Purdue to get Thursday visitor
Purdue is set to get a visit on Thursday from a 6'3 Chicago area high post / shooting guard. Speculation is the player is Sam Woods from Bolingbrook (IL). Woods transferred from Fenwick following her sophomore year, joining a team even more talented than the one she left. Woods has been ranked as high as No. 13 in Blue Star's pre-summer 2005 rankings.
New 2009 target
Purdue is showing early interest in 5'11 rising sophomore guard Brianna Sanders of Princeton High (OH). Sanders was named an adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star earlier this month.
The Family goes 6-1 at Nike Nationals
The Family team featuring Purdue targets Ta'Shia Phillips and Skylar Diggins finished 6-1 at Nike Nationals this year, taking on some of the best programs in the nation. Below is a summary of the seven games.
Game 1: The Family 78, Spokane Stars 61 - Skylar Diggins led all scorers with 21 points and three rebounds, followed by Rebecca Gray (17), LaTear Eason (14), and Ta'Shia Phillips with 10 points, six boards, an assist, two steals and a blocked shot.
Game 2: The Family 64, California Swish 49 - Eason had a game-high 15 points, followed by Phillips with a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. The other player in double-figures was gray with 10 points and four assists.
Game 3: The Family 81, Michigan Crossover 37 - Crossover left Augusta without a win, but The Family put the biggest licking on them. Diggins and Eason shared game-high scoring honors with Crossover's Jalisa Jones with 12 each. Phillips added nine points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Game 4: The Family 77, NE Crusaders 59 - The Family was beat in almost every statistical category in this game, but the difference was tempo, as they took 20 more attempts in the game and created a 47-17 bench scoring discrepancy. Diggins, Gray and Eason has 18, 11 and 11 respectively, while Phillips had 14 points and three rebounds. Maconaquah guard Deja Mattox added seven.
Game 5: The Family 79, Fairfax Stars 54 - A 37-20 team rebounding advantage helped Skylar Diggins not only have a game-high seven rebounds, but also let to opportunities allowing her to also get a game-high 20 points. Phillips had five points, five boards and five blocked shots. The Family finished pool play undefeated.
Game 6: The Family 80, Fencor 57 - The Family continued to roll in the tournament quarterfinals over Fencor. The Family's three guards all hit for 20-plus each, while Phillips added eight points and nine boards.
Game 7: The Family 70, GA Metros 84 - A 25-point effort from Diggins was not enough to keep Maya Moore from going off for 42 points in the Family's semifinal loss to the Metros. Alex Guyton fouled out, Diggins had five fouls, and Phillips had four. Gray added 14 points, Eason had 10, and Phillips finished with eight points and three boards.
The Metros went on to with the 2006 Nike Nationals with a 62-59 win over Tennessee Flight.
Still hope for 2006?
The Purdue staff has reportedly asked for some tape on graduated senior Nichole Joseph of Paramus Catholic in New Jersey. Joseph, a 5'6 guard, is still keeping her options open to join a team this fall, but has not closed the door on going to junior college if offers do not improve. Joseph spent some time playing for the Phildelphia Belles AAU organization.
Diggins named AAU All-American
The official AAU National organization has named South Bend's Skylar Diggins a 2006 16-under all-american. She is one of 15 players named to the list. Diggins is touring this summer with Soldier Basketball, who finished ninth at AAU Nationals this month.
Other familiar names on the 16-under all-american list are Jasmine Thomas from Fairfax Stars, Keshia Hines of the Michigan Pistons, and past Purdue unofficial visitor Carlee Roethlisberger.
Big Ten Recruiting
Catching up on some more recent Big Ten commitments...
Haylie Linn of Edgewood High in Madison, WI has committed to Indiana University. The 5'10 guard averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a junior. She led Edgewood in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive season, and a share of the Badger South Conference title. Linn averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game as a sophomore.
Michigan received a late-June commitment from Bloomington (IN) forward Alex Guyton. Guyton, who averaged 17.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as a sophomore, led her team to a 15-9 record and sectional championship. She will be Michigan's first commitment for the class of 2008.
The University of Wisconsin has added one of the top rising seniors in the state of Wisconsin. Lin Zastrow, a 6'4 versatile player who has played both guard and forward positions, chose Wisconsin over Marquette. Zastrow attends the same high school as Wisconsin post Caitlin Gibson. Zastrow averaged 17.1 points as a junior, and holds a Wisconsin State Finals record for most blocks in a title series (17).
Iowa has recruited their future small forward in Kelsey Cermak, a 6'2 rising senior from Norwalk High (IA). Cermak averaged 17 points and eight boards as a junior, leading Norwalk to a Class 3A state title. Cermak chose Iowa over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Creighton, Drake and Northern Iowa.
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