2011 Women's College Basketball Team Recruiting Rankings
Commits:3ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 Commits:3Top Prospect:F Cierra Burdick
Ariel Massengale of Bolingbrook, Ill.
With two of the top five players in the class and a third in the top 30, Pat Summitt and her staff have loaded up. The additions of Cierra Burdick and Isabelle Harrison greatly help replace the five frontcourt players set to graduate in 2012.
Both Burdick and Harrison are athletic and versatile forwards who bring something different to the floor. Burdick, at 6-foot-2, has perimeter skills from years of playing at the guard position that make her a handful to defend at the high post. The 6-3 Harrison can fly up and down the court in transition and is a shot-blocking force.
The glue that makes this class stick is the addition of Ariel Massengale, the top-ranked point guard in the class. She is a heady point guard who started for the USA Basketball U17 national team that won a FIBA World Championship this summer.
The class is so impressive that Lady Vols fans will quickly get over Elizabeth Williams choosing Duke. Vicki Baugh and Kelley Cain both getting a year back with redshirt seasons allows Tennessee to use the 2011 and 2012 classes together to rebuild the frontcourt of the future.
With just two seniors on the Lady Vols' roster this season, these elite prospects will be introduced to college basketball with a veteran group to show them the way.
The Lady Vols had a scholarship open up when point guard Lauren Avant transferred but it came so late that Tennessee couldn't feasibly use it.
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