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Luck of the Irish

Kayla McBride, a guard ranked No. 33 in the 2010 class, gives her commitment to the Fighting Irish.

Originally Published: September 30, 2008
By Chris Hansen | ESPN HoopGurlz

Kayla McBrideMark Lewis, ESPN HoopGurlz Kayla McBride is poised to join the Fighting Irish after 2010.

Kayla McBride, a 5-foot-11 junior guard from Erie, Pa., has seen enough and on Monday she called Muffett McGraw, the head coach at Notre Dame, and made a verbal commitment.

McBride, will make the move from Pennsylvania to Indiana in a couple of years but will keep the same team nickname, Irish. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish coincidentally share their nickname with her travel club team, Irish AAU 17U.

Ranked No. 33 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super Sixty for the 2010 class, McBride is the sixth player from that group to commit early. She joins No. 4 Lauren Avant (Tennessee commit), No. 12 Karla Gilbert (Texas A&M), No. 18 Maggie Lucas (Penn State), No. 24 Katie Zenevitch (Boston College) and No. 26 Shakia Boler (Minnesota).

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Mark Lewis, ESPN HoopGurlz Kayla McBride can knock down jumpers and get to the basket.

McBride made an unofficial visit to South Bend in early September. In a statement released by her club team coach, Doug Chuzie, McBride said, "I love the coaches, players and their style of play. Just as important, I feel Notre Dame is the best fit for me academically, athletically and for my future. There really is no other place like Notre Dame."

Chuzie told ESPN HoopGurlz that McBride considered 15 schools in her process, visiting Bowling Green in May and having coaches from Ohio State, Stanford and USC viewing recent workouts. She was also considering Duke and Vanderbilt.

McBride has the ability to play either guard position. She excels at dribble penetration and can finish or set up shooters. She utilizes a nice pull-up jumper and executes well in the half court even without the ball in her hands. She is a very active player who doesn't take plays off and will give Notre Dame a versatile guard with lots of energy.

"My favorite thing about Kayla's game is her competitive streak," Chuzie said. "I'm not sure what is more important to her winning or not losing. She brings enthusiasm and toughness with her every day to both practice and games. Kayla's passion for the game of basketball is absolutely contagious."

So while Notre Dame waits on Skylar Diggins and Joslyn Tinkle from the 2009 class they can enjoy snagging an early 2010 verbal to hold them over.

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Chris Hansen covers girls' high school basketball nationally for ESPN.com and leads the panel that ranks and evaluates players for the network. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Communications degree. He can be reached at chris.hansen@espn3.com.

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