Westbrook About To Take Flight

Westbrook About To Take Flight
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Evina Westbook takes flight at the 2016 Check Me Out Showcase in Seattle, Washington. *Photo by Glenn Nelson.

Earlier this week, the No. 2 player in the 2017 class, Evina Westbrook of Salem, Ore., released her final six.  Westbrook is now considering Maryland, Notre Dame, Oregon State, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC.  Official visit dates are set with all except Oregon State, a campus she’s been on numerous times.

 

Clay’s Take

Westbrook is long and athletic with quick feet on defense. I had the chance to coach her team and she was one of the top defenders in the gym at the Check Me Out Showcase. Westbrook was very coachable and full of potential. Her ability to get downhill off of the dribble was impressive. She was attentive to instruction, focusing on getting better during her time in Seattle. Even now, with a FIBA U18 gold medal in hand, she is still scratching the surface of how good she can be. 

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Evina Westbrook

Oregon, Class of 2017

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The Finalists

Maryland

Visit Date: Sept. 29-Oct. 2
2017 Commits: None to date
2016 Class:

E

Destiny Slocum

Idaho, Class of 2016

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#7

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Kaila Charles

Maryland, Class of 2016

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Maryland

#12

Stephanie Jones

Maryland, Class of 2016

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#36

Jenna Staiti

Georgia, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT6' 5"

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Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers

Georgia, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT5' 9"

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MarylandPlayer Videos

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Blair Watson

New Jersey, Class of 2016

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Maryland

#47

Why she could be a Terp: Westbrook would be a heck of an encore to the No. 1 recruiting class in 2016 and provide a player with the scoring skill set to follow Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

 

Notre Dame

Visit Date: Sept. 22-25
2017 Commits

Mikayla Vaughn

Pennsylvania, Class of 2017

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HEIGHT6' 3"

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Notre Dame

#150

2016 Class

E

Jackie Young

Indiana, Class of 2016

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Notre Dame

#2

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Erin Boley

Kentucky, Class of 2016

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Notre Dame

#6

Why she could become Irish: The program’s tradition and history of being among the best in the country along with solidifying a core backcourt with Ali Patberg, Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young.

 

 

Oregon State

Visit Date: No official visit
2017 Commits

Aleah Goodman

Oregon, Class of 2017

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HEIGHT5' 9"

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Oregon State

#52

2016 Class

E

Katharine Tudor

California, Class of 2016

POSITION/RANKW  /  14

HEIGHT5' 10"

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Oregon State

#42

Mikayla Pivec

Washington, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT5' 10"

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Oregon State

#52

Janessa Thropay

California, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT6' 0"

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Oregon State

#140

Madison Washington

Nevada, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT6' 1"

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Oregon State

#66

Why she could become a Beaver:  OSU is as close to a hometown team as you will find, but on the heels of the Final Four run in 2016 there are reasons beyond location for Westbrook.  She has ties to the school as well as her father was a Beaver.

 

South Carolina

Visit Date: Oct. 6-9
2017 Commits

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Elisia Grissett

North Carolina, Class of 2017

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HEIGHT6' 2"

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South Carolina

#25

Haley Troup

Haley Troup

Alabama, Class of 2017

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HEIGHT5' 9"

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South Carolina

#98

2016 Class

E

Tyasha Harris

Indiana, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT5' 8"

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Mikiah Harrigan

Florida, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT6' 0"

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South Carolina

#74

Araion Bradshaw

Massachusetts, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT5' 6"

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South Carolina

#80

Victoria Patrick

Florida, Class of 2016

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South Carolina

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Why she could become a Gamecock:  Teaming with Ty Harris and becoming the next it duo after the star power graduating over the next two seasons.  The obvious appeal as well of playing under a former Olympian Dawn Staley has to be a consideration.

 

Tennessee

Visit Date: September 15-18
2017 Commits:  None to date
2016 Class:

Kamera Harris

Georgia, Class of 2016

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Tennessee

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Why she could become a Lady Vol:  In recent history it’s been the Oregonian thing to do, with Mercedes Russell, Jordan Reynolds and Jaime Nared all heading to Knoxville.  The history of the program is an appeal as is the chance to be the star after Diamond DeShields and Te’a Cooper graduate.

 

USC

Visit Date: September 8-11
2017 Commits: 

Ayana Clark

Ayanna Clark

California, Class of 2017

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HEIGHT6' 2"

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USCPlayer Videos

#38

2016 Class:

E

Valerie Higgins

California, Class of 2016

POSITION/RANKW  /  8

HEIGHT6' 0"

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USC

#24

Ja'Tavia Tapley

Florida, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT6' 2"

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USC

#81

Minyon Moore

California, Class of 2016

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HEIGHT5' 9"

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USC

#98

Asiah Jones

South Carolina, Class of 2016

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USC

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Why she could become a Lady of Troy: Westbrook’s father is from Inglewood and her father still calls Southern California home. In addition she would join a top 25 player in Clark in the USC 2017 class, giving the program some star power and play for a Hall of Fame player in Cynthia Cooper.

 

With options near and far, established and on the rise, the eventual commitment of Westbrook has a chance to have a major impact on the recruiting landscape.  Outside of Megan Walker, there just aren’t many long perimeter players with the ability to impact both sides of the court like Westbrook can, making her a potential program changer.

 

Chris Hansen is managing editor of ProspectsNation.com and serves on the McDonald’s All-American and Naismith Trophy selection committees.  He was the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012 and is the director of the Check Me Out Showcase.  He can be reached at chris@prospectsnation.com.

Comments

Te'a Cooper will be

Te'a Cooper will be redshirted this year due to an ACL injury in a "pickup" game at home in Atlanta this past summer. If Westbrook picks Tennessee, she will be able to play three years with Te'a. So what you say about Westbrook and Tyasha Harris will apply equally to Westbrook and Te'a. In both cases they could play three years together.

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