Nicole Kornet sets OU up for success
Nicole Kornet of Lantana, Texas, the No. 19 prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 for the class of 2012, is considered one of the nation's top wing prospects. She's a standout golfer as well. Fortunately for Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, Kornet decided on Tuesday night to play collegiate basketball for a Sooner program that is consistently among the best in the country.
Our staff watched the four-star wing-guard play multiple times this club season, including a July performance in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she scored multiple ways in the same game. The 5-foot-11 wing can consistently hit the outside jump shot or put the ball on the floor one time to score it in midrange. Her versatility and skill set as a bigger perimeter threat fits right in line with current and previous Sooners Stacey Dales and Whitney Hand.
Kornet's decision gives Oklahoma two top 35 players in the country. The Big 12 powerhouse already has a verbal from No. 33 Maddie Manning out of Ankeny, Iowa. The combination of those two makes them a virtual lock for a spot in our final recruiting class rankings next month.
Hand, the 2009 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, is a redshirt junior this season and, assuming she returns for her fifth year, will have a season to guide the duo that stands to fill her shoes. Hand's extra season comes after an ACL injury cut her sophomore season short in the fifth game.
Oklahoma has just two seniors on the roster this season, with the nucleus returning for the 2012-13 season. With Kornet and Manning, Coale's team will be as stocked with shotmakers at the wing position as any program in the country.
The Sooners are also waiting to hear from a pair of prospects from the Southeast, No. 8 Rachel Hollivay of Columbus, Miss., a 6-4 post, and No. 16 Alexis Prince of Maitland, Fla., a 6-2 wing. Oklahoma has depth in the frontcourt, but the addition of Hollivay could make this a class to remember.
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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Hansen is the national director of prospects for ESPN HoopGurlz and covers girls' basketball and women's college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women's basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald's All-American team selection committee. Hansen can be reached at email@example.com.
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