Two of the 20 players are headed to Florida schools, as Cierra Brevard, a 6-foot-4 forward/center from Perkins, Ohio, has signed with Florida State, and Shenise Johnson, a 5-11 forward from Henrietta, N.Y., is headed to Miami.
There are also two players from Florida high schools, as 6-0 guard/forward Tiffany Hayes of Winter Haven (Connecticut) is on the Red roster, while 6-2 Chelsey Lee of Miami Parkway Academy (Rutgers) is on the White team.
Four of a kind
The Red-White split might as well be a Rutgers-Tennessee preview. The Scarlet Knights have four players on the White team, while there are four future Vols on the Red roster.
Rutgers' foursome, including Lee and forward Brooklyn Pope of Dunbar, Texas, were part of the winning team in the McDonald's All-America Game in Milwaukee last week. A fifth Rutgers signee, guard Nikki Speed, isn't in the WBCA game but shared McDonald's MVP honors with Lee.
Tennessee's four have considerable size: Forwards Alyssia Brewer and Glory Johnson are both 6-3, Amber Gray is 6-1 and guard Shekinna Stricklen is 6-2.
Their big chance
LSU and Stanford each have one signee in the game and both could step into major roles as graduation claims some of the Tigers and Cardinal standouts. LSU has eight seniors on its roster, leaving quite an opening for Ayanna Dunning, a 6-3 center from Eastmoor Academy in Ohio.
Stanford has only one significant senior in guard Candice Wiggins, but the Cardinal will get another boost from Nnemkadi "Nneka" Ogwumike, a 6-2 forward from Texas. She follows elite frontcourt players Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen, who have signed with Stanford in the past two years.
The women's Final Four features 12 players who have played in the WBCA All-America Game, including Connecticut's Maya Moore and Lorin Dixon, Stanford's Pedersen and Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund from last year alone.
The WBCA game's honorary captains are former Duke star Lindsey Harding, now with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, and former Tennessee star Tamika Catchings, now with the Indiana Fever. Both will sign autographs at 4 p.m.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer