Week In Review: Sept. 9

Week In Review: Sept. 9
Week In Review: Sept. 9Taryn McCutcheon

The recruiting world is focused on the 2014 class as the signing period is just about two months away, but that isn’t the only class of prospects making moves. And it won’t likely change as new NCAA visit rules allow coaches into the junior class players’ living rooms, likely accelerating the process.

Michigan State Scores One Early

Another week, and another top 2016 point guard is off the board. Last week we saw Anna Wilson make an early pledge to Stanford, this week it is Taryn McCutcheon of Huntington, W.Va., making a college decision as she picked Michigan State. McCutcheon gives Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant a true floor general to come in an potential stabilize the point guard position for four years.

The 5-foot-6 class of 2016 prospect is a capable scorer with the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and make plays for others. More than anything McCutcheon gives Michigan State a kid who will always be one of its hardest workers and should mature into a capable leader during her time in East Lancing. Like Stanford a week ago, Michigan State was able to score an early verbal commitment from a true point guard with very good long term potential.

Temple Scores a Pair

Temple added two wings to its 2014 class this week with the additions of 5-9 wing Tanaya Atkinson of New Haven, Conn., and 5-9 wing Khadijah Berger of Hampton, Va. Atkinson is more of a slasher who is excels playing off the bounce and attacking the rim while Berger is the better perimeter shooter of the two and should help space the floor for the Owls. The two join fellow class of 2014 verbal commitment Aliyah Butts of Camden, N.J., as the second and third members of Temple’s 2014 class.


4-star Ashley Kelsick to Boston College: Kelsick had a very good July and garnered attention with her play this summer. The 5-8 point guard from Palmdale, Calif., gives Boston College an athletic lead guard who can score and create for others.

Khadedra Crocker to Virginia Tech: The Hokies have made a point to recruit and score some of the top prospects in their local area as of late and adding 6-3 post Khadedra Crocker they did just that. With Crocker in 2014 and Chanette Hicks of Hampton, Va., in 2015, Virginia Tech is keeping some of the best Virginia talent at home.

Josetta Fatuesi to Utah: In adding 6-2 post Joseta Fatuesi, Utah scores more depth for its frontcourt line up in addition to a potential low post scorer at the next level. Fatuesi, of Santa Clara, Calif., is a talented prospect who has the potential to be a quality addition for the PAC-12 school. Her diverse skill set and size earned her the No. 143 ranking in the ELITE 150 this week.

Jade Owens to Creighton: Owens of River Forest, Ill., is a steady point guard prospect with the ability to run a team and take care of the basketball. The Midwest Elite prospect gives Creighton a reliable point guard option for the next four years.

Dominique Wheatley to UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels add a talented point guard prospect in the class of 2014 with the addition of Wheatley to their recruiting class. The La Verne, Calif., native has the ability to run a team and create her own offense in spots with her strength as she did this summer with the Cal Swish.

Moore is the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and international scouting report. He has been a member if the women's basketball community for more than six years as a trainer and evaluator. He can be reached at keil@prospectsnation.com.

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