Fahkara playing with The Family
Three orally committed Purdue recruits and at least one high on the 2006 priority list are playing together with The Family AAU program this summer. Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips have been a regular part of the program, but were joined this summer by East Chicago's Dee Dee Jernigan and Evansville Memorial's Fahkara Malone. Indianapolis' Ashley Barlow is also a part of the team, who will play her college ball at Notre Dame.
Referring to the level of talent on her AAU team this summer, Fahkara told the Evansville Courier Press, "It's not really fair." The article is linked below, but registration is required to view it.
READ MORE: Evansville Courier Press
Laura Mioton's AAU coaching bio available
Purdue signee Laura Mioton, along with future teammate Stephanie Helgeson, are assistant coaches with their former AAU program's 13-under team this spring. The website has posted the following bio for coach Laura Mioton.
Lauren Mioton joins the coaching staff this year to assist the 13 year old team. She played for five years in the Domino program capturing four straight state AAU Titles and Sweet 16 finishes at Nationals. In 2004, the team played an elite tournament schedule highlighted by trips to Virginia, North Carolina, Atlanta, and Oregon. Lauren was a 6-year varsity starting guard at Newman High School. She is the all-time leading scorer with 3572 points. She was named to the all-district team all six years, twice earning all-district MVP honors. She was four times named all-Orleans, three times all-metro, honorable mention 2A all-state as sophomore, honorable mention 3A all-state as a junior and second team 3A all-state as senior. Lauren has a 4.0 GPA Cum Laude society/AP commended scholar/National Merit Commended Scholar. She will graduate in May from Isadore Newman High School and will attend Purdue next year to play for Kristy Curry and major in Biology/premed.
Purdue legacy accepts Bowling Green offer
Indianapolis junior forward Laura Bugher has accepted an offer to play at Bowling Green. She averaged 16 points and 10.9 rebounds as a junior. Bugher began her high school career on a tear, ending her freshman season as the state's top freshman scorer. While Purdue kept an eye on her according to family sources, Purdue chose not to recruit her. Bugher's parents, one uncle and her maternal grandfather were all Purdue grads.
Ohio State increases 2006 commitments to three
With Lesslee Mason-Cox in the fold, Ohio State has picked up two more commitments from the class of 2006.
Ohio State satisfied their point guard need with the commitment of star junior Maria Moeller of Marion Local (OH). Moeller is a 5'8 point guard recognized as one of the top floor generals in the state of Ohio. She averaged 18.6 points and 6.4 assists as a junior, and was named to the Division IV first team by the Associated Press. As a freshman, she was named the Division IV Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Moeller had a rare quadruple-double this season in a game with 25 points, 11 steals, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. She was also getting attention from Boston College, Duke, Wisconsin and others.
Last week, Eastmooor Academy (OH) junior Cherise Daniel accepted an offer to play basketball and study engineering at hometown Ohio State. The 5'11 combo guard averaged 13 points and six assists as a junior, helping Eastmoor Academy to the Division II runner-up and a 25-3 season.
Daniel chose Ohio State over a list that included Big Ten rivals Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan, Texas Christian, and a host of other Ohio programs. She will join former AAU teammate Star Allen as a Buckeye.
Daniel is ranked No. 1 in her class academically.
READ MORE: Big Ten Recruiting: Commitments
Commitment update for 2006 and 2007
The following as a list of public, and some not-so-public commitments to date in the 2006 and 2007 classes.
Baylor - Whitney Jones (2006)
Boston College - Ayla Brown (2006)
Bowling Green - Laura Bugher (2006)
Connecticut - Jacki Gemelos (2006)
Connecticut - Kristen Phillips (2006)
Connecticut - Meghan Gardler (2006)
Creighton - Abby Henry (2006)
Eastern Kentucky - Collette Cole (2006)
Florida - Jennifer Mosser (2006)
Florida - Sharielle Smith (2006)
Georgetown - Meredith Cox (2006)
Georgia - Ashley Houts (2006)
Georgia Tech - Tiffany Blackmon (2006)
Indiana State - Maria Olsthoorn (2006)
Indiana State - Heather Seyfred (2006)
Iowa State - Shellie Mosman (2006)
Iowa State - Anna Florzak (2006)
Kansas State - Kari Kincaid (2006)
Kansas State - Ashley Sweat (2006)
Kentucky - Lydia Watkins (2006)
Maryland - Dee Lyles (2006)
Maryland - Kathryn Lyons (2007)
Michigan State - Mandy Piechowski (2006)
New Mexico - Amy Beggin (2006)
North Carolina - Jessica Breland (2006)
Northern Illinois - Terriel Cannon (2006)
Northern Iowa - Nicole Clausen (2006)
Notre Dame - Melissa Lechlitner (2006)
Notre Dame - Ashley Barlow (2006)
Northwestern - Kaitlin McInerney (2006)
Ohio State - Lesslee Mason-Cox (2006)
Ohio State - Maria Moeller (2006)
Ohio State - Cherise Daniel (2006)
Oregon - Taylor Lilley (2006)
Pepperdine - Monique Alexander (2006)
Purdue - Amber Harris (2006)
Purdue - Ta’Shia Phillips (2007)
Purdue - Fahkara Malone (2006)
South Dakota State - Ketty Cornemann (2006)
Southwest Missouri - Melissa Busby (2006)
Tennessee - Cait McMahan (2006)
TCU - Helena Sverrirsdottir (2007)
TCU - Danielle Nunn (2006)
TCU - LaChelda Jacobs (2006)
TCU - Maria Erlingsdottir (2007)
Texas - Brittainey Raven (2006)
Texas - Kristen Nash (2006)
Texas - Niqki Hughes (2006)
Texas Tech - Jordan Murphree (2006)
Vanderbilt - Ashlee Bridge (2006)
Virginia - Paulisha Kellum (2006)
Western Kentucky - Alicia Bunton (2006)
Wisconsin - Teah Gant (2006)
Xavier - Amy Johns (2006)
Xavier - Alesia Barringer (2006)