2011 Women's College Basketball Team Recruiting Rankings
Commits:3ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 Commits:4Top Prospect:P Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams of Virginia Beach, Va.
This encore to the nationally top-ranked 2010 signing class should be met with standing applause. While it isn't pegged quite as high as a year ago it is equally important because it brings the missing pieces to the program and solidifies the Blue Devils as major players on the court for years to come.
The headliner in the class is Elizabeth Williams, the 6-foot-3 prospect rated the top post in the class and No. 2 overall. She will join a program that could use help in the post immediately, making her commitment that much more important. With a talent-laden roster waiting at Duke, having her presence in the paint is going to make life much easier for all parties involved.
Williams will find a very skilled running mate in the frontcourt with the signing of No. 20 Amber Henson. The 6-3 forward has some perimeter skills, including range that most players her size only dream of. Collectively they present a huge challenge for opposing defenses. Furthermore, add these two to an already talent-laden roster of guards and wings and Duke fans should be expecting big things from Joanne P. McCallie's program.
On the perimeter Ka'Lia Johnson gives the Blue Devils a lock-down defender who has the strength to play either guard position. During signing week Duke found out its fourth verbal commitment had a change of heart. Whitney Knight, from Winston-Salem, N.C., reopened her recruitment and will sign in the spring.
Duke must also wait until spring for two additional prospects, No. 11 Betnijah Laney and Australian U17 national team star Gretel Tippet. Whether or not these two decide to become Blue Devils, this class should have the Durham campus buzzing.
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