2012 Women's College Basketball Team Recruiting Rankings
Commits:5ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 Commits:3Top Prospect:G Brianna Butler
Brianna Butler of Brooklyn, N.Y. (ESPN HoopGurlz)
The Orange had a pretty good class heading into the early signing period with No. 73 Cornelia Fondren of Memphis, Tenn.; Taylor Ford of New York, N.Y., who was No. 87 in 2011, and Pachiyanna Roberts, a three-star prospect from Powder Springs, Ga. That class took a quantum leap with the later additions of No. 13 Brianna Butler of Brooklyn, N.Y., and No. 30 Brittney Sykes of Newark, N.J.
Every top-flight class needs a signature sign, and coach Quentin Hillsman got his in Butler, a creative 5-foot-11 guard who has during the past year embraced a go-to role offensively. She has all the tools and weapons that a perimeter player needs and is the kind of unselfish star who can lift a team, which is great for Syracuse as it transitions into a very competitive ACC.
The rest of this class can simply roll in transition. Sykes is explosive and can navigate defenses in close quarters, while Fondren has good size for the point and transports the ball upcourt as fast as anyone in the class. Both have some ability to swing between the backcourt slots, as does Butler, making for a versatile perimeter trio. Ford and Roberts also can motor up and down the court, and both have a nose for making hard, hustle plays. Sykes and Roberts have very good individual defensive skills, while Ford, a springy 6-1, can be an accomplished shot-blocker.
If Hillsman pulls off the curtain call by reeling in some size to go with Tiffany Jones, a 6-3 former club teammate of Butler's and Ford's who is due to join Syracuse in 2013, this is a program that's going places in a hurry.
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