Lady Raiders' Recruiting Class Ranks Eighth
Nov. 14, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech women’s basketball program’s 2000 recruiting class ranks eighth by the All Star Girls Report released Friday, Nov. 12. According to the All Star Girls Report, Purdue brought in the nation’s finest recruiting class during the early signing period as of November 12. Here is a quick look at ASGR’s Top 10 classes, along with the ASGR player ratings and a comment from ASGR analyst Mike White.
There is one important thing to remember – ASGR’s top recruit had not made a commitment as of press time. No. 1 prospect Diana Taurasi (5-11, 2G-WF, Chino, Calif., Lugo) was believed to be focused on Connecticut and UCLA.
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Six Recruits: Erika Valek, No. 4, 5-6, PG, Lubbock (Tex.) Coronado, Cherrise Graham, No. 6, 5-8, PG, Conshohocken (Pa.) Carroll, Shereka Wright, No. 26, 5-10, WF, Copperas Cove (Tex.), Shalicia Hurns, No. 66, 6-0, WF-2G, Indianapolis (Ind.) Broad Ripple, Lindsay Hicks, No. 76, 6-0, WF, Lebanon (Ohio), Beth Jones, No. 213, 5-8, 2G, Maineville (Ohio) Mason. White’s Words: “Valek and Graham should start as freshmen, no doubt in my mind. I really think they will become on of the best backcourts in America as freshmen. “Hurns is another great athlete who is a great fit for Purdue. She may be one of the big sleepers in this class.”
Five Recruits: Alana Beard, No. 5, 5-11, WF, Frierson (La.) Southwood, Iciss Tillis, No. 11, 6-3, WF-PF, Tulsa (Okla.) Cascia Hall, Rometra Craig, No. 35, 5-9, 2G, Portola Valley (Calif.) Mitty, Crystal White, No. 45, 6-3, C, Mt. Clemens (Mich.), Vicki Krapohl, No. 78, 5-4, PG, Mt. Pleasant (Mich.). White’s Words: “Beard’s decision was a little surprising … a kid from Louisiana who escaped Louisiana Tech and the SEC schools. I think the championship game was a big draw, Alana enjoyed her visit, and of course she was interested in the academics. Alana will definitely start as a freshman. She’s explosive, athletic and skilled, and she will bring a lot of excitement to Duke over the next four years. “Duke is really on a roll right now, and I think the top recruits are going to keep on signing over the next few years.”
Five Recruits: Nicole Powell, No. 9, 6-1, WF, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mt. Pointe, Susan King, No. 13, 5-7, PG, Richfield (Minn.) Holy Angels, Rebecca Bonner, No. 59, 6-2, PF, Concord (N.H.), Kate Denny, No. 87, 6-1, 2G-WF, Pacific Grove (Calif.) Stevenson, Chelsea Trotter, No. 90, 6-2, PF, San Dimas (Calif.) Brea. White’s Words: “Powell was the big catch. She is a great all-around player who can take people off dribble and shoot the three. Powell is probably one of the best recruits in about 10 years. “King is also a great recruit. She is a confident point guard who can run the show and score. All of these recruits fit well with Tara VanDerveer. They want to play, they want to get better, and they are all proven winners.”
Four Recruits: Ashley Robinson, No. 3, 6-4, C, S. Grand Prairie (Tex.), Tasha Butts, No. 15, 5-11, WF-2G, Milledgeville (Ga.) Baldwin County, Latoya Davis, No. 54, 6-0, WF, Forsyth (Ga.) Mary Persons, Courtney McDaniel, No. 56, 6-1, WF, Bristol (Tenn.) Tennessee. White’s Words: “Some people might look at this as a relatively disappointing year for Tennessee, but I don’t see it that way. This was a great year for a lot of schools because this class was so talented. You can’t be disappointed when she sign players like Ashley Robinson and Tasha Butts. Robinson may prove to be the best center prospect in 10 years. If she works hard in the weight room and on the court, she could be unreal.”
Four Recruits: Carol Smith, No. 5 JUCO, 5-5, PG, Birmingham, Ala., Tia Miller, No. 12, 6-2, PF, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Boca Ciega, Mandisa Stevenson, No. 73, 6-3, PF, Decatur (Ala.), Nancy Derrick, No. 99, 5-8, 2G-WF, Johnston (S.C.) Wardlaw. White’s Words: “Carol Smith is the key to this class. She was highly recruited out of high school, she signed with Howard, but she didn’t qualify. She went to Gulf Coast Community College and she has developed a great all-around game. She could have an impact similar to Brandi McCain (at Florida).”
Three Recruits: Mandy Clark, No. 16, 5-6, PG, Pikesville (Md.) Millford Mill, Dawn McCullouch, No. 23, 5-8, 2G-PG, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson, Nikki Jett, No. 34, 5-8, PG, Columbia (S.C.). White’s Words: “Rutgers signed an all-backcourt class, and what a backcourt is it. They missed on a couple of quality posts, but they will have outstanding guards well through 2000. Rutgers is also one of the leader for a great junior – Cathy Poindexter a two-guard from Chicago Marshall.”
Four Recruits: Anne O’Neil, No. 7, 5-11, PG-WF, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kennedy, Aminata Yanni, No. 33, 6-1, WF-PF, Machesney Park (Ill.) Harlem, Brenda Blackburn, No. 149, 6-6, C, Ardmore (Okla.), Yo Smith, Top 150 JUCO, 5-10, WF, Rantoul (Ill.). White’s Words: “I think Illinois went after more athletic players this year. Theresa Grentz has always been a great coach, especially when it comes to developing post players, but she has never had speed and athleticism on her teams. Last two years, she has done a lot to add those ingredients to their strong post play.”
8. Texas Tech
Five Recruits: Jia Perkins, No. 43, 5-9, PG-2G, Grandbury (Tex.), Natalie Ritchie, No. 47, 5-9, PG-2G, Amarillo (Tex.), Dionne Brown, No. 122, 6-2, PF, Georgetown (Tex.), Jolee Ayers, No. 126, 6-1, PF, Canyon (Tex.), Casey Jackson, No. 170, 6-0, WF, Palo Duro (Tex.). White’s Words: “Texas Tech has reloaded. They lost a lot of scoring from last year, but Perkins and Ritchie should be phenomenal backcourt players who will have an immediate impact. They can both play either guard position, and they should complement each other really well.”
Three Recruits: Morgan Valley, No. 8, 5-11, 2G-PG, Colchester (Vt.) Rice, Jessica Moore, No. 36, 6-2, PF, Palmer (Alaska) Colony, Maria Conlon, No. 74, 5-7, PG, Derby (Conn.) Seymour. White’s Words: “This class could get much better in the coming days. Diana Taurasi (No. 1, 5-11, 2G-WF, Chino, Calif.) and Ashley Battle (No. 41, 5-11, 2G-WF, Linsly, W.Va.) are both very interested in Connecticut. If they sign Taurasi, they will jump to No. 3. If they get Battle, they will jump to No. 2.”
Four Recruits: Shameka Christon, No. 14, 6-1, PF, Hot Springs (Ark.), Sara Lundberg, No. 57, 6-2, PF, Prairie Grove (Ark.), Shanna Harmon, No. 82, 6-2, PF, Norman (Okla.) North, Lakiesha Beard, No. 123, 6-2, C, Willowridge (Tex.).
White’s Words: “Arkansas got two very good in-state players. Christon, especially, will be a great addition. She didn’t go on the summer circuit, so some people aren’t that familiar with her, but the entire SEC was chasing her. She could become a dominant power forward.”