University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz has his fifth top 10 class in six years, announcing the signing of five new players.
Walz announced on Thursday the signing of Sydney Brackemyre, Arica Carter, Ariana Freeman, Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore.
"We are thrilled to announce the signings of five amazing young women," Walz said in a release. "This group is very diverse in personality and skill dimension. They are a collection of talent that signifies excellence both in the classroom and on the court. Adding a Top 10 recruiting class that addresses the needs of our program was a top priority and our staff worked diligently to accomplish those feats."
The Class is ranked No. 3 nationally by Blue Star Recruiting, checks in at No. 5 by ProspectsNation.com and in the top 10 of every ranking.
"Signing four Top 100 players in the Class of 2014 ranks Louisville No. 3 nationally," Director of Blue Star Chris Menning said in the U of L release. "All five bring length and versatility to help build on Coach Walz's defensive philosophies and winning tradition."
Here's a comment from Walz on each player:
"Sydney was our first commitment of the 2014 class and we couldn't have made a stronger statement by getting one of the premier players out of the state of Ohio," said Walz. "Her junior year was cut short with a knee injury, but her determination and resiliency has brought her back stronger than ever. Syd has a work ethic and focus second to none. She knows only one way to play and that's all out! She will fill multiple positions and can play on the perimeter or be physical in the post. What we love most about her game is her willingness to be coached and hunger to be the best."
"Landing Arica Carter was a huge statement for our program," Walz said. "Although slight in frame, she can really knock down big shots when it matters most. Arica has a tremendous ability to score, but her best attribute may be her ability to defend on the ball and get offenses out of their rhythm. Her leadership and passion for winning will be a great fit for our future. She has proven herself by winning at the highest level on her high school and club teams."
"Ariana is a strong, aggressive guard, who can knock down shots and wear her opponents down with her physicality," Walz said. "She has an engaging personality that exudes confidence. She loves to get up and down the floor to push tempo and will thrive in our pressing attack. She has a great competitive spirit and will provide a lot of depth and energy to our back court."
"Myisha is a game changer," said Walz. "She brings a unique element of power and finesse to our team. She can take over a game and will punish her opponents. Although her strength and tenacity around the rim is uncanny, she can also can knock down jumpers on the perimeter and drive by her opponents with ease. She loves to score in transition and pursues the basketball on rebounds with great passion. Myisha brings a dominating presence that will fill excite many fans."
"Mariya is what we often refer to as a ‘old school, throwback' player," said Walz. "She doesn't wow you with speed, shooting or defending, but what she does bring is potent productivity. She has an innate ability to get people shots, she is crafty on defense and anticipates steals. She is perhaps one of the strongest wings we have ever recruited, and creates nightmare matchups all over the court. She can play multiple positions from point guard to power forward and excels in the transition game. We are thrilled to bring one of the most coveted players on the west coast to our program."