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2013 Recruiting Outlook: Big 12

Our final installment previewing the 2013 recruiting class focuses on the Big 12. Here's a team-by-team look at what to expect.

BAYLOR

2012 Grads: 3
Terran Condrey (5-7 Guard), Ashley Field (6-2 Post), Lindsay Palmer (5-11 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Brittney Griner (6-8 Post), Kimetria Hayden (6-0 Guard), Jordan Madden (6-0 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 5
Destiny Brown (5-10 Guard), Chardonae Fuqua (6-0 Forward), Kristina Higgins (6-4 Post), Niya Johnson (5-7 Guard), Alexis Prince (6-2 Wing)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 4

NEEDS:

No conversation about the Bears' 2013 recruiting can begin without mentioning their 2011-12 national championship and the self-imposed sanctions that will keep coach Kim Mulkey off the road this summer. But with the No. 8 recruiting class in the country for the class of 2012 and a national championship to propel the Big 12 school into the summer recruiting calendar, there is reason to believe Baylor will be able to haul a nationally ranked class for 2013.

Baylor can be selective in the 2013 because it will have 11 returning players, six of whom will be freshmen and sophomores. If there is a need for the Bears in the 2013 class, it would be for a physical four player to help rebound and defend the paint with women's basketball's most dominant shot blocker, Brittney Griner, leaving Waco. Another area Baylor may look to address is the point guard position, which will be vacated by current starting point guard Odyssey Simms the following season. Look for Baylor to make Mercedes Russell a priority -- her addition would help ease the void left by Griner.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Mercedes Russell, 6-5 F, ranked 1st, five-star rating
Diamond DeShields, 6-2 W, ranked 3rd, five-star rating
Halle Washington 6-3 F, ranked 21st, four-star rating

A few other names: Breanna Hayden, Diamond Lockhart, Imani Wright

IOWA STATE

2012 Grads: 2
Lauren Mansfield (5-7 Guard), Chassidy Cole (5-8 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Chelsea Poppens (6-2 Forward), Anna Prins (6-7 Center), Amanda Zimmerman (6-1 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Madison Baier (6-4 Post), Emiah Bingley (5-7 Guard), Nicole Blaskowsky (5-7 Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Jadda Buckley (5-8 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:

Iowa State and coach Bill Fennelly will focus on replacing size across the frontline. The Cyclones will lose three players who stand 6-feet or taller while only bringing in only one, Madison Baier.

But replacing size with size won't be the only concern. Iowa State will also have to replace the production of one of its leading scorers, Chelsea Poppens, who is set to graduate next season. Jadda Buckley, who is a capable playmaker at the guard spot, helps address that need in 2013. While she plays a different position than Poppens, Buckley's ability to score and set up others should help jump start the Cyclones' offense. As for addressing their interior concerns, the Cyclones may turn to one of Buckley's summer ball teammates, 6-foot-1 forward Shaya Kellogg. Kellogg is from Ames, Iowa, so she wouldn't have to travel far from home.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Rebekah Dahlman, 5-9 G, ranked 24th, four-star rating
Savanna Trapp, 6-8 C, unranked, three-star rating
Shaya Kellogg, 6-1 F, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Kelsey Lang, Katelyn Weber

KANSAS

2012 Grads: 1
Aishah Sutherland (6-2 Forward)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Carolyn Davis (6-3 Forward), Monica Engelman (5-11 Guard), Angel Goodrich (5-4 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 2
Lamaria Cole (5-6 Guard), Markisha Hawkins (5-9 Guard)
2013 Commitments: 2
Jada Brown (6-0 Forward), Keyla Morgan (5-9 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 7

NEEDS:

The 2011-12 season was a turning point for coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas program. After suffering the loss of its leading scorer and rebounder, Carolyn Davis, Kansas managed to make an NCAA tournament run to the Sweet 16 before falling to Tennessee. With a healthy Davis returning and just one graduating senior, there is a lot for Henrickson and her staff to be happy about as they hit the recruiting trail this summer.

With its 2012 class, Kansas focused on adding to its backcourt. For the 2013 class, replacing Davis and adding depth to the frontline will be the focus. Finding athletic post players who can score and play multiple positions across the frontline will help Kansas continue its success from this past season and build a team that can compete at the top of the Big 12 for years to come.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Oderah Chidom 6-3 F, ranked 32nd, four-star rating
Kendall Waters, 6-4 F, ranked 34th, four-star rating
Dakota Gonzalez, 5-11 G, unranked, three-star rating

A few other names: Dylan Gonzalez, Ronni Williams, Kaliyah Mitchell, Briana Ruiz

KANSAS STATE

2012 Grads: 5
Branshea Brown (6-2 Forward), Jalana Childs (6-2 Forward), JuliAnne Chisholm (5-11 Guard), Tasha Dickey (5-10 Guard), Emma Ostermann (5-8 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Brittany Chambers (5-8 Guard), Katya Leick (6-1 Forward), Mariah White (5-7 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 5
Brianna Craig (5-10 Guard), Marissa Ellis (5-8 Point Guard), Ashlyn Knoll (5-11 Forward), Stacey Malone (6-1 Forward), Kelly Thompson (5-10 Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Kindred Wesemann (5-9 Point Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:

Kansas State will focus on adding size and athleticism to its roster with the 2013 class. With a verbal commitment from the top in-state point guard, Kindred Wesemann, coach Deb Patterson and her staff have found a replacement for two-time All Big 12 standout Brittany Chambers. Kansas State also has verbal commitments from two class of 2014 prospects in 6-foot forward Lauren Mertz and 6-1 forward Shaelyn Martin. With two forwards and a point guard headed to Manhattan in the future, Kansas State can be selective with the rest of its 2013 additions.

One area of need for the Wildcats is in the post. A true low-post scorer who can play either the four or the five and an athletic wing with the versatility to play multiple positions on the frontline might be areas Kansas State chooses to address. A center such as Kelsey Lang or Carol Willie would fill the post need, and versatile prospects Courtney Range or Shaya Kellogg could make an impact early in their careers.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Courtney Range 6-2 W, ranked 25th, four-star rating
Kelsey Lang, 6-4 C, unranked, four-star rating
Shaya Kellogg, 6-1 F, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Carol Willie, Kenna McDavis, Mackenzie Darrah

OKLAHOMA

2012 Grads: 2
Jelena Cerina (6-5 Center), Jasmine Hartman (5-10 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Joanna McFarland (6-3 Forward), Whitney Hand (6-1 Guard), Lyndsey Cloman (6-3 F/C)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Nicole Kornet (5-11 Guard), Maddie Manning (5-11 Guard), Portia Durrett* (6-2 Forward)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:

After a strong but wing-heavy class of 2012, the class of 2013 will be an important one for coach Sherri Coale and her staff. Oklahoma added two top-100 wings in Nicole Kornet and Maddie Manning in the 2012 class. The Sooners were also able to land a top junior college player in Portia Durrett, a 2011-12 junior college All-American. The addition of Durrett provides Oklahoma with depth across the frontline and allows it to concentrate on finding players who will be the right fit for Coale. Instead of having to recruit solely for need, Oklahoma can now focus on landing a target who can make an immediate impact across the frontline.

Another priority for the Sooners will be trying to keep the state's best 2013 prospect, Jessica Washington, home. Point guard is a position of need for Oklahoma for the 2013 class, and Washington is one of the best in the country at the position. Keeping Washington at home would give Oklahoma its best pure point guard since two-time All-American Danielle Robinson was in uniform.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Tyler Scaife, 5-8 G, ranked 10th, five-star rating
Jessica Washington, 5-8 G, ranked 18th, four-star rating
Halle Washington 6-3 F ranked 21st four-star rating

A few other names: Kai James, Jessica Jackson

OKLAHOMA STATE

2012 Grads: 0
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Heather Howard (6-3 Forward), Lindsey Keller (6-2 Center), Toni Young (6-2 Forward)
2012 SIGNEES: 1
Brittney Martin (6-0 Wing)
2013 Commitments: 1
Katelyn Loecker (6-0 Forward)

2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 5

NEEDS:

For the past few months, our thoughts and prayers have been with the Oklahoma State women's basketball community, which lost head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna in a plane crash. What could have easily been a season lost for first-year coach Jim Littell and his staff turned into a season of growth for the program as they managed to win the WNIT championship. With no graduating seniors and a top-20 prospect headed to campus this fall, there is a lot to be excited about in Stillwater.

With all of its guards on the roster set to return for the next two seasons, post play will be an area of focus for the 2013 class. Losing three players who stand 6-2 or taller, Oklahoma State will certainly look to replace size and production across the frontline. In-state point guard Jessica Washington, one of the top point guards in the country, would also pair well with their 2012 addition, Brittney Martin, as a great 1-2 punch for the future.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Tyler Scaife, 5-8 G, ranked 10th, five-star rating
Jessica Washington, 5-8 G, ranked 18th, four-star rating
Imani Wright, 5-10 G, ranked 36th, four-star rating

A few other names: Katelyn Weber, Jasmine Caston, McKenzie Adams

TEXAS

2012 Grads: 3
Yvonne Anderson (5-7 Guard), Ashleigh Fontenette (5-8 Guard), Ashley Gayle (6-4 Post)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 0
2012 SIGNEES: 2
Empress Davenport (5-7 Guard), Imani Stafford (6-7 Post)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 2

NEEDS:

With the hiring of Karen Aston from North Texas, there is a new coaching staff in Austin. And with a new staff comes a new direction for the program. From a recruiting perspective, the state of Texas is rich enough to provide Aston and her staff with the quality talent to compete at the highest levels. Focusing on closing the state down and making Texas the choice for some of the state's top prospects will be a top priority.

With just two scholarships to use for the class of 2013, Texas will probably focus on adding one or two impact prospects, and the focus will be on evaluating and building relationships with 2014 prospects. The 2014 class has the potential to be of major importance for Aston and her staff with a plethora of scholarships coming available and a number of quality in-state prospects available.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Tyler Scaife, 5-8 G, ranked 10th, five-star rating
Jessica Jackson, 6-3 W, ranked 13th, four-star rating
Halle Washington 6-3 F, ranked 21st, four-star rating

A few other names: Diamond Lockhart, Jada Terry, Candace Adams

TCU

2012 Grads: 1
Antoinette Thompson (5-7 Guard)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 3
Delisa Gross (6-2 Forward), Starr Crawford (6-0 Forward), Whitney Williams (5-7 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Kamy Cole (5-9 Guard), Veja Hamilton (5-10 Wing), Zahna Medley (5-6 Guard)
2013 Commitments: 1
Jada Butts (5-8 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 3

NEEDS:

TCU will make the jump from the Mountain West to the Big 12, and with the change in conference and level of play, coach Jeff Mittie and his staff will focus their recruiting efforts on adding talent. The 2012 class was a solid start as TCU picked up three guards who should be able to bolster the backcourt with depth. Moving into a BCS conference will increase the overall profile of the school and the program, and that should help TCU land BCS-caliber targets moving forward.

One area of concern for TCU in the 2013 class will be replacing the depth and production of Delisa Gross and Starr Crawford. With the departure of two quality interior contributors and the 2013 verbal commitment of Jada Butts to go along with their guard-heavy 2012 class, size will be a primary area of concern for the Horned Frogs. With three scholarships to use for the 2013 class, TCU could opt to use two scholarships on size, saving one for another impact guard or wing.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Peyton Whitted, 6-2 F, ranked 60th, four-star rating
Kelsey Lang, 6-4 C, unranked, four-star rating
AJ Alix, 5-6 PG, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: LaBrittney Jones, Shaya Kellogg, Kami Mickens

TEXAS TECH

2012 Grads: 2
Jordan Barncastle (6-2 Forward), Kierra Mallard (6-3 Center)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 5
Mary Bokenkamp (5-9 Guard). Chynna Brown (5-8 Guard), Christine Hyde (5-10 Guard), Casey Morris (5-9 Guard), Monique Smalls (5-6 Guard)
2012 SIGNEES: 3
Minta Spears (5-10 Guard), Kellyn Schneider (6-4 Center), Shunta Nevitt (6-1 Forward)
2013 Commitments: 2
Jamaika Hughes (5-9 Guard), Karyla Middlebrook (5-9 Guard)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 7

NEEDS:

With seven scholarships available for the 2013 recruiting class, it's looking like Texas Tech will be active this summer. Unlike most teams in the conference, Texas Tech and coach Kristy Curry will have very good post depth returning to Lubbock in the near future. With only three guards set to return for the 2012-13 season, it is clear that Texas Tech will look to load up on backcourt depth.

Texas Tech has gotten a jump on making backcourt additions with verbal commitments from two guards already, Jamaika Hughes and Karyla Middlebrook. Hughes is an athletic guard who should fit in well playing both wing spots, while Middlebrook is more of a classic combo guard with the ability to handle the point. Look for Curry and her staff to add at least one or two more guards in this class. Maybe a big wing and an additional combo guard for depth.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Imani Wright, 5-10 G, ranked 36th, four-star rating
Diamond Lockhart, 5-10 PG, ranked 42nd, four-star rating
Jasmine Caston, 5-10 PG, unranked, four-star rating

A few other names: Nekia Jones, Ketra Chapel, Morghen Day

WEST VIRGINIA

2012 Grads: 1
Natalie Burton (6-5 Center)
Proj. 2013 Grads: 2
Asya Bussie (6-4 Center), Ayana Dunning (6-3 Center)
2012 SIGNEES: 5
Darius Faulk (5-10 Guard), Bria Holmes (6-1 Wing), Lanay Montgomery (6-5 Post), Jennie Simms (6-0 Forward), Makenzie White (5-9 Guard)
2013 Commitments: Lubirdia Gordon (6-4 Post)
2013 PROJECTED SCHOLARSHIPS: 2

NEEDS:

West Virginia had the No. 15-ranked class nationally in 2012. Next fall the Mountaineers will be adding five highly-regarded freshmen to a roster that is loaded with promising talent in its current freshman and sophomore classes. With just three players slated to depart Morgantown over the next two years, there is a good chance coach Mike Carey and his staff could be quiet on the 2013 front and focus their efforts down the line with the classes of 2014 and possibly even 2015.

Recently the Mountaineers picked up a 2013 verbal commitment from 6-4 post Lubirdia Gordon. Adding Gordon to the roster for 2013 helps West Virginia address the departures of current posts Asya Bussie and Ayanna Dunning. If West Virginia decides to make an additional pick-up in 2013, it will probably be another frontline player.

ESPN HOOPGURLZ PROJECTED TOP 3 TARGETS
Jannah Tucker, 6-0 G, ranked 9th, five-star rating
Paige Cashin, 6-4 C, unranked, three-star rating
Marley Hill, 6-2 F, unranked, four-star rating
A few other names: Destini Cooper, Amanda Fioravanti