2012 Women's College Basketball Team Recruiting Rankings
Commits:3ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 Commits:2Top Prospect:PG Danielle Ballard
Danielle Ballard of Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo)
Nikki Caldwell's first full recruiting class ranks in the top 20, at No. 19 at the close of the early signing class. The three-player class adds explosive firepower to the program behind two guard signees ranked in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100.
With senior point guard Destini Hughes in her last season as a Tiger, the signing of Danielle Ballard of Memphis, Tenn., the No. 24 ranked prospect in the class, was timely and important to the team's backcourt depth. Caldwell and her staff can try and mold her into a point guard or a scoring guard, and either way she provides a different set of skills than current sophomore Jeanne Kinney, who usually was the team's first guard off the bench and led the team in 3-point shooting.
LSU also added a talented shooting guard in No. 96 Kuaneshia Baker of Gretna, La. Baker is at her best creating offense off the dribble and has enough size at 5-10 to play either wing spot.
The Tigers will graduate four frontcourt players this year. Caldwell jumped right on replacing that talent, by luring Sheila Boykin, a 2011 prospect she landed a commitment from while coaching at UCLA, back in the spring. She also kept early commit Krystal Forthan with the program.
The early period signing of three-star prospect Derreyal Youngblood of Harvey, La., a 6-4 post, gives the program some of the depth that they are blessed with this season. Look for LSU to continue recruiting in the frontcourt in 2013.
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