Webb picks LSU
Adrienne Webb orally commits to LSU, writes Glenn Nelson.
It all unfolded in living, breathing Technicolor that day back in mid-June. Adrienne Webb knew immediately that she had to have one. And she lusted after it the rest of summer.
The object of Webb's desire was not an iPhone or anything like that. It was a spot on the LSU women's basketball roster.
And it finally was offered on Saturday. The sharp-shooter from Madison, Ala., didn't have to think about it. Since attending the Tigers' elite camp, she hadn't stopped thinking about it.
"I got a picture of what I wanted to play with," said Webb, who is No. 47 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred for 2009. "They play uptempo. That's the way I play. After seeing all they had, I really wanted to get down and play with them."
The offer didn't come immediately, but the LSU staff asked Webb to not hurry her decision. Alabama, Auburn and Georgia were her other finalists, but she was willing to hold out for LSU. She'd been only to Auburn and Georgia, if seeing only the Bulldogs' gym counts as a visit.
A lot of what caught Webb's eye at LSU was coach Van Chancellor's first signing class for the Tigers, ranked fourth in 2008 by ESPN HoopGurlz. It included three McDonald's All-Americans - LaSondra Barrett, Ayana Dunning and point guard Destini Hughes. "Pretty impressive," Webb said.
That class had a lot of everything - but mostly size and point-guard play. What it lacked is what Webb brings to the table - long- and mid-range shooting. At 5 feet 10 she has length, like most of her future teammates and a tenacity at both ends of the floor.
LSU was a constant presence as Webb's club team, the Alabama RoadRunners, criss-crossed the country this summer. That presence provoked a great July from Webb, who wanted to prove herself worthy of an offer.
"I was determined," Webb said.
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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American Selection Committees, he formerly coached girls club basketball, was the editor-in-chief of an online sports network, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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