2013 Recruiting Outlook: Big Ten

Updated: May 1, 2012, 3:37 PM ET
By Keil Moore | HoopGurlz

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

ILLINOIS


2012 Grads: 4
Macie Blinn (5-11 Guard), Lydia McCully (5-9 Guard), Eboni Mitchell (5-7 Guard), Lana Rukavina (6-3 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Adrienne GodBold (5-11 Guard), Karisma Penn (6-2 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 2
Nia Moore (6-3 Forward), McKenzie Piper (6-0 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 7

NEEDS:

This spring marks the start of the Matt Bollant era in Champaign. Bollant will take over an Illinois team that finished 11-19 in 2011-12 and will need to address immediate needs on his roster for the class of 2013. In 2012, Bollant has the benefit of returning the top five scorers from last year's team, including Adrienne GodBold and Karisma Penn, which will help him succeed immediately.

With the departures of GodBold and Penn next year, recruiting the 2013 class will be crucial. Illinois will have seven scholarships to use, and, with needs to address across the board, it will look to add a large group. With a good amount of talent for the class of 2013 inside the state, look for Illinois to try to close down the borders and land a player at every position.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Celeste Edwards, 5-9 G, ranked 41st, four-star rating
Jetaun Rouse, 5-9 G, unranked, four-star rating
Emmonnie Henderson, 6-2 F, unranked, four-star rating


A few other names: Jeralyn Williams, Taylor Robinson, Kennedy Cattenhead

INDIANA


2012 Grads: 3
Danilisa Andujar (6-2 Forward), Alisha Goodwin (5-8 Guard), Georgie Jones (6-2 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 4
Sasha Chaplin (6-4, Center), Jasmine McGhee (5-11 Guard), Linda Rubene (6-3 Forward), Aulani Sinclair(6-1 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 2
Haley Videckis (6-0 Forward)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 7

NEEDS:
Like Illinois, Indiana has a new head coach this spring, as Curt Miller has been asked to rebuild the Big Ten program. With three of Indiana's leading scorers back for their final season in Bloomington next year, the 2013 recruiting class will be crucial. The current Indiana 2012 class is comprised of just one player, Haley Videckis. With seven players set to leave over the next two years, Miller will have the scholarship space to make a splash in 2013.

The state of Indiana has three players currently in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 and another three players on the ESPN HoopGurlz watch list for the class of 2013. With a quality foundation of local talent in-state, Miller's first priority should be trying to convince one or two of the state's top players to stay home and then work from there.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Taya Reimer, 6-2 F, ranked 4th, five-star rating
Stephanie Mavunga, 6-2 F, ranked 15th, four-star rating
Celeste Edwards, 5-9 G, ranked 41st, four-star rating

A few other names: Andrijana Cvitkovic, Mikale Rogers, Jeralyn Williams

IOWA


2012 Grads: 4
Megan Considine (5-8 Guard), Kalli Hansen (5-11 Forward), Kelly Krei (6-2 Forward), Kamille Wahlin (5-8 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Morgan Johnson (6-5 Center), Jaime Printy (5-11 Guard), Trisha Nesbitt (5-6 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Kali Peschel (6-0 Guard), Claire Till (6-0 Wing), Nicole Smith (6-4 Post)
2013 Commitments: 1
Alexa Kastanek (5-9 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:
The Hawkeyes are one of the few teams not desperate to find size in the 2013 class. Iowa could add depth, though, with Kelly Krei graduating this spring and the 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game of Morgan Johnson set to graduate after next season. But with Bethany Doolittle and Virginia Johnson in the mix in the current freshman class, as well as adding 6-4 post Nicole Smith in the 2012 signing class, head coach Lisa Bluder can be picky.

The Hawkeyes lost their leading scorer, Jaime Printy, to a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in early February. It was the second time she had torn the ligament in her left knee. The team was hoping to get some additional sharp shooting from freshman Kathryn Reynolds next season, but she, too, suffered a torn ACL this fall and her status is uncertain. The good news is that Iowa has another high-level shooter coming in 2013, with the early verbal of Alexa Kastanek. Look for the program to save a scholarship or two if perfect fits aren't readily available in 2013.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Sylvia Gatson, 6-0 W, unranked, four-star rating
Shaya Kellogg 6-2 F, unranked, four-star rating
Andrijana Cvitkovic 6-2 F, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Savanna Trapp, Tyseanna Johnson

MICHIGAN


2012 Grads: 4
Courtney Boylan (5-7 Guard), Jamilya Hardley (5-9 Guard), Carmen Reynolds (6-0 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 5
Sam Arnold (6-4 Forward), Nya Jordan (6-0 Forward), Jenny Ryan (5-9 Guard), Rachel Sheffer (6-1 Center), Kate Thompson (6-4 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 4
Symone Denham (5-9 Guard), Rebecca Lyttle (5-11 Guard), Kelsey Mitchell (6-1 Forward), Madison Ristovski (5-10 Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Taylor Gleason (5-9 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:
Kevin Borseth recently resigned as head coach and made the decision to take the job at his old school, Wisconsin-Green Bay. With Borseth's departure, Michigan, a 2011-12 NCAA tournament team, is going into the spring without a head coach.

The new coach will have to focus on recruiting the 2013 class hard in an effort to replace a large chunk of production that will be graduating over the next two seasons. Without a head coach in place, our projections on Michigan's potential 2013 recruiting targets will be based solely on need.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Antania Hayes, 6-1 W, ranked 29th, four-star rating
Bianca Quisenberry, 5-8 G, unranked, four-star rating
Paige Cashin, 6-4 C, unranked, three-star rating

A few other names: Jenny DeGraaf, Destinee Young, Taylor Agler

MICHIGAN STATE


2012 Grads: 3
Taylor Alton (5-11 Guard), Lykendra Johnson (6-1 Forward), Porsche Poole (5-8 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Tracy Nogle (5-11 Guard), Courtney Schiffauer (6-1 Forward), Jasmine Thomas (5-7 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Branndais Agee (6-0 Wing), Aerial Powers (5-11 Wing), Mariah Harris (5-11 Point Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Victoria Jankoska (5-8 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 3

NEEDS:
The November signing of Branndais Agee, the No. 27 prospect in the 2012 class, helped relieve some of the pressure of replacing standout seniors Lykendra Johnson and Porsche Poole, who combined to average just over 24 points per game for the Spartans last season. Coach Suzy Merchant has done a good job recruiting size, and the Spartans have one of the tallest frontcourts in the Big Ten and possibly the country. Next season Michigan State will have 6-foot-7 center Madison Williams, 6-4 forward Becca Mills, 6-3 center Jasmine Hines and 6-3 forward Annalise Pickrel contributing up front. With the additions of two big wings in Agee and Ariel Powers, as well as a point guard with great size in 5-11 Mariah Harris, Michigan State will be able to put a considerable amount of size on the court at any time.

With their 2013 class, the Spartans will look to make a move to replace departures in their backcourt. With just three scholarships available for the 2013 class and a well-balanced roster, Michigan State has the luxury of being selective with its recruiting. Merchant and her staff already have a verbal commitment in hand from 5-8 guard Victoria Jankoska, a very good perimeter shooting guard, for the 2013 class.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Antania Hayes, 6-1 W, ranked 29th, four-star rating
Charon Sweeney, 5-4 PG, unranked, four-star rating
Shakeya Graves, 5-9 PG, unranked, three-star rating

A few other names: Savanna Trapp, Jennifer DeGraff

MINNESOTA


2012 Grads: 4
Kiara Buford (5-11 Guard), Brianna Mastey (6-1 Guard), Nicole Mastey (6-1 Forward), Jackie Voigt (6-1 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Leah Cotton (5-8 Guard), Amber Dvorak (6-7 Center), Katie Loberg (6-4 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Mikayla Bailey (5-9 Guard), Jackie Johnson (6-2 Forward), Shayne Mullaney (5-9 Point Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:
Coach Pam Borton and her staff have made a concerted effort to close down the borders of their state and keep the best prospects Minnesota has to offer home. With their 2012 class, they took major steps toward that goal by signing the state's best prospect, Jackie Johnson. In addition to Johnson, Borton and her staff were able to keep home two quality guards, Mikayla Bailey and Shayne Mullaney.

For a couple years now, much has been made about the elite talent that the state of Minnesota has in the 2013 class. Currently there are two Super 60 players from the state of Minnesota and an additional six ESPN HoopGurlz prospects on the top 100 watch list. Although one of the two Super 60 standouts, Nia Coffey, has made a verbal commitment to Northwestern, that still leaves Borton and her staff seven elite in-state recruiting targets.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Rebekah Dahlman, 5-9 G, ranked 24th, four-star rating
Jessica January, 5-9 G, unranked, four-star rating
MC McGrory, 5-8 G, unranked, three-star rating

A few other names: Savanna Trapp, Joanna Hedstrom, Shaya Kellogg

NEBRASKA


2012 Grads: 2
Kaitlyn Burke (5-7 Guard), Harleen Sidhu (6-1 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Lindsey Moore (5-9 Guard), Meghin Williams (6-1 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 1
Rachel Theriot (5-11 Point Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Hannah Tvrdy (5-9 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 3

NEEDS:
Nebraska coach Connie Yori and her staff were able to win 24 games in 2011-12 with a roster that was heavily comprised of freshmen and sophomores. With eight of the 12 players on the team underclassmen, there is a lot to look forward to in Lincoln. Nebraska's 2012 class is small but strong as it added one of the best pure point guards in the country in Rachel Theriot. Theriot's addition will allow standout scorer Lindsey Moore to concentrate on playing off the ball as well as finding easy baskets for leading scorer Jordan Hooper.

With just three scholarships to use for the class of 2013, there is a good chance Nebraska will add only one or two pieces while focusing a good bit of its summer getting a jump start on what will need to be a large 2014 class. Adding a post player or maybe an additional athlete on the perimeter could be two areas Nebraska will focus on.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Kelsey Lang, 6-4 C, unranked, four-star rating
Trimaine McCullough, 5-9 PG, unranked, three-star rating
Jayla Hobza, 5-7 PG, unranked, three-star rating

A few other names: Ashley Deary, Shaya Kellogg

NORTHWESTERN


2012 Grads: 3
Allison Mocchi (5-10 Guard), Brittany Orban (6-0 Forward), Kate Popovec (6-3 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 4
Dannielle Diamant (6-5 Center), Kendall Hackney (6-2 Forward), Inesha Hale (5-9 Guard), Kate Popovec (6-3 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 4
Devon Brookshire (6-1 Wing), Lauren Douglas (6-2 Wing), Christen Johnson (6-3 Post), Maggie Lyon (6-1 Wing)
2013 Commitments: 2
Nia Coffey (6-1 Forward), Christen Inman (5-9 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 6

NEEDS:
Everything with Northwestern's recruiting plans for the class of 2013 was altered when former McDonald's All-American Morgan Jones elected to transfer. Jones' departure leaves a void on the Northwestern roster while giving coach Joe McKeown an extra scholarship for the class of 2013. Northwestern has already been active with recruiting the class of 2013 and has two Super 60 commitments, Nia Coffey and Christen Inman.

With a solid head start on its 2013 recruiting, look for Northwestern to continue to work to replace its 2013 senior class in addition to the early departure of Jones. Adding a true post player and an athletic guard will be two areas of need for Northwestern. Look for this to be a large class as Northwestern has traditionally carried a full roster.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Jetaun Rouse, 5-9 G, unranked, four-star rating
Jessica January, 5-9 G, unranked, four-star rating
Bianca Quisenberry, 5-8 G, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Andrijana Cvitkovic, Taylor Agler, Linnae Harper

OHIO STATE


2012 Grads: 1
Samantha Prahalis (5-7 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Emilee Harmon (6-2 Forward), Tayler Hill (5-10 Guard), Amber Stokes (5-10 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Ameryst Alston (5-9 Guard), Lisa Blair (6-6 Post), Caitlin Craft (5-8 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 3

NEEDS:
The Samantha Prahalis era is over, and with one of the program's all-time great players departing, coach Jim Foster and his staff will have to adjust. In years past, Ohio State has always been a post-oriented program, but with its two best players this past season being guards Prahalis and Tayler Hill, Foster shifted the focus from the post to the perimeter.

With Prahalis leaving, Ohio State will focus on adding an elite post player. In-state, Alexandra Harris is a primary target, and out-of-state targets include Florida's Kai James and Super 60 prospects Taya Reimer and Stephanie Mavunga. Finding a point guard to replace Prahalis will be a difficult task, but if they can land a top guard, expect Foster and his staff to pull the trigger.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Taya Reimer, 6-2 F, ranked 4th, five-star rating
Stephanie Mavunga, 6-2 F, ranked 15th, four-star rating
Kai James, 6-4 P, ranked 40th, four-star rating

A few other names: Alexandra Harris, Emmonnie Henderson, Saniya Chong

PENN STATE


2012 Grads: 2
Zhaque Gray (5-8 Guard), Renee Womack (5-10 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 5
Alex Bentley (5-7 Guard), Nikki Greene (6-4 Center), Mia Nickson (6-2 Forward), Gizelle Studevent (5-11 Guard), Marisa Wolfe (6-2 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 1
Candice Agee (6-6 Post)
2013 Commitments: 1
Infiniti Alston (6-5 Post)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 9

NEEDS:
Recruiting the 2012 class was an up-and-down process for coach Coquese Washington and her staff. In the fall they received verbal commitments from Brittney Sykes and Branndais Agee only for them to later rescind their pledges and opt to attend Syracuse and Michigan State, respectively. However, Washington and her staff were able to secure McDonald's All-American center Candice Agee as the lone member of their 2012 class. With the addition of Agee and its early verbal commitment from class of 2013 post Infiniti Alston, Penn State has solidified its post positions for years to come and will be able to shift its focus to adding quality forwards and guards in the 2013 class.

With nine scholarships available for the 2013 class, Penn State will have a number of areas to address in its summer recruiting. Priority No. 1 in State College would have been replacing four-year starting point guard Alex Bentley, but Maryland transfer Dara Taylor should be able to help fill the void left by Bentley's departure. With Taylor and their post additions, Penn State will focus on adding talent to the swing positions while targeting at least one point guard for the 2013 class.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Teanna Muldrow, 6-2 F, ranked 33rd, four-star rating
Antania Hayes, 6-1 W, ranked 29th, four-star rating
Peyton Whitted, 6-2 W, ranked 60th, four-star rating

A few other names: Alexandra Harris, Erin Waskowiak, Jade Walker

PURDUE


2012 Grads: 5
Alex Guyton (6-3 Forward), Antionette Howard (6-0 Guard), Chelsea Jones (6-4 Center), Brittany Rayburn (6-0 Guard), Samantha Woods (6-3 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Drey Mingo (6-2 Forward), Sam Ostarello (6-2 Forward), Chantel Poston (5-10 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 4
Joslyn Massey (6-1 Forward), April Wilson (5-7 Point Guard), Hayden Hamby (5-7 Guard), Taylor Manuel (6-3 Post)
2013 Commitments: 1
Bridget Perry (6-2 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 4

NEEDS:
Coming off of a 25-win season, coach Sharon Versyp and her staff will welcome the No. 22-ranked recruiting class in the country to campus next season. Adding two guards, a forward, and a back-to-the-basket post player gives Purdue a balanced class as it begins to focus on recruiting the class of 2013. With four scholarships available, look for Purdue to address the graduations of members of its frontline.

The 2013 class in the state of Indiana is loaded with quality talent, and if Versyp and her staff have their way they will be able to keep some of the state's elite prospects home. They have already gotten a jump on locking down the borders with the verbal pledge of in-state guard Bridgett Perry.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Stephanie Mavunga, 6-2 F, ranked 15th, four-star rating
Celeste Edwards, 5-9 G, ranked 41st, four-star rating
Peyton Whitted, 6-2 W, ranked 60th, four-star rating

A few other names: Emmonnie Henderson, Jeralyn Williams

WISCONSIN


2012 Grads: 3
Anya Covington (6-2 Forward), Jade Davis (5-9 Guard), Ashley Thomas (6-2 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Kelly Supernaw (5-10 Guard), Ashley Thomas (6-2 Forward), Tiera Stephen (5-7 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 5
Makailah Dyer (5-9 Guard), Michala Johnson (6-2 Center), Daria Kryuchkova (6-3 Forward), Shannon Malone (6-1 Forward) Dakota Whyte (5-9 Point Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Malayna Johnson (6-4 Center)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 4

NEEDS: In their first full year in Madison, head coach Bobbie Kelsey and her staff have gone to work adding athleticism and talent to the roster with their first recruiting class. The 2012 recruiting class for the Badgers is actually six players deep. The Badgers added three high school seniors in Makailah Dyer, Dakota Whyte and Shannon Malone; a junior-college transfer in Daria Kryuchkova; a college transfer in former Connecticut post Michala Johnson and a four-star wing in Tessa Cichy as a priority walk-on.

The 2013 class for Wisconsin is off to a very good start with a verbal commitment from an ESPN HoopGurlz top 100 watch list prospect, Malayna Johnson. And, Malayna's pledge drew her sister Michala, who will transfer and sit out next season. Having addressed their needs depth-wise with the class of 2012, the focus for Wisconsin in 2013 will be adding impact recruits who can help increase the overall talent level of the program.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Rebekah Dahlman, 5-9 G, ranked 24th, four-star rating
Bianca Quisenberry, 5-8 G, unranked, four-star rating
Emmonnie Henderson, 6-2 F, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Jessica January, Kennedy Cattenhead



Chris Hansen contributed to this report.

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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 keilmoore@peachstatehoops.com.

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