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Week in Review: Duke's on a roll

Kianna Holland of Seneca, S.C., chose Duke on Thursday and in the process set the foundation for the Blue Devils to have one of the best recruiting hauls in the Class of 2013.

Holland is the No. 22-ranked prospect nationally in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Super 60. Though the 5-foot-9 combo guard is the only verbal commit for coach Joanne P. McCallie's crew to date, there still are 23 of the nation's top 25 recruits remaining on the board.

Duke is believed to be a frontrunner in the race for No. 19 Sydney Umeri of Acworth, Ga., and the Blue Devils had the nation's No. 5-ranked player, Rebecca Greenwell from Owensboro, Ky., on campus recently. Both No. 3 Diamond DeShields of Norcross, Ga., and No. 14 Kailee Johnson from Portland, Ore., also have dropped in on the Durham, N.C., campus this school season.

Holland fits right in with Duke's projected starting backcourt of Chelsea Gray, who will be a senior, and Alexis Jones, who will be a sophomore during the 2013-14 season. Both are dynamite scoring guards with the ability to find the open teammate. Holland has that same type of ebb and flow to her game with the skill to score from long range as well as off the dribble in the mid-range area. Her performance at last summer's USA Basketball U16 trials and again at the Elite Basketball Academy Super 64 Camp proved that Holland belonged in the elite-level guard discussion. She was consistent in making quality plays against some of the nation's best players.

-- Brandon Clay

Carlson Is A Bronco

Last summer, Beth Carlson of Mill Creek, Wash. turned heads with her play at the Nike Summer Showcase in Elgin, Ill. Carlson, a 6-foot-1 post player, showed a developed offensive package with the ability to score with her back to the basket as well as face up and knock down the high-post jumper. As a prospect, her size and developed skill set allowed her to make a name for herself at one of the country's premier summer tournaments. Following her impressive summer, Carlson had the opportunity to garner a bit of major conference interest as a post player with a developed skill set. Carlson recently verbally committed to Santa Clara, which is getting a potential All-Conference-type post player who is certain to be the centerpiece of its recruiting class.

-- Keil Moore

Wilmoth to IPFW

It is no secret that the Class of 2012 is thin as far as post depth is concerned. This fact coupled with the physical tools that 6-foot-3 post player Danielle Wilmoth of Lagrange, Ohio possesses made her a hot commodity this winter as she saw her recruiting heat up. This week, she made the pledge to stay close to home and play her college basketball in the Summit League for IPFW.

-- 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 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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