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Shenneika Smith to take more visits

Originally Published: November 12, 2008
By Glenn Nelson | ESPN HoopGurlz

Shenneika SmithGlenn NelsonShenneika Smith, the top shooter in this year's class, is deciding between Kentucky, St. John's, Ohio State, Marshall and Syracuse and will likely pick a school before the end of the early signing period.

The top shooter in the 2009 class should make her college choice in time to sign during the early signing period, but it likely won't be until after the weekend.

Shenneika Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y., the No. 7 prospect in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100, still has two more visits to make -- an unofficial to Ohio State this weekend, followed by an official visit to Syracuse, according to Apache Paschall, her high-school and club coach.

Smith plans to sign next Wednesday, said Paschall, who coaches her at St. Michael Academy in New York, as well as the Exodus club team.

Internet speculation and at least one media report has had Smith committing to Kentucky, as recruiting frenzy stirred on the opening day of the early signing period. Recruits may sign National Letters of Intent through next Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The 6-foot-1 Smith late last month told ESPN HoopGurlz that she was deadlocked between Kentucky and St. John's, the local school she said she's visited more than 25 times. Her pending visit to Syracuse was expected, but her interest in Ohio State, where former club teammate Samantha Prahalis is a freshman, is a new development. Marshall, which Smith visited the last weekend of October, also is in the mix, but likely a long shot.

Smith said she is split between wanted to stay close to her family and playing away from home, but definitely wants to play right away.

"I want to find a team where I can start as a freshman," she said last month, "but I don't want a team where it's going to be me, alone."

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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 glenn@hoopgurlz.com.

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