Peoples Chooses Notre Dame

Peoples Chooses Notre Dame
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Anaya Peoples breaks full court pressure at the 2017 Nike EYBL-Hampton stop. *Photo by Chris Hansen.

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have reached into the 2019 class to pick up their point guard of the future in Anaya Peoples of Danville, Illinois.  The 5-foot-10 guard chose Notre Dame over Connecticut and South Carolina, having recently made an unofficial visit to the latter.

The five-star prospect is the school’s first commitment in the 2019 class.  Peoples will arrive at campus following what is now a four-player class in 2018 for the Irish.  Committed to date in 2018 are No. 12 Jenna Brown of Marietta, Georgia; No. 14 Katlyn Gilbert of Indianapolis, Indiana; No. 74 Abby Prohaska of Lakota, Ohio; and No. 92 Danielle Cosgrove of Farmingville, New York.

Anaya Peoples lines up a corner three for her Midwest
Elite club team in Hampton, Va. *Photo by Chris Hansen.

"Peoples is a dynamic guard who has shown over the years a dedication to improvement,” Brandon Clay of the International Report, said.  “Her length in the backcourt coupled with her physical development make her an elite prospect nationally. She is capable of making all the plays you'd want a lead guard to complete. Peoples is a high level shooter, ball handler, passer and defender at the point guard position. She's arguably the most talented guard prospect the Irish have signed since Skylar Diggins."

One thing is certain, the Irish have a future with talent and depth in the backcourt which is only bolstered by the addition of Peoples.


Chris Hansen is managing editor of and serves on the McDonald’s All-American and Naismith Trophy selection committees.  He was a co-founder of and the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012 and is the director of the Check Me Out Showcase and ELITE is EARNED events.  He can be reached at

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