..weather should be good; students (still) upbeat; lots of football weekends.
You're right, RI, lots of top-notch schools under consideration. To quote the article:
"She has six finalists, which, in alphabetical order, are: Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA. Texas was a late addition to her list because there are seven incumbent players on the Longhorns' 2017 roster with whom she has played somewhere along the line, including Littleton. The only schools she has yet to tour on unofficial visits are Notre Dame and UCLA, and she seems determined to visit them in September."
- Not sure UConn has an advantage in this particular battle, in part because it seems their entire 2017 recruiting class -- led by Megan Walker -- play the same off-guard/wing positions. Yes, great players don't mind competition but they do want to see the floor....
- Seems like she also plays a similar game to Evina Westbrook, which may or may not be an allure for looking at Tenn in Knoxville. Still not seeing any stability under Holly.
- Outside of that, no idea from anything else I've (not) seen. Look forward to any input.
Let's hope that visit comes to pass and a decision can be made in the guard area....Williams, another 2018 option or go after someone in 2019.
(BTW, wouldn't mind seeing ON-O or Queen Egbo visit either!)
Thx for sending.
Dillon, thanks for the excellent analysis.
I hope ND can land CW. If not, I would love to see Dara Mabrey get the final scholarship. However, the timing does not look like it will work. Dara cannot wait too long to make her commitment and sign her NLI. Maybe the Irish staff have a wink and nod agreement from her if CW signs elsewhere. As I have said in the past, I love Dara's game and her compete. She would be a great asset to the program and her bloodlines are out there for all of us to see. However, she could get crunched. A fav of mine, but securing the #1 recruit in the nation is not bad either.
In summary, CW or DM would make for a superb 2018 recruiting class. I am hoping for the best!
position of need. I actually think we have a better chance with Williams, but I am not confident about either. I think it's Williams and/or ONO (or no one) and on to 2019.
... ON-O says no? (Oh boy, that's venturing into Fili/Kili territory).
While ON-O seems to have the more refined game at this juncture, both seem to possess those athletic "lower" post skills that we've gotten accustomed to seeing with Bri.
Per RI Steve's point, my sentimental and NJ side would love to see Dara be a back-up to Williams, but I'm not sure the timing/situations will work for all concerned.
My gut is a post (if one of these two...), Williams and/or let's see who fits in with Anaya in 2019.
Who knows, maybe Bri has some sway with the Texas-bsed Egbo and Arkansas native Williams.
What would help the most?
We lose 2 guards next year, Thompson and Johnson, one starter (either one), two 16 min/g players. We get 3 guards next year. Two, possibly 3, will be McDonald’s All Americans.
We lose 2 guards the next year, two starters. We already have 1 probable McDonald’s All American guard coming the next year.
We are fine with guards. Don’t pass up a #1 recruit if she is deemed to fit with the program, but we are good at guard with some incredible ones coming up—Kierstan Bell, Sammy Puisis, Page Bueckers (2020), to name a few.
The forward/post positions are more of a question mark. Do we lose Brianna after this year? Do we even have her for another year? We have two bigs coming in with fine credentials but not the credentials of a Brianna Turner or a Jessica Shepard. So we probably lose 3 forward/posts next year. We have 2 coming with Shepard and Cosgrove. We keep Shepard, possibly, for two years, but that is another question mark. And, when is the last time a team won the NCAA tourney without a dominant big? (It could have happened last year with UConn, but it didn’t.)
I echo FA, Olivia Nelson-Ododa would be a better catch for the team than Christyn Williams. Like FA, I would, of course, take either.