- Keil Moore, ESPNHS HoopGurlz
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Last Saturday was a monumental day for North Carolina, as the Tar Heels landed four 2013 ESPN HoopGurlz top 20 recruits during an eight-hour span. No. 3 Diamond DeShields, No. 8 Allisha Gray, No. 15 Stephanie Mavunga and No. 18 Jessica Washington all made verbal pledges to the ACC school. And No. 1 Mercedes Russell is slated to visit Chapel Hill in June.
On paper, there appears to be a roster-space logjam looming, but plenty remains to be determined when it comes to North Carolina's recruiting plans. But while the potential collegiate impact of the group headed to Chapel Hill remains to be seen, individually and collectively their accomplishments as preps are noteworthy.
With the addition of the four prospects reeled in last week, North Carolina's 2013 class now totals six prospects, including the Day twins, Bria and Briana. The Day twins provide the Tar Heels with a duo of athletic and mobile post players to complement a blue-collar forward in Mavunga who can score while playing with her back to the basket or while facing the rim. Throw in DeShields and Gray, two elite wing players who can score in a variety of ways, and the program's point guard of the future in Washington to round out the start of a special class.
North Carolina's haul to date puts it at or near the top of the 2013 class rankings and should provide coach Sylvia Hatchell with the kind of high-octane lineup – reminiscent of the Ivory Latta-led team that made a run to the 2007 Final Four . What North Carolina was able to pull off last Saturday was truly remarkable. The fact that the pieces fit together as well as they do gives the rest of the ACC – not to mention top programs nationwide -- reason to take note of what is brewing in Chapel Hill.
-- Keil Moore
Edwards reaffirms Flyers
Celeste Edwards of Indianapolis, Ind., committed to Dayton last spring before re-opening her recruitment in the fall. The No. 41 junior in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 has again picked Dayton as her future destination.
Edwards, a 5-foot-10 perimeter threat, brings a steady hand at either guard position with her ability to handle pressure and make open shots. Her pledge, coupled with the Flyers' recent success in the 2011 and 2012 classes on the recruiting trail, has them in a position to be in the mix for Atlantic-10 championships for years to come.
-- Brandon Clay
Farmer Down To Four
Like Edwards, Keonna Farmer of Birmingham, Ala., made a pledge last November. The 6-foot junior forward chose in-state program Alabama before re-opening her recruitment in January. This week, she narrowed her choices to Alabama, Auburn, Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt.
Farmer's high energy level and production makes her a potential fit at either forward position given her ability to rebound then get out in front on the fast break. She has spent time on campus with the current staffs at Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt. With the coaching change at Auburn, it will be worth monitoring if the new staff can close the gap before the four-star prospect makes her final choice.
-- Brandon Clay
Arizona Scores Workman
Trying to emerge as a consistent contender in the Pac-12 is a tough order but Arizona made a step in that direction picking up a verbal from Breanna Workman of Las Vegas, Nev. Though she is currently coming off of an ACL injury suffered this winter, the 6-1 three-star forward will provide coach Nia Butts with a versatile, athletic threat who is capable of playing either forward position. Workman should be a nice compliment to fellow Arizona pledge Ashley Merrill of Corona, Calif., who is more of a true perimeter option.
Workman's father, Haywoode, spent eight seasons as an NBA player and is now an NBA referee.
-- Brandon Clay
Furman gets two
In April 2010, Furman brought in coach Jackie Carson to get the program on the right track. Coming off of the heels of solid 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes, Carson and her staff have turned their attention to the class of 2013. They got off to a great start this week landing two three-star backcourt prospects in Allison Beasley of Robbinsville, N.C. and Whitney Bunn of Zebulon, N.C.
Beasley, a 5-9 wing, will provide the Paladins with a sharpshooting perimeter threat who can make shots and competes on both ends of the floor. At 5-7, Bunn brings another skilled primary ballhandling option who will keep opposing defenses honest with her penchant for making the open shot.
-- Brandon Clay
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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 @BrandonClayPSB.
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.
Tar Heels' remarkable haul