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Friday, February 17, 2012
Northwestern gets a jump on 2013

By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore

Christen Inman
The No. 55 prospect in 2013, Christen Inman of Katy, Texas, was a good get for a school like Northwestern that covets elite athletes with academic prowess.

Nary a week goes by without some movement in the world of recruiting. This week was no different, as three players ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz in their respective classes made the headlines.

Inman to Northwestern

For a few schools at the BCS level, the battle over elite-caliber recruits with high academic prowess is vital. Northwestern falls into that category. When the Wildcats are able to identify student-athletes like Christen Inman from Katy, Texas, who play the game at a high level but also succeed in the classroom, such prospects become major priorities.

Ranked No. 55 by ESPN HoopGurlz among 2013 prospects, Inman recently gave her verbal pledge to Northwestern. Before committing, Inman also considered high academic institutions such as Rice, Stanford, and Vanderbilt. Her decision to attend Northwestern gives coach Joe McKeown an elite athlete who should be able to play multiple perimeter positions in the Wildcats' lineup.

Inman also gives Northwestern a prospect worthy of building a recruiting class around.

-- Keil Moore

Moses' stock rising

The class of 2014 is starting to pick up for players around the country. This is the case for one of the nation's most skilled post players, Lauren Moses of Mount Holly, N.J.

Moses is ranked as the No. 25 prospect in the class. The 6-foot-2 forward visited Maryland this past weekend for its ACC game with Miami and visited nearby Villanova, just outside of Philadelphia, just a couple of weeks ago. Plenty of college coaches have attended her Rancocas Valley (Mount Holly, N.J.) games; Virginia Tech dropped in last week to see the versatile post player in action.

-- Brandon Clay

Umeri visits Virginia

Sydney Umeri of Acworth, Ga., is no stranger to the national recruiting circuit. The class of 2013 recruit made a name for herself as an eighth grader and has continued to impress every year since.

As the No. 19-ranked player in the 2013 class, Umeri is in high demand as a prospect and has a number of schools pursuing her services. This weekend, Umeri will focus her eyes on the University of Virginia for an unofficial visit. Umeri is a prospect who is interested in high academic schools, and is looking at trips to Stanford and Harvard as well. Umeri has already made an unofficial visit to Duke.

-- Keil Moore

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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the 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 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 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 or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.