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Friday, March 16, 2012
Brianna Turner visits Connecticut

By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore
HoopGurlz

Brianna Turner
Brianna Turner, a 6-foot-3 forward and five-star rated prospect from Pearland, Texas, has now made unofficial visits to Connecticut, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M.

Brianna Turner from Pearland, Texas, visited Connecticut this week before the Big East tournament champions start their road through the NCAA tournament.

Turner currently is ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz as the nation's No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2014. The Huskies are no stranger to recruiting in the Lone Star State, having picked up a National Letter of Intent from Moriah Jefferson, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2012.

A 6-foot-3 forward, Turner has established herself as one of the more gifted sophomores, and her recruiting reflects that. She has scholarship offers from almost all of the nation's top programs and has visited both LSU and Texas A&M this basketball season.

-- Brandon Clay

April's chance to shine

With the April evaluation period right around the corner, club teams across the country are preparing for NCAA-certified events that will take place from April 20-22. It's a chance for the prospects to shine and gain notoriety while competing on one of the biggest stages the recruiting calendar has to offer. Last summer, a number of prospects increased their stock with solid performances during the spring evaluation period -- most notably Veja Hamilton, Linnae Harper, and Brittney Sykes.

Sykes is the No. 30-ranked player in the Class of 2012 and is headed to Syracuse this fall. She was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game later this month. Sykes burst on to the scene last spring at the Boo Williams Nike Invitational and turned heads with her play. The 5-foot-9 combo guard helped her Philly Belles team advance all the way to the championship game of the invitational, and as a result she saw her recruiting take off.

Similar to Sykes, Veja Hamilton impressed many people with her play in Hampton, Va. Headed to TCU, Hamilton played well early in the spring at events in Dallas and Houston and continued her strong spring through the April evaluation period where she solidified her stock as one of the best guards in the country.

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Linnae Harper, the No. 6 player in the Class of 2013, had an outstanding tournament at the Deep South Classic and managed to help her Mac Irvin Lady Fire team take home a tournament championship for their bracket. Harper displayed an impressive ability to play multiple positions on the floor and rebound the basketball as a 5-foot-6 guard. Going into April, it will be fun to see who can make a similar impact in this year.

-- Keil Moore

Simmons staying home

Ariana Simmons from Fort Wayne, Ind., decided this week to stay home and play for IPFW. The junior forward made a big impression at the Summer Invitational last July with her ability to rebound the basketball and make plays on the offensive end inside of 15 feet.

A three-star prospect, Simmons will look to diversify and improve her face-up game this summer in preparation to take her game to the Summit League.

-- 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.

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.