Monday, July 9, 2012
Kentucky home for Linnae Harper?
By Keil Moore
|Linnae Harper stopped by Kentucky before she heads to Amsterdam with the U17 national team.|
Linnae Harper, a 5-foot-6 guard from Chicago, Ill., took an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky and spent time on campus with the coaching staff and players at the SEC school.
Harper, who is one of the 12 members of the USA U17 team that will be headed to Amsterdam to play for a world championship, will play her summer basketball this July with the Mac Irvin Fire. Over the past couple years, Harper has helped her Mac Irvin Fire team stand as one of the best summer teams in the country.
Harper, the No. 5 prospect in the HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2013 class, has not spent much time making unofficial visits but plans to pick up her recruiting in the fall after the U17 team gets back from world competition.
ACC class shaping up
Maryland coach Brenda Frese and her staff scored two verbal commitments last week when 5-10 wing Shatori Walker-Major of Aliquippa, Pa., and 6-3 center Brionna Jones of Havre de Grace, Md., made verbal pledges to the ACC school. Walker-Major and Jones will join Lexie Brown of Suwanee, Ga., and A'lexus Harrison of Baltimore, Md., as members of Maryland's 2013 recruiting class that is shaping up to be formidable nationally. The class features a true centerpiece in Brown, who is a member of the USA U18 national team, and is one of the best pure shooters in the class of 2013. She can play either guard spot depending on need. With Walker-Major and Harrison on the wings, Maryland added two of the better pure athletes in the class of 2013. Both players have a ton of upside and should continue to develop and get better during their time in college. Jones is a true center who should see time playing alongside Malina Howard and Tierney Pfirman, two Maryland 2012 frontcourt recruits. With four verbal commitments in hand, it is possible Maryland may turn its sights to the class of 2014, where it already has been fairly active. Alyssa Rice of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Mychal Johnson of Huntington, W.Va., will be among the names Frese and her staff will focus on moving forward.
Williams to Santa Clara: Taylor Williams of Highlands Ranch, Colo., made a verbal pledge to Santa Clara last week. Williams is a 6-foot combo forward with the potential to bring a good amount of versatility to the West Coast Conference school. Her ability to make quality decisions with the ball in her hand should translate well to the next level.
Darrah to Elon: Mackenzie Darrah of Buford, Ga., has decided to play her college basketball in the Southern Conference for Elon and coach Charlotte Smith. At 6-3, Darrah has the ability to play the face-up four role and stretch the floor with her perimeter shooting as well as playing with her back to the basket and scoring in the post. Darrah comes from a family of athletes. Her sister, Megan, was a standout as a member of the Georgia women's basketball team, and her brother, Thomas, played quarterback at Alabama and then later Jacksonville State University.
Stevens to Samford: Brittany Stevens, a 5-3 point guard from Norcross, Ga., has made a verbal pledge to play her college basketball at Samford. Stevens is a true floor general who will push her teammates to work hard and get better every day. To date, Stevens has won three state championships in high school at Wesleyan. Her ability to act as a leader, coupled with her understanding of what it takes to win on a day-to-day basis, should translate well to the next level.
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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.