Friday, February 24, 2012
Players of note headed to WBCA Game
By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore
|Maryland signee Tiernery Pfirman of Williamsport, Pa., the No. 22 prospect in the 2012 class, was one of three players of note who were named to the WBCA All-American Game but not McDonald's.|
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Game, played March 31 in Denver, Colo., during the Final Four weekend, features 20 of the best high school seniors in the country. The WBCA roster is nearly identical to the roster for the McDonald's All-American Game. However, there are three new names worthy of mention.
Tennessee signee Jasmine Jones of Madison, Ala., is an athletic forward with a college-ready frame. Oklahoma signee Nicole Kornet of Dallas, Texas, is a smooth wing with the size and athleticism to make plays in a variety of ways. Maryland signee Tierney Pfirman of Williamsport, Pa., is a versatile forward who can play inside and out.
Those three prospects join Jordan Adams of Irvine, Calif.; Kahleah Copper of Philadelphia, Pa.; Nirra Fields of Los Angeles, Calif.; Bashaara Graves of Clarksville, Tenn.; Malina Howard of Twinsburg, Ohio, and Moriah Jefferson of Glenn Heights, Texas.
The remainder of the WBCA All-Americans are Jonquel Jones of Ellicott City, Md.; Jordan Jones of Desoto, Texas; Jewell Loyd of Lincolnwood, Ill.; Michaela Mabrey of Holmdel, N.J.; Xylina McDaniel of Blythewood, S.C.; Alexis Prince of Orlando, Fla.; Imani Stafford of Los Angeles Calif.; Breanna Stewart of North Syracuse, N.Y.; Morgan Tuck of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Courtney Williams of Houston, Texas.
-- Keil Moore
Northwestern's momentum continues
Earlier in the month, Northwestern coach Joe McKeown and his staff landed a big time commitment from Christen Inman of Katy, Texas, ranked No. 55 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz. This week they were able to pick up another piece of great news as they added a verbal from No. 43 Nia Coffey of Minneapolis, Minn.
Coffey is an athletic forward who brings good versatility to any lineup. The addition of Coffey to Northwestern's Class of 2013 gives the Wildcats two quality Super 60-caliber recruits early in the recruiting season. This kind of early momentum is always good. The Northwestern staff now has the flexibility to take a couple chances in the recruiting game and focus on landing one or two more high-demand recruits in the spring and summer.
-- Keil Moore
Loecker Is A Cowgirl
Oklahoma State got an early start on its 2013 recruiting class this week with a verbal from Katelyn Loecker of McPherson, Kan. As the Cowgirls try to remain amongst the Big 12 elite, coach Jim Littell tagged the 6-foot-1 forward as a centerpiece for the future. We saw Loecker multiple times last summer and like her ability to score in the high post and short corner areas. She has good size to go along with her skill set.
-- Brandon Clay
Jada Butts to TCU
For the past calendar year there has been a little uncertainty as to what conference the Texas Christian women's basketball program would call home next season. Originally the Horned Frogs were supposed to make the jump to the Big East, a conference that would provide them with increased exposure on the national scale. A couple months later they instead decided to jump to the Big 12. It's another major conference, but it's also one that adds the extra benefit of providing natural geographical rivalries.
TCU has offset the conference uncertainty by continuing to add quality talent in preparation for its move. This week, coach Jeff Mittie and his staff were able to land Jada Butts, a guard from Lewisville, Texas. One of the best on-ball defenders in the Class of 2013, Butts certainly will help the transition to the Big 12.
-- Keil Moore
Interest in Darrah heats up
Mackenzie Darrah of Buford, Ga., has seen her recruitment take off since the beginning of the school season. Schools from as far away as the Big 12 have shown interest, as Kansas State has flown in to watch both a game and a practice. Recently, the 6-foot-3 forward has visited Davidson and Samford, two of the Southern Conference's top academic institutions. She plans on making several visits during the offseason as well.
-- Brandon Clay
Jordan Reynolds plans visits
Jordan Reynolds of Portland, Ore., the No. 45 prospect in the Class of 2013, is starting to plan visits and gather information for her recruiting process. The 5-foot-11 guard has high interest from a number of major college programs and has already made visits to local schools such as Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. This past weekend she also made a trip to USC for an unofficial visit.
Reynolds says she plans to continue to make trips throughout the spring.
-- 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 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 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 email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.