USF women's hoops signs point guard from Spain
USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has ramped up his international recruiting in the last two years, with current newcomers including Australian center Caitlin Rowe and Ukrainian guard Inga Orekhova.
Both of those players played junior college basketball in the United States before coming to USF, but Fernandez has gone a step farther, and Wednesday's additions from the fall signing period include Laura Marcos Canedo, a point guard who comes to the Bulls directly from Salamanca, Spain.
Marcos is 17 years old and 5-foot-9 -- that's translated from 1.76 meters on the roster of Perfumerias Avenida, a Spanish team she practiced with that includes former Maryland standout Marissa Coleman in its lineup. Marcos has extensive international experience, but will come to USF with a full four years of eligibility.
She has been on the radar of NCAA programs for at least a year, showing up at a summer basketball showcase in Boston in summer 2010, where this blog wrote the following scouting report: "Sees the court very well, drives hard to the basket and can finish with contact. Can score from anywhere on the court and sets up teammates to score. Great hands and is a high quality defender." She was named "best playmaker" at a WNBA showcase camp in July at Springfield College.
Marcos speaks English and is a full NCAA qualifier -- you can see a short video of her here, speaking Spanish when she joined the roster of Perfumerias earlier this year. There are more pictures of her with Perfumerias here on this Facebook page.
Marcos joins three previous USF commitments, all from Georgia -- guards Shavontae Naylor and Courtney Williams and forward Alisia Jenkins. Fernandez has one scholarship remaining for the spring signing period and is expected to use that on a post player.