chips. With all of this undecided talent still available, it provides us with a good deal of drama as we get closer to the April evaluation period. With 24 of the top 25 players still on the board, the distinction of having a top-five recruiting class is certainly up for grabs.
On the subject of junior class recruiting, Celeste Edwards of Indianapolis, Ind., has decided to re-open her recruitment. Edwards, the No. 41 ranked prospect nationally, had chosen Dayton in the fall before reversing course last week. The 5-foot-10 point guard is one of the nation's top distributors and brings a different dimension to the position with her length. On Wednesday, she led her North Central team to an upset victory over No. 29 Hamilton Southeastern in the state region finals. With her versatility, she should have no problem finding a future college home.
LaSalle women's basketball coach Jeff Williams and his staff have had a big week, with two verbal commitments coming across their desk a year in advance. Earlier in the week LaSalle scored a verbal commitment from class of 2013 forward Deja Bullock of Magnolia, N.J. Bullock will bring a good amount of athleticism and size to the A-10 school's front line. Williams was able to continue the momentum as he added more frontcourt depth in the form of Lisa Mintzer of Haverton, Penn. Mintzer is a 6-foot-3 post who should be able to help LaSalle build depth at both the center and power forward positions.
Success at the so-called mid-major Division I level is predicated upon getting quality players who could potentially contribute at BCS-caliber schools and selling them on the concept of being the big fish in a proverbial smaller pond. Drexel was able to do just that this week when they scored a verbal commitment from local product Sarah Curran of Radnor, Penn. Curran is a true four with the ability to play on both blocks as well as the high post. Her basketball IQ and feel for the game should allow her to see the court early in her career at the CAA school.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.