On the day his team moved to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz received huge news for the future of the program.
The Cardinals landed one of the highest ranked commitments in program history, picking up a verbal from Richmond, Va., L.C. Bird point guard Taja Cole. She's ranked No. 16 by FullCourt.com and No. 17 by ESPN.com.
A member of the Boo Williams Summer League team, Cole visited U of L recently and gave the Cardinals the good news on Monday.
"When we visited she said she just felt like it was home," Cole's mother, Star Wills, said. "She was comfortable with the coaches and with all of the players. She felt at home.
"She also liked the style of play on TV and then when we watched it in person, she felt like it was the perfect fit. But what really made it seem right was when we met with the academic advisors. She has her own clothing line, so she wants to something entrepreneurial and sports administration and it was just right."
The 5-foot-8 Cole averages 19.2 points a game and was also looking at Florida, Texas, West Virginia and dozens of other schools.
Wills said her daughter starter her own clothing line about three years ago and it's called Team Cole.
"She started it out on social media and it just took off," she said. "She created her own logo, creates all of her own stuff. She created the design and is growing the brand."
Douglasville, Ga., Douglas County High '15 wing Maya Benham committed to Walz last summer.