It's the busiest time of the regular season as college and high school teams alike are gearing up for the second half of conference play. That's not keeping some of the nation's top high school prospects from taking a look at some potential college destinations.
Plum visits Washington
Kelsey Plum from Poway, Calif. is known for her leadership and toughness on the floor. Those qualities are big reasons why Plum is being recruited by numerous schools around the country.
The 5-foot-9 point guard is ranked No. 31 by ESPN HoopGurlz in the 2013 class. She has started the process of visiting schools, most recently flying to Seattle, Wash., last weekend to see the University of Washington and coach Kevin McGuff's first-year staff. The La Jolla (Calif.) Country Day junior currently is the highest ranked point guard on the West Coast and, as a result, she has most of the Pac-12 actively recruiting her.
A super-skilled floor general who makes everyone around her better, Plum will have plenty to think about over the coming months.
-- Brandon Clay
Another Hayden linked to Baylor
Breanna Hayden of Dallas, Texas, is the No. 57 player in the Super 60 rankings for the class of 2013. While the 5-9 wing is certainly an accomplished player on her own, the Lincoln (Dallas, Texas) junior is thinking about following the footsteps of her older sister, Kimetria Hayden. The older Hayden is currently a junior guard playing for the Baylor women's basketball team.
Earlier this year, Breanna Hayden took another step in her sister's path and made an unofficial visit to Baylor for a home game. Baylor finished with the No. 8 ranked recruiting class in the class of 2012 and seems to be headed in the right direction with the class of 2013.
-- Keil Moore
Frerking looks ahead
Katie Frerking of Norcross, Ga., is emerging as one of the top class of 2013 prospects in the Southeast. The 6-foot wing at Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.) has recovered nicely from a knee injury suffered during her freshman season and has shown the versatility on both ends of the floor that made her a player to watch early in her career. That versatility has her stock rising with schools across the country.
Frerking visited Samford a couple of weeks ago and is eyeing a trip to Texas soon to take a look at Rice, Southern Methodist, and Texas Christian. She has a connection to the Lone Star State as her older brother, Andrew, currently is on the football team at Baylor.
-- Brandon Clay
Caston makes visit
Jasmine Caston of Plano, Texas, was a standout this past summer turning heads in some of the top events in the country. The 5-9 class of 2013 guard has taken her success on the summer circuit and parlayed it into quality college interest, and is starting to make unofficial visits to schools of interest. So far, Caston has taken visits to Baylor and Southern Methodist and plans to continue to make visits throughout the spring.
-- Keil Moore
Reese visits in-state
In previous recruiting classes, the talent pool in the state of Colorado has been thin at best. While the state typically produces one or two top 100 caliber players, there is a certain lack of depth in the state talent-wise. As a result, for a school like the University of Colorado, keeping the quality talent at home becomes paramount for a staff as they attempt to succeed on a national scale in a conference like the Pac-12.
This week Colorado made a step in this direction when they scored an unofficial visit from Mikayla Reese from Sand Creek (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Reese is one of the better prospects in the state of Colorado from the class of 2014 and keeping her home would be a big deal for one of the Pac-12's newest programs.
-- Keil Moore
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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 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 email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.