2013 Recruiting Outlook: Big East

Updated: May 1, 2012, 3:25 PM ET
By Keil Moore | HoopGurlz

Our fourth installment previewing the 2013 recruiting class focuses on the Big East. Here's a team-by-team look at what to expect.

Cincinnati


2012 Grads: 1
Chanell Chisolm (5-11 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Elese Daniel (5-11 Forward), Lesha Dunn (6-4 Center)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Shelbi Chandler (6-3 Forward), Alexis Durely (5-6 Point Guard), Jasmine Whitfield (5-11 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 4

NEEDS:

Cincinnati has been in rebuilding mode, adding talent and building a culture of winning, for the past couple seasons. In 2011-12, Cincinnati played with just one senior on its roster and had to incorporate a good amount of youth -- a total of seven freshmen and sophomores -- into the fold. Going into next season, coach Jamelle Elliott will look for her young players to turn the corner with an extra year of experience under their belts.

With its 2012 class, Cincinnati picked up another solid group that will provide more depth at nearly every position. With just two seniors set to graduate in 2013, Cincinnati will have a lot of stability. With its open scholarships in the class of 2013, Cincinnati should be able to shift the focus from addressing key areas of need on the roster to focusing on key targets who can make an impact early during their Big East careers.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Celeste Edwards, 5-9 G, ranked 41st, four-star rating
Ashley Morrissette 5-7 G, unranked, three-star rating
Nia Marshall 6-0 F, unranked, three-star rating

A few other names: Jeralyn Williams, Marley Hill, Charon Sweeney

Connecticut


2012 Grads: 1
Tiffany Hayes (5-10 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Heather Buck (6-3, Center), Caroline Doty (5-10 Guard), Kelly Faris (5-11 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Moriah Jefferson (5-6, Point Guard), Breanna Stewart (6-4 Forward), Morgan Tuck (6-2 Forward)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:

2011-12 was another successful season in Storrs as coach Geno Auriemma took a UConn team with just one senior to the Final Four yet again. UConn relied on a host of youth to contribute in key situations all season long. With only the departure of Tiffany Hayes to graduation and the loss of transfer Michala Johnson to Wisconsin, look for 2012-13 to be another outstanding season for UConn.

Led by Breanna Stewart, the No. 1 overall prospect in the country, UConn put together the No. 1 recruiting class for 2012. In addition to Stewart, the Huskies added Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, two of the top-15 players in the country. With a majority of its team returning for next season, UConn will have the flexibility to allow this talented trio of players to adjust to the college game without the pressure of early production.

The 2013 class for UConn has the potential to be another banner recruiting year. Although the Huskies will have six available scholarships, expect them to keep their numbers limited to only three or four in this class. UConn got some of the top prospects in the class, including Diamond DeShields, Erica McCall and Taya Reimer on campus early in their high school careers. The Huskies have also taken hard looks at Linnae Harper and Saniya Chong.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Diamond DeShields, 6-2 W, ranked 3rd, five-star rating
Taya Reimer, 6-2 F, ranked 4th, five-star rating
Erica McCall, 6-3 F, ranked 16th, four-star rating

A few other names: Linnae Harper, Saniya Chong, Stephanie Mavunga

DePaul


2012 Grads: 4
Keisha Hampton (6-2 Forward), Maureen Mulchrone (6-0 Guard), Deanna Ortiz (5-10 Guard), Taylor Pikes (6-2 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Katherine Harry (6-3 Forward), Anna Martin (5-9 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Brandi Harvey-Carr (6-3 Center), Megan Podkowa (6-1 Wing), Brooke Schulte (5-10 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 7

NEEDS:

DePaul's 2011-12 season was hampered by health issues. Coach Doug Bruno had to rely on a short bench to compete throughout a tough Big East regular season. All things considered, the season was an overall success as DePaul managed to win 23 games and make the NCAA tournament.

As its roster rolls over, the key for DePaul will be getting healthy and getting its freshmen acclimated to Bruno's system. DePaul will have to replace Keisha Hampton and look down the road to address the loss of standout guard Anna Martin to graduation next year. With Hampton and Martin leaving in the near future, finding an impact scorer and continuing to add depth across the frontline will be two key areas.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Antania Hayes, 6-1 W, ranked 29th, four-star rating
Jacqueline Grant, 6-3 C, unranked, two-star rating
Emmonnie Henderson, 6-2 F, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Bianca Quisenberry, Destinee Young

Georgetown


2012 Grads: 7
Adria Crawford (6-1 Forward), Tia Magee (6-2 Forward), Tommacina McBride (6-1 Forward), Amanda Reese (6-2 Forward), Alexa Roche (6-0 Guard), Morgan Williams (5-9 Guard), Rubylee Wright (5-3 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Vanessa Moore (6-2 Center), Sugar Rodgers (5-11 Guard), Sydney Wilson (6-6 Center)
2012 SIGNEES: 4
Logan Battle (6-2 Wing), Katie McCormick (5-9 Guard), Dominique Vitalis (6-2 Center), Omowumi Rafiu (6-1 Wing)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:

With the departure of coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, the Georgetown program is in flux until a new coach is named. The Hoyas, though, are coming off a good year, finishing fourth in the Big East and making an appearance in the NCAA tournament.

The new coach will be walking into a program that is ready to win. Williams-Flournoy leaves Georgetown with one of the country's best perimeter scorers in Sugar Rodgers and the No. 26 recruiting class in the country. There is a lot of talent on the current roster, and the school is in one of the hotbeds of talent with some of the country's best players in driving distance of the Big East campus.

With the 2013 class, the new Georgetown coach will have to focus on adding a primary post scorer and an additional point guard. The current roster for the 2013-14 season is absent of an offensive-minded post presence and is limited with one true point guard in Taylor Brown and a couple combo guards returning. A true point guard in the 2013 class would be a nice addition to a team that is poised to stay near the top of the Big East standings.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Lindsay Allen, 5-8 G, ranked 23rd, four-star rating
Teanna Muldrow, 6-2 F, ranked 33rd, four-star rating
Adriene Motley, 5-9 PG, ranked 38th, four-star rating

A few other names: Trimaine McCullough, Breanna Workman

Louisville


2012 Grads: 1
Becky Burke (5-11 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Shelby Harper (5-4 Guard), Monique Reid (6-1 Forward), Asia Taylor (6-1 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 2
Cortnee Walton (6-2 Forward), Megan Deines (6-0 Wing)
2013 Commitments: 2
Makayla Epps (5-8 Point Guard), Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (6-1 Forward)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:

Louisville coach Jeff Walz and his staff have done an excellent job of adding talent to their roster the past couple years. While their 2012 class isn't big in terms of numbers, it does address Louisville's needs and adds depth to the roster. With its 2012 class, Louisville added a perimeter scorer with size in Megan Deines and a physical inside presence in Cortnee Walton, one of the best rebounders in the class.

Louisville is also on solid footing for the class of 2013 with commitments from two of the best players in the state, Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers. With two prospects in hand, Louisville will turn its attention to adding impact recruits in hopes of compiling one of the best 2013 classes in the country. Louisville is listed as a potential destination for the No. 1 player in the country, Mercedes Russell, and the top-ranked in-state recruit, Rebecca Greenwell.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Mercedes Russell, 6-5 F, ranked 1st, five-star rating
Rebecca Greenwell, 6-1 G, ranked 5th, five-star rating
Jessica Jackson, 6-3 W, ranked 13th, four-star rating

A few other names: Stephanie Mavunga, Alexandra Harris, Karlie Samuelson, Tiffany Suarez, Alexandra Harris

Marquette


2012 Grads: 0
Proj. 2013 Grads: 1
Sarina Simmons (6-1 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 2
Ashley Santos (6-0 Guard), Brooklyn Pumroy (5-7 Point Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 3

NEEDS:

Marquette may have been one of the youngest teams in the Big East in 2011-12, playing with a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores and only one upperclassman. Next year, coach Terri Mitchell will return her entire team and still only have one senior in the program. The youth movement in Milwaukee has allowed Marquette to focus its recruiting efforts, and it added the No. 89 overall prospect in Ashley Santos and an additional point guard in Brooklyn Pumroy.

The Golden Eagles will have the ability to continue to target specific impact players in 2013 with no glaring positional need to be filled. The key recruiting year for Mitchell and her staff will be 2014, but until then Marquette can focus on putting together a class that can make an impact with highly regarded prospects who can help move the Golden Eagles up the ranks of the Big East.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Rebekah Dahlman, 5-9 G, ranked 24th, four-star rating
Peyton Whitted, 6-2 W, ranked 60th, four-star rating
Jacqueline Grant, 6-3 C, unranked, two-star rating

A few other names: Jade Martin, Jetaun Rouse, Jessica January

Memphis


2012 Grads: 5
Brittany Carter (5-9 Guard), Danay Collier (5-7 Guard), Kiana James (6-0 Forward), Jasmine Lee (6-2 Center), Ramses Lonlack (5-8 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 1
Nicole Dickson (6-0 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 6
Asianna Bey (6-2 Forward), Ariel Hearn (5-8 Guard), Mooriah Rowser (5-9 Guard), Jaymie Jackson (5-10 Guard), Courtney Powell (6-1 Forward), Devin Mack (5-10 Forward)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 2

NEEDS:

In just four years, Memphis has made tremendous strides under coach Melissa McFerrin and her staff. In 2011-12, Memphis posted its third consecutive 20-win season (25-8), and it was a solid recruiting year as well as Memphis inked a six-player 2012 class that was ranked 38th by ESPN HoopGurlz. With the move to the Big East on the horizon, Memphis will need to continue to focus its recruiting efforts on adding elite talent.

With only two scholarships available in the 2013 class, look for Memphis to focus its efforts on recruiting high-impact wings and post players who can earn immediate playing time. This will be the first class that Memphis takes into the Big East, and the staff is looking to hit a home run.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Tyler Scaife, 5-10 PG, ranked 10th, five-star rating
Nina Davis, 6-1 G, ranked 58th, four-star rating
Aliyah Cooley, 6-0 W, ranked 49th, four-star rating

A few other names: Kelsey Briggs, Taylor Williams, Jordan Dillard, Shanice Johnson

Notre Dame


2012 Grads: 4
Brittany Mallory (5-10 Guard), Fraderica Miller (5-10 Guard), Natalie Novosel (5-11 Guard), Devereaux Peters (6-2 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Skylar Diggins (5-9 Guard), Kaila Turner (5-8 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Hannah Huffman (5-9 Guard), Jewell Loyd (5-9 Guard), Michaela Mabrey (5-11 Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Diamond Thompson (6-4 Center)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:

After two straight national championship game appearances and reeling in the No. 4 recruiting class in the country for 2012, the Fighting Irish take a lot of momentum as they turn to recruit the class of 2013. They lose three key senior starters in Brittany Mallory, Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters and a key reserve in Fraderica Miller. The impact will be cushioned by the arrival of their 2012 signees, Jewell Loyd, Michaela Mabrey and Hannah Huffman, who will be asked to contribute early in their time in South Bend.

The 2012 class for Notre Dame has to be considered a success for Muffet McGraw and her staff, but the one piece they weren't able to address was adding a true post threat to replace Peters. With Malina Howard picking Maryland over Notre Dame, the Irish will look to the class of 2013 to address their post needs, an area they have already made a move on with the early verbal commitment of Diamond Thompson. Look for McGraw and her staff to focus on adding even more post depth with some of their remaining scholarships. Finding a replacement for Skylar Diggins at point guard is something that will need to be addressed as well, as the 2013 class will be the beginning of the post- Diggins era.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Mercedes Russell, 6-5 F, ranked 1st, five-star rating
Taya Reimer, 6-2 F, ranked 4th, five-star rating
Rebecca Greenwell, 6-1 G, ranked 5th, five-star rating

A few other names: Jessica Washington, Stephanie Mavunga, Linnae Harper, Kristina Neslon

Providence


2012 Grads: 6
Rachel Barnes (5-8 Guard), Colleen Breslin (5-8 Guard), Tiffany Hurd (5-10 Guard), Chandler McCabe (6-3 Forward), Lola Wells (5-6 Guard), Teya Wright (6-1 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Brianna Edwards (6-1 Forward), Symone Roberts (5-7 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Jephany Brown (5-10 Forward), Chanel Green (5-2 Point Guard), Lexie Sells (5-10 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:

Providence, like many schools this spring, is in transition with a coaching change. New coach Susan Robinson-Fruchtl is inheriting a program with a solid base of talent and a good 2012 recruiting class to build on. With a solid foundation, Robinson-Fruchtl will look to add depth to her roster as she begins the new era of Providence basketball.

A good strategy for Robinson-Fruchtl and her staff would be to use at least one of their six scholarships to fill each position across the board, which would give them a good amount of depth and allow them to minimize the damage if a player or two transfers. With just two projected 2013 grads, Robinson-Fruchtl and her staff may elect to use only four or five scholarships in 2013 and make an effort to build new relationships and recruit the Northeast hard for the class of 2014.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Teanna Muldrow, 6-2 F, ranked 33rd, four-star rating
Aliyah Cooley, 6-0 W, ranked 49th, four-star rating
Lubirdia Gordon, 6-4 C, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Aaliyah Lewis, Aliyah Smith, Jade Walker

Rutgers


2012 Grads: 4
Khadijah Rushdan (5-9 Guard), Nikki Speed (5-8 Guard), April Sykes (6-0 Forward), Jaymee Tucker (5-10 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 4
Brittany Lapidus (5-7 Guard), Chelsey Lee (6-2 Forward), Monique Oliver (6-2 Forward), Erica Wheeler (5-7 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 4
Ariel Butts (6-3 Center), Kahleah Copper (6-1 Guard), Rachel Hollivay (6-4 Center), Precious Person (6-1 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:

The freshman class heading to Rutgers this fall is ranked No. 3 in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz, and it has the potential to be very special for coach C. Vivian Stringer. Next year the 2012 class will join the No. 3 ranked class from 2011, giving Stringer and her staff a collection of young talent as good as any team in the country. The breakdown of the two classes will give Rutgers a tremendous amount of flexibility because the 2011 guard-heavy class was balanced well by a post-heavy 2012 class.

If there was an area of need for the Scarlet Knights, it would be on the wing, where they could stand to add a knockdown perimeter shooter to help open the floor for their guards and post players. Kelly Hughes, a 5-11 guard from Point Pleasant, N.J., may be a target in that role. Another key target for Rutgers will be keeping the state's best 2013 prospect, Teanna Muldrow, home.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Ieshia Small, 6-0 W, ranked 11th, five-star rating
Teanna Muldrow, 6-2 F, ranked 33rd, four-star rating
Sadie Edwards, 5-9 G, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Kelly Hughes, Nigia Greene, Jade Walker, Shanice Johnson

Seton Hall


2012 Grads: 2
Tajay Ashmeade (6-3 Center), Jasmine Crew (5-7 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 4
Terry Green (6-0 Forward), Breanna Jones (6-0 Forward), Alexandra Maseko (6-2 Forward), Brittany Morris (5-6 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 6 Sidney Cook (6-2 Forward), Janee Johnson (6-1 Forward)*, Jasmine McCall (5-9 Guard), Shannise Heady (5-11 Wing), Tabatha Richardson-Smith (6-0 Wing), Brittany Webb (6-4 Center)*
2013 Commitments: 1
Rachel Madden (6-4 Post)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 2

NEEDS:

Coach Anne Donovan and her staff have begun the rebuilding process. Their 2012 class, which includes four highly regarded high school seniors and two top junior college prospects, has the potential to make a major impact. With just two graduating seniors this year, look for Seton Hall to have the depth and talent to make an improvement next year with the 2012 recruiting class playing a role in that success.

One need for the 2013 class will be adding a true point guard. As it is comprised now, Seton Hall has a roster with a number of combo guards but no true floor general to run the team. With only three scholarships for the class of 2013, and a true post prospect in Rachel Madden locked into the class, look for Seton Hall to focus its efforts on adding a point guard and maybe one other prospect for the class of 2013.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Teanna Muldrow, 6-2 F, ranked 33rd, four-star rating
Sahara Lopez, 5-5 PG, unranked, four-star rating
Sydnei McCaskill 5-6 PG, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Denisha Petty-Evans, Sahara Lopez, Jade Walker

South Florida


2012 Grads: 3
Daleisha Carn (6-0 Forward), Jasmine Wynne (5-7 Guard), Andrea Smith (5-8 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 6
Sasha Bernard (5-6 Guard), Tiffany Conner (5-9 Forward), Aleshia Flowers (6-1 Forward), Caitlin Rowe (6-4 Center), Kaneshia Saunders (5-7 Guard), Andrell Smith (5-8 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Alisia Jenkins (6-1 Forward), Shavontae Naylor (5-9 Wing), Courtney Williams (5-8 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 7

NEEDS:

With six potential graduates for the class of 2013, this will be an important recruiting year for South Florida. Over the next two seasons, coach Jose Fernandez and his staff will lose five guards. Replacing depth in the backcourt is a key area of concern in Tampa, Fla., and Fernandez addressed some of those needs in 2012 with the signings of Shavontae Naylor and Courtney Williams.

In 2013 the Bulls will be able to use as many as seven scholarships and should focus on adding depth in both the frontcourt and the backcourt. Finding a back-to-the-basket post player and a true point guard will be two priorities. The Bulls carried 14 players on their roster this past season, so don't be surprised if they opt to use six or seven scholarships for this class.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Antania Hayes, 6-1 W, ranked 29th, four-star rating
Kai James, 6-4 C, ranked 40th, four-star rating
Tiffany Suarez, 5-9 G, ranked 56th, four-star rating

A few other names: Trimaine McCullough, Jaqueline Grant, Brittany Brown

St. John's


2012 Grads: 2
Tesia Harris (6-0 Guard), Da'Shena Stevens (6-1 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 4
Jennifer Blanding (6-3 Center), Nadirah McKenith (5-7 Guard), Eugeneia McPherson (5-8 Guard), Shenneika Smith (6-1 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 4
Cedrica Gibson (5-7 Guard), Ashley Perez (5-9 Guard), Ronika Ransford (5-7 Point Guard)* Sandra Udobi (6-2 Forward)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:

With a second-place finish in the Big East and a 24-win season, there was a lot for St. John's to celebrate in 2011-12. But the Red Storm will lose a key contributor in Da'Shena Stevens, and they will try to replace her production with the addition of a promising recruiting class, which includes the No. 74-ranked player in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100, Sandra Udobi, and three very good guard prospects in Ronika Ransford, Cedrica Gibson and Ashley Perez.

Next season St. John's will lose two key pieces to graduation in Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith. Having Gibson and Perez a year early should help replace McKenith. Finding a wing with Smith's scoring capability is a tall task and one that might be best done by committee rather than in the form of a true replacement. The addition of Ransford, a former McDonald's All American, should help cushion the blow felt by Smith's departure. Coach Kim Barnes Arico and her staff have six scholarships to work with for the class of 2013. Look for them to make a splash.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Teanna Muldrow, 6-2 F, ranked 33rd, four-star rating
Aliyah Cooley, 6-0 W, ranked 49th, four-star rating
Sadie Edwards, 5-9 G, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Jannah Tucker, Lubirdia Gordon, Jade Walker, Aaliyah Lewis

Villanova


2012 Grads: 2
Sarah Jones (5-7 Guard), Lindsay Kimmel (6-0 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 7
Jesse Carey (5-10 Guard), Pearl Mensah (6-1 Forward), Megan Pearson (6-0 Forward), Rachel Roberts (5-9 Guard), Emily Suhey (6-1 Forward), Laura Sweeney (6-2 Forward), Jessica Wamala (5-11 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Caroline Coyer (5-10 Guard), Katherine Coyer (5-11 Guard), Brandi Teague (6-2 Forward)
2013 Commitments: 1
Megan Quinn (6-2 Center)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:
Villanova loses nine players -- two this year and seven the next -- over the next two seasons, so coach coach Harry Perretta will have to cope with a lot of turnover. Villanova's 2012 class was primarily guard-based with the Coyer twins, but it added to its frontline with the addition of 6-2 forward Brandi Teague.

In 2013, Villanova will need to replace quite a bit of production because its top two scorers, Laura Sweeney and Rachel Roberts, are scheduled to graduate. Perretta has always recruited skilled guards and versatile forwards who can stretch the floor with their perimeter shooting. Look for him to continue to recruit to this blueprint with the class of 2013.


ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Shanice Johnson 6-1 F, unranked, four-star rating
Erin Waskowiak, 5-11 G, unranked, four-star rating
Paige Cashin, 6-4 C, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Kelly Hughes, Lindsay Spann, Kendall Waters

* Junior College Prospect

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