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Recapping the week in recruiting

Let's recap the week in the recruiting world.

Iowa Picks up a Till

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder picked up a verbal commitment from All Iowa Attack wing Claire Till (Dubuque, Iowa/Walhert HS). Till, who almost made a pledge to Wisconsin before its previous head coach was let go, was a major piece to All Iowa Attack's success this past July at Nike Nationals. She is a big guard with a polished skill set. She understands how to play the game and looks to attack on offense when necessary. Till joins Kali Peschel (Sauk Centre, Minn./Sauk Centre) as a member of Iowa's 2012 recruiting class, coming off of a year in which it added pieces such as Samantha Logic and Virginia Johnson in its 2011 class. This is a good bit of recruiting success for the Big Ten school.
-- Keil Moore

USA Basketball Announces 3-on-3 Team

Recently, USA Basketball made its selections for the 2011 3-on-3 team that will compete during the month of September in Italy. The team is comprised of Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS), Kaela Davis (Buford, Ga./Buford HS), Linnae Harper (Chicago/Whitney Young HS) and Taya Reimer (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern HS). All four team members were a part of the USA U16 national team that won a gold medal during U16 FIBA Americas in Mexico in June.

This group of participants greatly contrasts with last year's group of 3-on-3 selections who competed in Singapore. The previous team, which finished third, garnering a bronze medal, was comprised of Andraya Carter (Buford, Ga./Buford HS), Briyona Canty (Rutgers), Amber Henson (Duke) and Kiah Stokes (Connecticut). The breakdown of that team was two point guards and two post players. While all four players were highly regarded as prep players, the team as a whole lacked size at some positions, while at others it lacked athleticism and quickness. When looking at the selections for the 2011 team, it is clear that USA Basketball has made an effort to put big wings with good versatility on this year's version. Davis, Greenwell, Reimer, and Harper can all play multiple positions in a more traditional 5-on-5 setting. This more versatile roster should allow them to excel during competition in Italy. -- Keil Moore

Another Top 100 Caliber Player Chooses Dayton

Much like incoming freshman Allyson Malott was in the Class of 2011, Celeste Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) is an ESPNU HoopGurlz 100-caliber player who has decided to play her college basketball for emerging Atlantic-10 power Dayton. Edwards has been on our radar for over two years now and her game has progressed over that time. She'll give the Flyers a guard who is comfortable playing off the ball but has the skill set to help at the point when need be.
-- Brandon Clay

Commitment Craze

Emily Adams (Buford, Ga./Buford) to Wagner

Adams' road to Staten Island is certainly a unique story. The 6-foot-4 post transferred high schools from North Forsyth to Buford during the summer of 2010 and had to play JV during the 2010-11 season due to GHSA rules on transferring. In the process, she got herself into good playing shape, which hasn't always been the case. She made some noise on the college camp circuit in June, and turned that momentum into four standing scholarship offers during the month of July, before ultimately deciding on Wagner.

Kanisha Bell (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) to Minnesota
The Minnesota Golden Gophers didn't waste any time ensuring that arguably the state's top Class of 2014 prospect stayed home. Our staff has seen Bell four times this summer with her North Tartan club program, and we agree that her activity and athleticism make her a potential top 50-caliber talent nationally. She's a top-shelf perimeter athlete who can affect the game on either end of the floor.

Sydni Epps (Chelton, Pa./Springside) to Hofstra
Epps is a talented perimeter threat who should be ready physically to give the Colonial Association school minutes from Day 1. The 5-10 wing possesses a combination of slashing and shooting ability. That skill set gives her a chance to make an impact on both ends early in her career.

-- 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 bclay@peachstatehoops.com.

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 kmoore@peachstatehoops.com.