University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz won’t release his new recruiting class until later in the week
But the Cardinals have signed three players. Cardinal Authority confirmed with all three prospects they each has signed with the University of Louisville.
Edwardsville, Ill., standout Emmonie Henderson, who is ranked as the No. 21 player in the country by All-Star Girls Report, has signed with U of L along with junior college guards Starr Breedlove and Janelle Cannon.
”I am so excited,” Henderson said. “Now, I just can’t wait to get there. The biggest thing for me is that I know I made the right decision. I’m happy it’s over and I made a really good pick.”
Henderson is a 6-foot-2 forward who picked U of L over Tennessee, Purdue and Miami (Fla.), noting she “really liked coach Walz and can’t wait to play for him.”
”It’s a great place and I can’t wait to get there and win,” she said.
Henderson begins her senior season as the No. 3 player all-time on the Edwardsville career scoring list with over 1,300 points. She averaged 15.6 points and eight rebounds a game last season for the 34-2 team.
Also a track and field star, Henderson will compete in both sports at U of L. She is a three-time Class 3-A state champion in the shot put and two-time defending champion in the discus. She’s ranked No. 2 nationally in the shot put.
Henderson is ranked No. 28 by FullCout.com and No. 40 by ESPN.
Breedlove, who is a native of Teaneck, N.J., is a 5-foot-6 point guard who originally committed to Washington out of high school. She spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College and helped the team to the NJCAA title.
”I think I found the right spot for me,” said Breedlove, who is not playing team ball but attending ASA College in Brooklyn this year. “I just really liked it. It felt like high school all over again and when I made my decision, it was a relief.”
Breedlove, who picked U of L over Seton Hall, made her visit to Louisville last weekend. She saw the Cardinals beat Texas A&M on Friday night and then knock off Portland in a game on Sunday afternoon.
”When I got there, I loved the coaches and players and the fan base,” Breedlove said. “I imagined myself playing in front of 10,000 fans every night. Even in a blowout game, they still had a lot of fan support and that impressed me.”
Breedlove, who averaged 9.4 points, 6.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds last season at Trinity Valley, said she has been working out with her father during her season off from organized team ball.
”Me and my dad sat down and we felt like it was better to have three more years and had I played this year it would have only been two,” Breedlove said. “If it was two, they it would really be one after you adjust to the coach and team.
”We felt like this would be the best thing for me.”
Cannon, who is originally from Wheeling, Ill., was a top 100 prospect out of high school and signed with Minnesota and was enrolled there for summer classes but left and spent time at Illinois State before she enrolled at Bellville, Ill., Southwest Illinois College where she played last season.
The 5-foot-9 Cannon is a sophomore All-American at SW Illinois after she helped lead the team to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament last season.
Cannon is considered the premier junior college point guard in the country. She averaged 16 points, eight assists and eight rebounds last season.
”I liked the campus and I know they have been really successful under coach Walz,” Cannon said. “I want to compete at the highest level. I had a lot of schools recruiting me, but I only have two years left.
”I want to be able to compete for a national championship, so that played a part in it. I know I made the right decision for me.”
While Breedlove said her strong suit is “my court vision,” she said this season she’s playing a lot of two-guard. She can play both the one and two.
”Whatever they need me to do,” she said. “I just want to win. I am very happy with how things ended up for me and to be able to play for coach Walz is going to be great. It’s going to be an exciting two years.”