A name I hadn't seen before: Kristen Johnson, 6'3" C from Lovett, GA
She's listed as having RU on her own list in the article linked below, which is about official visits this weekend, none of which involve RU. Other schools in the running are Northwestern, Florida, Auburn, and Purdue.
Jeune sisters commit together after an unofficial visit Ashli Jeune, a rising sophomore at Holy Cross High School (Delran, N.J.), and younger sister Aliyah Jeune, a rising freshman, have both verbally committed to Rutgers, their father Patrick Jeune told ESPN HoopGurlz.
"My wife (Kelly) and I believe coach Vivian Stringer is a terrific mentor of life," Patrick Jeune said. "The whole idea with having my daughters taught and coached in life (is) a tremendous plus for them."
The sisters, both honor roll students, are making another unofficial visit at the end of the month to meet with advisors from the medical department. A medical degree has been a goal of these two for the last six years and is supported by their family.
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Rachel Hollivay, the 6-foot-4 post from Columbus, Miss., told ESPN HoopGurlz she has set dates for all five of her official visits. First up is Ole Miss on Sept. 3-4, then Mississippi State on Sept. 15-16, Oklahoma Sept. 23-24, Tennessee on Oct. 8-9 and finishing up at Rutgers on Oct. 14-15.
"I just want to see what the players that are going to be there with me, what the chemistry is like with them and the coaches," Hollivay said.
Hollivay knows current players or recruits on all the teams she is considering and has enjoyed regular talks with those players about their experience and of course projecting how good they could be playing together.
One thing that is difficult for Hollivay is uncertainty. Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Tennessee have players in the 2012 class already committed while Ole Miss and Rutgers are waiting to get their first.
"It kind of makes it tougher," Hollivay said. "I always think about what if I'm going by myself? I don't want to be the only freshman."
But Hollivay knows that other players are considering those schools and her commitment could impact those players. She certainly has plenty of experience being recruited by her peers.
Hollivay, the No. 8 ranked player in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, is looking forward to her senior year at Heritage Academy and although the Mississippi prep scene isn't known for being a pressure cooker, she knows her new head coach, Yolanda Moore, is going to prepare her for the next level.
"The high school coach I have now, she's hard. She's a good woman," Hollivay said. "I'm excited to get going and I think we're going to win the state championship."
Moore was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Mississippi in 1992 and Parade All American as a senior before going to Ole Miss and winning two WNBA championships with the Houston Comets.
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Christen Johnson is in the 2012 class and has no ranking (yet) per Hoopgurlz.
Speaking of posts and 2012, someone to keep an eye on is Rachel Hollivay, who is ranked #3 overall and according to another fan site has narrowed her choices to two schools: Tennessee and Rutgers. This could be just a rumor, however, she lives in Mississippi around 25 miles from April's home, and plays AAU ball for Essence, where April, Chelsey and Erica played, so this bears some watching. Also, NJ post Sam Clark has been linked with Rutgers and Monmouth.
Next season we will have three posts so if we don't land another in this class we can probably wait until 2012. Still hoping for Temi (2011) but I saw a rumor that she favors Harvard. Who knows???
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The FGB Florida Fan Page blog (which I hadn't heard of until a couple of weeks ago, although that doesn't mean much) is saying that Briyona Canty is "50/50 with [Rutgers,] Kentucky and South Carolina" and that Betnijah Laney "has Duke and Kentucky with Virginia and Rutgers trailing by my tally."
Leaving aside that I don't know how three teams can be 50/50, not what I'd call great news if it's reliable.
Originally posted by BeKnighted: Leaving aside that I don't know how three teams can be 50/50,
I think it's related to what the Car Guys refer to as "the third half" of their show. Or possibly Keillor's Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average.
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Just thought I'd post in the recruiting thread instead of one of the threads below.
I don't know if this means anything, but UVA, which is supposed to be in the running for Canty and Laney, has posted a press release announcing the signing of Bria Smith and nobody else. Most schools like to do all of their announcements at once, and that's what Virginia did last year.
I'm not going to draw any conclusions from this, but it is interesting.
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Kentucky has announced two signings, and Briyona is not among them.
Again, this doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's interesting.
[Very strange - instead of posting this as a new post, the site treated it as an edit of the post where I talked about the South Carolina announcement. Anyway, what I said last night about SC is still true.]
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