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Women's hoops ranks 7th in Big East recruiting

Despite nine players coming to campus this fall, USF's incoming women's basketball recruiting class ranks just seventh in the Big East, according to the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report recruiting service.

Recruiting analyst Dan Olson rates the Bulls as having the nation's No. 35 recruiting class, just behind Big East rival Rutgers. Olson writes that the class is "offering volume, depth and addressing each position to their class." He has his highest praise for junior college point guard Dominique English, rating the former Gulf High standout  as the No. 3 point guard and No. 17 overall prospect in junior college. Olson writes that English, who will have a chance to take over for senior Jazmine Sepulveda, is "very crafty off the dribble with a  scorer’s mentality."

Another junior college transfer, guard Leondra Doomes-Stephens, rates as the fifth-best guard and No. 35 junior college prospect nationally. "Long and athletic, excels in uptempo game," Olson writes. "Anticipates defensively and can manufacture her own shot." A third junior-college guard, Sequoyah Griffin, ranks 14th among junior college guards and 56th overall. Forward Daleisha Carn, a transfer from Alabama who will sit out the upcoming season, was rated as the No. 89 recruit nationally by Olson two years ago.

None of the incoming freshmen rank significantly high by Olson's rankings -- center Jessica Monroe ranks 222nd nationally, forward Tahira Johnson ranks 240th and guard Tiffany Connor ranks "in the top 350 nationally." Forward Aleshia Flowers and guard Kaneisha Saunders were not ranked.

Another national women's basketball recruiting service, Blue Star Basketball Report, rated USF as having the No. 18 class nationally in November after the fall signing period.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:27pm]


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