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Courtney Ekmark checking out options

Updated: December 1, 2011, 11:40 AM ET
By Brandon Clay and Keil Moore | HoopGurlz

Courtney Ekmark Glenn Nelson/ESPN.comOne of the top prospects in the 2014 class, Courtney Ekmark of Phoenix, Ariz., is being proactive with her school visits.

Courtney Ekmark of Phoenix, Ariz., is hearing from college coaches nationwide. The sharp-shooting guard in the class of 2014 plays for a St. Mary's team that is ranked No. 2 in the POWERADE FAB 50, and she is one of eight potential Division I recruits on the squad.

After her performance at EBA All-American Camp in September, it's obvious that the 6-foot guard can do much more than stand and shoot the basketball. Add that to the fact that Ekmark is on track to be the valedictorian of her high school class, and it's easy to see why she has scholarship offers from multiple BCS schools already. The ESPN HoopGurlz Watch List member has begun the process of getting on campuses to see schools, visiting Notre Dame and Stanford this fall and eyeing trips to Connecticut and Duke in the spring.

-- Brandon Clay

Tennessee focuses on 2013

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While Tennessee came up short in its matchup with Baylor this past weekend, there was a bright spot in the potential Lady Vols who were on hand.

Four uncommitted top-30 prospects in the class of 2013, including three in the top 10, found their way to Knoxville, Tenn., to watch the game live. No. 3 Diamond DeShields of Norcross, Ga., No. 4 Taya Reimer of Indianapolis, No. 10 Tyler Scaife of Little Rock, Ark., and No. 30 Kristina Nelson of Buford, Ga., all were in attendance. This wasn't the first trip to Knoxville for any of the four uncommitted 2013 prospects that made the trip for the Baylor game.

Kaela Davis from Buford, Ga., the Lady Vols' only 2013 commitment to date, also was in the building.

In addition to the 2013 prospects, Tennessee had all three of its 2012 signees in the building, Bashaara Graves of Clarksville, Tenn., Andraya Carter of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Jasmine Jones of Madison, Ala.

Look for Tennessee to focus on the class of 2013 because it could have the roster space to take six or seven players. The class of 2013 is deep with talent, and the Lady Vols have done a very good job of getting top 2013 prospects on campus over the past 12 months. In addition to the 2013 prospects at the Baylor game, Tennessee has had the likes of No. 1 Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., No. 8 Allisha Gray of Sandersville, Ga., No. 15 Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg, Ind., and No. 34 Kendall Waters of San Ramon, Calif., on campus since the summer months.

-- Keil Moore

Mitchell hits the road

Kaliyah Mitchell, a four-star prospect in the class of 2013 from Stone Mountain, Ga., made a definite impression on our staff with another solid summer on the club circuit. After July came to a close, the 6-2 forward hit the ground running this fall, making stops at Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, most recently watching Georgia get a big win over Southern California. She'll finish her travels for the year with an unofficial visit to Lexington, Ky., for the Wildcats' in-state rivalry game vs. Louisville this weekend.

-- Brandon Clay

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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 bclay@peachstatehoops.com or you can follow him on Twitter @peachstatehoops.

Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at kmoore@peachstatehoops.com or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.

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