Women's hoops: Guard commits to USF for '11
There are few things my editor likes less than "news" of high school underclassmen making commitments for where they'll be playing in college. All too often, he remember stories like this, which later give way to stories like this.
Just the same, USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has picked up a big commitment toward his 2011 recruiting class, as Jacksonville point guard Shalethia Stringfield, a junior at one of the nation's top girls basketball schools, committed Thursday night to play for the Bulls.
"I liked the family atmosphere, and Coach Jose is just like my coach here," said Stringfield, who is ranked as the nation's No. 86 recruit in the Class of 2011 by Hoopgurlz.com.
Stringfield, who is one of five underclassmen at Potter's House Christian committed to Division I programs, chose the Bulls over Virginia and Central Florida. She said a visit to USF's campus on Tuesday clinched her decision, and she doesn't expect to change her mind between now and the early signing period in November.
"She's 5-foot-8, but she's a beast," said Tony Bannister, her coach at Potters House. "She's a pest, all over you defensively, and she's a great slasher. She can get to the basket on anybody."
USF continues to recruit well from the Jacksonville area, as Stringfield is from the same AAU program as current Bulls Jasmine Wynne and Daleisha Carn. Her high school team, which competes indepedent of the FHSAA, has a 37-4 record and is ranked 19th in the nation by USA Today.
Stringfield is the first commitment for USF in either women's or men's basketball or football. She has high school teammates already committed to Seton Hall, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.