Jordan Reynolds logging miles
Jordan Reynolds, the No. 45 prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Super 60 for the class of 2013, has been busy making the rounds at different schools.
In late 2011, the four-star perimeter threat from Portland, Ore., made trips to Washington, Oregon and Oregon State. Earlier this year, Reynolds, who earned an invitation to the USA Basketball U16 trials last May, made a trip to USC. And just this past week, Reynolds made a trip East to take a look at North Carolina.
The 5-foot-11 wing is one of the more sought-after prospects in the country in large part because of her explosive game. Many Pac-12 teams are hoping she stays close to home, while big-time East schools are trying to lure her away.
-- Keil Moore
With each passing season, more and more coaching changes are occurring at schools across the country. Prospects nationwide should take note.
This week alone, several power-conference schools have made changes, including Matt Bollant taking over at Illinois, Curt Miller at Indiana and Adrian Wiggins at Mississippi. Because of those hirings, there are openings at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Bowling Green and Fresno State. All three of those mid-major programs enjoyed trips to the NCAA tournament this season.
Prospects and their families should take into consideration if a coaching staff is on the proverbial hot seat or if there is sustained success. Both are major indicators into whether staffs might be around for the majority, if not the duration, of a player's collegiate career.
-- Brandon Clay
Moore on the Board
On the subject of changes, Amanda Moore reversed course this week, choosing not to attend Loyola Marymount after signing a National Letter of Intent in the early period. The 5-9 guard from Seymour, Ind., immediately became one of the nation's top spot-up shooters remaining on the 2012 board.
Our staff saw Moore shoot the ball extremely well at the USJN Great Plains last April in Chicago. She already has a scholarship offer from Evansville with heavy interest from Tennessee-Martin as well.
-- Brandon Clay
Dennis Gives Miami Three
Caprice Dennis, the No. 47 player in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Top 100 for the class of 2012, made a verbal commitment to the University of Miami late last week. The smooth 5-foot-9 point guard from Detroit became the Hurricanes' third top-100 commitment in the class and the second top-100 commitment since the end of the early signing period.
Dennis joins Macy Keen, the No. 37 player in the senior class, who made a verbal pledge the first week of March. The additions of Keen and Dennis late give Miami, capitalizing on being in the top 10 all season long, a top-25-caliber recruiting class.
In the fall Miami's 2012 class was comprised solely of 6-1 forward Keyona Hayes. While Hayes, the No. 67 player the 2012 class, would have been a nice solo addition for the ACC school, Miami coach Katie Meier graduates the two most productive players of her tenure in Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams. Picking up Keen and Dennis late in the recruiting process gives Miami a solid recruiting class to replace what it loses in this year's senior class.
-- Keil Moore
Napier picks the MVC
Rishonda Napier had been one of the best available point guards in the 2012 class since the end of the early signing period. This week the Burbank, Calif., native signed with Southern Illinois. She joins 5-11 forward Azia Washington as a member of the Salukis' 2012 recruiting class.
Napier, a three-star prospect, played summer basketball for the FBC club program based out of Los Angeles. FBC has had a good bit of success sending players out of state as some of their notable alumni, Nikki Speed (Rutgers) and Tear'a Laudermill (Nebraska), have made noise at their respective schools.
-- 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.
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