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Friday, June 29, 2012
Penn State adds two 2013 prospects

By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore
HoopGurlz

Peyton Whitted
Suwanee, Ga.-based Peyton Whitted -- one of the top players in the 2013 class -- will reunite with former club teammate Kaliyah Mitchell to play at Penn State.

Penn State added to its class of 2013 in a big way, landing two Georgia-based prospects in Kaliyah Mitchell of Stone Mountain and Peyton Whitted from Suwanee. Former club teammates, the duo will reunite to play together for four seasons starting next fall. Whitted, a 6-foot-2 forward, is the No. 56-ranked prospect in the ESPNHoopGurlz Super 60. Mitchell, also a 6-2 four-star prospect, and Whitted will will bring versatility and shot-making ability to State College.

The Nittany Lions also added class of 2013 post Jenny DeGraff from Springboro, Ohio, this week after the conclusion of their Elite Camp. Those three -- along with 6-6 Infiniti Alston of Baltimore, Md., who verbally committed last year -- give the Nittany Lions real size and length as they continue to compete yearly for the Big Ten championship. -- Brandon Clay

Greene chooses Miami

Nigia Greene of Atlanta, Ga., is off the board to Miami. The 5-foot-10 Greene will give coach Katie Meier a smooth guard who is capable of scoring off of the dribble drive as well as handling the basketball in the open floor. Greene is the No. 39-ranked prospect in the ESPNHoopGurlz Super 60. She becomes the second player in two years to choose Miami after attending Saint Francis school following Keyona Hayes, who will enter the ACC powerhouse as a freshman this fall. -- Brandon Clay

Davis visits Duke

Kaela Davis of Buford, Ga., took an unofficial visit to Duke on Thursday and spent the day with coach Joanne P. McCallie and her staff. Davis, the No. 2 player in the ESPNHoopGurlz Super 60, was once a Tennessee verbal commitment. She has previously made visits to UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Davis is still gathering information on potential schools of interest and will continue to make unofficial visits after the July evaluation periods are complete. -- Keil Moore

Tulsa adds two

Erika Lane
Tulsa landed 5-foot-10 guard Erika Lane of Topaka, Kan., this week.

Last week we talked about Tulsa, which added Lisa Spoerl, a 6-foot-1 forward who decided to stay in her hometown and play for coach Matilda Mossman and her staff. This week, the Golden Hurricane continued that momentum by landing two more commitments for the 2013 class in 5-foot-10 guard Erika Lane and 6-foot-2 center Autura Campbell, both out of Topeka, Kan. Adding the two most recent Tulsa commitments to a 2013 class that already includes a player of Spoerl's caliber gives Mossman and her staff an excellent start to their 2013 recruiting and affords them the ability to focus in on landing one or two more impact recruits heading into July. -- Keil Moore

Recruiting recap

Reese to Oklahoma State: The Cowgirls made a move toward the future when they secured a verbal commitment from class of 2014 guard Mikayla Reese of Colorado Springs, Colo., early this week. Reese can play the role of combo guard at the Big 12 school and should figure in well in Oklahoma State's backcourt for years to come. Reese will join class of 2013 forward Katelyn Loecker of McPherson, Kan., in Stillwater.

Taylor to Georgia Tech: Fresh off of an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, Georgia Tech has reloaded late with the signing of four-star center Nariah Taylor of Indianapolis, Ind. Taylor originally signed with Auburn in the fall but re-opened her recruitment after coach Nell Fortner resigned. Georgia Tech was a finalist the first time around and MaChelle Joseph's staff made enough of a positive impression to make the 6-4 post sign on the second time around.

C-Dub to G-Dub: Caira Washington of Brandywine, Md., verbally committed to George Washington on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 forward is a big piece for new coach Jonathan Tsipis and his staff's quest to keep some of the DMV area's top players home for school. Washington will give the Colonials an athletic forward who will aid in defending the interior for the school located in our nation's capital.