2011 Women's College Basketball Team Recruiting Rankings
Commits:4ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 Commits:2Top Prospect:G Bria Smith
Bria Smith of Massapequa, N.Y.
The Cardinals had a busy spring recruiting season in the 2011 class. With three key additions Louisville's class moved up from No. 31 to No. 7.
Jeff Walz landed Bria Smith, the No. 8 prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, after the 5-8 guard from Massapequa, N.Y., was released from her National Letter of Intent by Virginia. Smith, an explosive guard who can create her own shot with the best in the class, reopened her recruitment after Debbie Ryan resigned at Virginia after more than three decades at the helm. Smith's offensive abilities combined with last year's late addition, Shoni Schimmel, as well as 2010 signee Charmaine Tay, make for a scary rotation over the next three seasons.
Also signing late was Esther Niamke, the 5-4 point point guard for France's U17 national team last summer. Niamke, who goes by the name "Monny," averaged 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in helping France to a bronze medal at the FIBA U17 World Championships.
Also signing this spring was Jude Schimmel, Shoni's sister. The 5-5 guard can play the role of distributor as well as make clutch shots when needed and should give Louisville considerable depth in the backcourt.
Those two late additions will join early signee Sarah Hammond. The 6-2 forward from Mount Vernon, Ky., is the 12th ranked player in the class and will give Walz a versatile scorer in the frontcourt to help replace Monique Reid, who will graduate after the 2011-12 season.
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