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 Sharika Webb

[Sharika Webb]
 CLASS OF: 2002
 SCHOOL: Cathedral HS, IN
 POSITION: Combo Guard
 01-02 RATINGS: #84 (BS)
 00-01 RATINGS: #36 (ASGR)
 STATUS: Signed with Purdue
 AAU TEAM: Indiana's Finest Black Cats (2001)



Sharika Webb is a 5'8 combo guard from state 3A power Indianapolis Cathedral. Webb has seen success on almost every level she has played. Her high school team is currently the defending state 3A champions, and her AAU team finished fifth in the nation last summer. She got the label early as more of a power guard, able to hit off the dribble and grab some rebounds. As her game improved, so did her shooting. Webb has six threes in a game twice. She's an honorable mention all-american by USA Today, and a preseason all-state candidate as one of the top three junior players in the state of Indiana.

Webb finished her senior season averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 blocks and 3.3 steals. She shot 146-of-336 (.435) from the field, 100-of-121 (.826) from the line, and 46-126 (.365) from the perimeter. She finished her high school career by setting three records -- career points (1,651), career steals (357) and career made three-pointers (167). Cathedral's hope for 4A championship ended with a 49-47 loss to Perry Meridian during regionals. Cathedral finished the season 21-3.

Sharika Webb verbally committed to Purdue on July 23, 2001, and signed during the early signing period in November 2001.


4/15/02...Sharika Webb led all scorers with 20 points, as her South team fell to the North in the state of Indiana's basketball version of a civil war. The North team defeated the South, 86-72, behind Webb's 20 and future Purdue walk-on Brianna Howard's 16.

4/5/02...Carol Duncan, Katie Gearlds and Sharika Webb were all named to the all-state first team by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports.

3/29/02...Junior Katie Gearlds and senior Sharika Webb have both been named first team all-state by the Associated Press. Carol Duncan was named to the third team. Two addition junior targets made the first team -- Terre Haute South's Reicina Russell and South Bend Riley's Suntana Granderson.

3/16/02...The Hoosierland Report site has some scouting from the recently completed Top 40 Workout, a camp used by the Indiana All-Star selection committee as a way to sort through the top senior talent in the state. While Carol Duncan and Sharika Webb look to have improved their chances of making the team, Ashley Mays may be on the bubble.

3/10/02...Sharika was named to the Indianapolis Super Team by the Indy Star.

3/7/02...For the third straight year, Sharika Webb has been named the Indianapolis Player of the Year. Webb finished her senior season averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 blocks and 3.3 steals. She shot 146-of-336 (.435) from the field, 100-of-121 (.826) from the line, and 46-126 (.365) from the perimeter. She finished her high school career by setting three records -- career points (1,651), career steals (357) and career made three-pointers (167). Cathedral's hope for 4A championship ended with a 49-47 loss to Perry Meridian during regionals. Cathedral finished the season 21-3.

2/25/02...Sabrina Keys, Ashley Mays and Sharika Webb have February 27th marked on their calendars. That is the date the McDonald's All-American selection committee will release the 24 names of the participants in the inaugural McDonald's Girls All-American Game. The list will be broadcast at 6:00pm EST on ESPN's SportsCenter program. The game itself will be played on April 4th in Madison Square Garden as a doubleheader with the Boys All-American team.

2/17/02...Sharika Webb (Cathedral HS, IN) - Season over. Cathedral fell to Perry Meridian in the semifinals of the Southport regional, 49-47. Sharika Webb led Cathedral with 20 points. Cathedral ends the season at 21-3.

2/13/02...A forum contributor has submitted this scouting report from last Friday's game between Warren Central and Cathedral, with comments on both Ashley Mays and Sharika Webb. 2/12/02...Cathedral was nearly unbeatable as a Class 3A school, winning two straight state championships. Moving up to Class 4A in 2001-2002, Cathedral is proving they are hard to stop on any level. Cathedral cruised to a 62-47 win over Class 4A No. 2 Lawrence North, behind a team-high 17 points from Sharika Webb. Webb shot 6-of-14 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line, adding two assists, one block and three steals. The Irish are now 21-2 on the season.

2/9/02...Sharika Webb had 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals to lead the Irish (20-2) in a 64-50 win over Warren Central. No. 4 Cathdral plays No. 2 Lawrence North (20-1) tonight for a chance to advance to regionals.

2/5/02...Sharika Webb ended the regular season this weekend leading No. 5 Cathedral in scoring (18.0), minutes (25.8), assists (3.9) and steals (3.2). She is also second on the team from the line, shooting a very respectable 84-of-104 attempts. Cathedral goes into tournament play with a 19-2 record.

1/25/02...Including games through January 22, Jeff Sagarin's ratings of Indiana girls teams has Reicina Russell's Terre Haute South at No. 2, playing the 16th toughest schedule. Also ranked among the top fifty teams are -- Sharika Webb and Cathedral at No. 5 (schedule No. 48), Katie Gearlds and Beech Grove at No. 13 (schedule No. 39), Granderson, Norman and South Bend Riley at No. 20 (schedule No. 97), Ashley Mays and Warren Central at No. 36 (schedule No. 4) and Carol Duncan and NorthWood at No. 46 (No. 109).

1/20/02...Cathedral lost their first game of the season in a 56-52 decision to Benet Academy. Sharika Webb had 20 points.

1/19/02...Sharika Webb helped Cathedral remain unbeaten by contributing 29 points at the McDonald's Girls Prep Classic in Chicago. Indiana Class 4A No. 4 Cathedral defeated Illinois Class 2A No. 6 Hope 74-73 in overtime. Teams from the state of Indiana were 2-1 on the opening night of the tournament.

12/17/01...Cathedral remained unbeaten in the Marion County tournament for four years running, and took the championship from Tech 74-50. Sharika Webb had 27 points.

12/11/01...The Indianapolis Star has an article on Cathedral guards Sharika Webb and Jessica Wright. The two players have a chance to make history, beginning tonight, by going undefeated in City Tournament during their high school careers. They would be the first players to accomplish the feat in the 22 years of the tournament.

11/30/01...Sharika Webb had 19 points and seven assists Wednesday as Cathedral dumped Ritter, 72-43.

11/20/01...With the official announcement today, Purdue has received all five expected signings for the freshman class of 2002-2003. This confirms both Webb and Taylor have signed, adding to confirmed signings late last week from Mays, Keys and Duncan. A brief scouting report from Kristy Curry has been added below.

11/16/01...Blue Star has their newest rankings out. Missy Taylor is the highest rated verballed Purdue recruit on the "seniors only" list, at #61. Others of interest among the 100 listed...Sabrina Keys #66, Ashley Mays #73, and Sharika Webb #84.

11/15/01...Sharika Webb led Cathedral with 19 points in a 59-46 victory over Heritage Christian. Webb also had five rebounds, five steals, six assists and one block. Sharika's player profile has been updated with the Cathedral roster for the 2001-02 season, plus the season schedule.

11/15/01...Here's a look at the roster for Cathedral for the 2001-02 season. The schedule has been posted below.

SR Laura Cheesman, 5'6 G
SR Sharika Webb, 5'8 G
SR Jessica Wright, 6'0 G/F
JR Rachel Brockman, 6'3 F
JR Julie Malone, 5'5 G
JR Jennifer Peterson, 6'0 C
JR Kathleen Roesinger, 5'6 G
JR Kaitlin Vogtner, 6'0 F
JR Lauren Werner, 5'7 G
SO Chris Halstead, 5'10 F
SO Annie O'Connor, 5'7 G

07/23/01...Sharika Webb has verballed to Purdue, giving Curry and staff their top prize to date for the class of 2002. Webb, who rates No.36 by All-Star Girls Report, joins fellow guard Ashley Mays, power forward Carol Duncan, and forward Sultra Harding. Harding has yet to qualify.

04/09/01...The Louisville Courier-Journal has released their 2001 Indiana all-state teams. Sophomore Katie Gearlds and junior Missy Taylor were named second team all-state, junior Sharika Webb made the third team, and Purdue-bound Carol Duncan and Ashley Mays both made the honorable mention list.

04/01/01...Two underclassmen prospects have landed on the AP all-state second team -- junior Sharika Webb and sophomore Katie Gearlds.

03/09/01...Sharika Webb and her Cathedral Irish took the Indiana Class 3A state championship, beating No. 7 Plymouth 54-39 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Webb scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Cathedral finished the season 29-1.

02/25/01...Sharika Webb (Indianapolis Cathedral, IN) - Next game: 3/03 vs. Plymouth (22-5). Cathedral advanced to the 3A state final game for the third year in a row by defeating No. 3 Franklin County 47-45. Sharika Webb led all scorers with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cathedral's record stands at 28-1.

02/23/01...Sharika Webb went 3-of-7 from the perimeter for 21 points and three steals in Cathedral's 52-36 regional matchup against Franklin. Indianapolis Cathedral moves on to Jasper on Saturday at 11:45am to play Jasper (19-5). The winner gets the Franklin County (23-0) vs. Lebanon (15-9) winner at 8:15pm.

02/20/01...I had a chance to talk with Denise McClanahan, 16-under AAU coach for the Indiana Finest program. McClanahan has both Sharika Webb and Katie Gearlds on her summer squad, so she was the perfect person to give us some scouting on the two players. [MrHoops]

02/18/01...Just last week it was Sharika Webb's Cathedral squad bouncing Katie Gearlds' Beech Grove from the 2001 IHSAA tournament. On Sunday, both players were in attendance to see the Purdue women win another Big Ten Basketball Championship. Gearlds has become a fixture at Purdue home games, rated as the top player in the Indiana sophomore class and rated as Full Court Press's No. 18 player in the Class of 2003. Gearlds finished the regular season rated as the Indianapolis area top scorer, and No. 2 in the state behind Wawasee's Shanna Zolman. Before the tournament, Gearlds was averaging 26.7 points with a season high of 42, on .538 shooting from the floor, .864 from the line and .420 from the perimeter. Gearlds is also averaging 9.2 rebounds, 6.2 steals, 6.7 assists and 3.2 blocks per game. With the loss to Cathedral last week, Beech Grove finished the season 13-8. Webb, on a more loaded team, is averaging 15.4 points and 4.4 steals. Cathedral is still alive in the IHSAA tournament, winning the Sectional 25 championship at Beech Grove behind a game-high 21 points from Webb. Cathedral, the defending state 3A champion, moves on to a Wednesday matchup with Franklin (15-7). Both Webb and Gearlds played for the 15-under Indiana Finest AAU program last summer, finishing 5th in the nation. Webb was named the team's most outstanding performer for the summer of 2000, while Gearlds won the award in 1999.

02/15/01...Kristy Curry attended Tuesday's first round sectional matchup between Cathedral and Beech Grove to check out two of the best guards in the junior and sophomore classes. Cathedral bounced Beech Grove from the IHSAA tournment 74-60. Cathedral's Sharika Webb led her team with 25 points, hitting 5-of-11 shots from the perimeter. Katie Gearlds led all scorers with 33 points, only one coming from long range. She made only one of eight shots from the perimeter, but was a perfect 16-of-16 from the free throw line. Gearlds also added nine rebounds and five assists.

01/28/01...Sharika Webb, a 5-7 all-state junior guard from Class 3A No. 1 Indianapolis Cathedral, led the Irish with 23 points on Friday and surpassed the 1,000 point career mark. She is the first player at Cathedral to hit the 1,000 point mark as a junior. Webb averages 15.5 points per game for the 17-1 Irish.


Scouting report by Cathedral coach Linda Bamrick..."In my 17 years of coaching, Sharika is the best player I have ever coached. Although her individual contributions have been extraordinary, it is her ability to elevate the play of those around her that places her in a class of her own. Offensively, Sharika sees the floor exceptionally well, can score from long range and can break down defenses off the dribble. She also possesses the ability to single-handedly take over a game. Defensively, she is very deceptive as she anticipates well on the court. She also is an outstanding rebounder for her size." (06/16/02, Indianapolis Star)

Scouting report by Kristy Curry..."Sharika brings size, strength and athleticism that you rarely find in a 1-2 combo guard. She comes from a great high school program in Indianapolis Cathedral, so she knows what it takes to win." (11/19/01, Purdue SID)

Scouting report by Brianna Howard..."Sharika is such an excellent player and she’s a joy to play with. The one thing about her, she’s an excellent passer. She sees the floor so well. You always have to be ready because she’ll find you. You can be standing on the other end of the floor behind eight people, and she’ll hit you." (04/15/02, Madison Courier)

  • 2000-01 AP Girls All-State Teams [MrHoops]
  • Cathedral repeats as class 3A champ [IHSAA]
  • Sharika Webb and Katie Gearlds: Rivals and teammates [MrHoops]
  • Indiana's Finest defeated at AAU Nationals [Amarillo Globe]
  • Just four teams remain undefeated [Amarillo Globe]
  • Cathedral wins first basketball state title [IHSAA]
  • Cathedral 58, Columbia City 44 [News-Sentinel]
  • State champion swish [Goshen News]
  • Northwood chops down Cathedral for title [Hoosier Times]
  • Northwood wins 72-71 thriller in 3A final [IHSAA]

    Season thru PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG SPG BPG RECORD ------------------------------------------------------------- 01-02 season 18.3 .435 .826 .365 6.3 4.0 3.3 1.1 21-3 00-01 season 17.0 4.5 3.2 2.3 29-1 99-00 season 15.9 6.2 4.4 27-1 98-99 season 10.0 .473 .717 .243 5.4 3.1 2.8 27-1


    01-02 season
  • Indiana All-Star
  • All-State first team (ICGS)
  • All-State first team (AP)
  • Indianapolis Super Team (Indy Star)
  • Indianapolis Player-of-the-Year (Indy Star)
  • All-State First Team (Hoosier Basketball)
  • All-American honorable mention (Street & Smith)
    00-01 season
  • Indiana Junior All-Star
  • All-State second team (AP)
  • All-State third team (Louisville Courier Journal)
    99-00 season
  • All-American honorable mention (USA TODAY)
  • All-State honorable mention (Louisville Courier Journal)
  • All-Marion County (Indy Star)
  • All-City (Indy Star)
  • Blue Star Elite Camp attendee

    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/13/01 TUE 7:30P @ Heritage Christian 11/19/01 MON 7:30P Northwest 11/21/01 WED 7:30P @ Bishop Chatard 11/28/01 WED 7:30P Ritter 12/03/01 MON 7:30P @ Broad Ripple 12/06/01 THR 7:30P @ Carmel City Tournament 12/10/01 MON TBA TBA 12/15/01 SAT TBA Finals (@ Cathedral) City Tournament 12/20/01 THR 7:30P Richmond 12/27/01 THR 6:15P Brebeuf 01/03/02 THR 7:30P Ben Davis 01/08/02 TUE 7:30P Roncalli 01/15/02 TUE 7:30P Arlington Ameritech Shootout (@ Villa Park, IL) 01/18/02 FRI 5:30P vs. Hope 01/19/02 SAT 11:30A vs. Benet Academy Ameritech Shootout (@ Villa Park, IL) 01/23/02 WED 7:30P @ Perry Meridian 01/26/02 SAT 1:30P @ Park Tudor 01/31/02 THR 7:30P Lafayette Harrison 02/02/02 SAT 3:00P Rushville IHSAA Sectional (@ Arlington) 02/05/02 TUE TBA TBA * Schedule subject to change

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