Friday, May 18, 2012
Week In Review: 2012 Overtures
By HoopGurlz Staff
Karlie Samuelson of Huntington Beach, Calif., is widely regarded as an elite-level shooter in the class of 2013. Her shooting range is so accurate that she's been invited to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete for a spot on a USA Basketball team the past two summers. Because of her academic standing off the floor and her long-range shooting ability on it, she received interest from schools across the country, including Connecticut and UCLA.
The 5-foot-10 shooting guard has decided to stay in-state and attend Stanford. Samuelson, a three-star prospect, is no stranger to Palo Alto as her sister, Bonnie, just completed a solid freshman campaign for the Cardinal team that advanced to the Final Four. And the Samuelson lineage doesn't end with Karlie; her younger sister and high school and blub teammate, Katie Lou, is a class of 2015 prospect.
-- Brandon Clay
Gibbs Picks Southern Cal
One of the side effects of all of the coaching changes around women's college basketball has been a high volume of 2012 recruits seeking and being granted releases from National Letters of Intent that they signed in the fall. As head coaches seemingly depart almost daily, a number of top prospects have made moves from their original destination as well.
This week, class of 2012 wing Destinie Gibbs of Decatur, Ga., decided to take her talents to the West Coast and commit to USC. Gibbs originally signed with Ole Miss before a spring head coaching change at the SEC school caused her to rethink her decision. After being granted a release, Gibbs took unofficial visits to N.C. State and Southern Cal. Adding a player of Gibbs' caliber gives USC coach Michael Cooper a toughness and defensive mentality that his roster has lacked on the perimeter in years past.
Gibbs is an elite-level defender who should be able to guard multiple positions in the Pac-12. In joining current 2012 signees Jordan Adams of Santa Ana, Calif., and Brianna Barrett of Winnetka, Calif., the three guards give USC very good replacements for the players that they lost this year to graduation. Gibbs' defensive mentality should blend well with the offensive prowess of Barrett and the all-around game of Adams.
-- Keil Moore
Moncrief gets rolling
Class of 2013 guard Raiygne Moncrief of Lauderhill, Fla., has had an active spring, during which she has taken unofficial visits to Georgia Tech and Central Florida. The 5-9 guard also plays for the AAU Miami Suns and has the potential to be a hot name this summer. A four-star guard, Moncrief was out last summer because of injury and as a result missed the opportunity to get as much exposure during the NCAA evaluation periods.
Moncrief's ability to play both guard spots in college and her athleticism, which allows her to excel in an uptempo style of play, has schools eager to get head coaches out to take a look at her early in July. Her tools and abilities fit in well with Georgia Tech, which is a program that likes to press and push the ball in transition. Central Florida, which is headed to the Big East next season, is looking to adding a speedy, athletic scoring option in the 2013 class as a centerpiece that would help during its rigorous conference schedule.
-- Keil Moore
Harris visits two
A spate of top prospects joining together with their friends to commit en masse to play college basketball is impacting the landscape of recruiting. The 2013 class has given us a number of examples of this recently, with North Carolina's four top 20 commits on a single day and the duo of No. 4 Taya Reimer and No. 33 Kristina Nelson headed to Notre Dame. Last year, 2013 prospects Makayla Epps (No. 51) and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers decided to make a verbal pledge to Louisville together. Epps and Goodin-Rogers play high school together as well.
This weekend, Alex Harris of Lorain, Ohio, who is the No. 46 player in the ESPNHoopGurlz Super 60, will make unofficial visits to both Toledo and Xavier. Harris shuffled her school list earlier this week and looks to be trying to visit as many campuses as possible before shutting down her recruitment. Joining Harris will be her club basketball teammate Brittney McNamara. Both players have played together with TNBA for multiple summers. Harris has a number of BCS schools on her list, including Louisville, Penn State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Three of the non-BCS schools on her list -- Akron, Xavier and Toledo -- are also heavily recruiting McNamara as well.
-- 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 email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter @BrandonClayPSB.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.