Indiana head coach Terri Moren during the Indiana Michigan State women's basketball game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Chris Howell | HSR

IUWBB: 2017 guard Warthen commits to IU

Keyanna Warthen, a 5-foot-10 guard from Florida, tweeted her verbal commitment to Indiana on Tuesday.

Warthen posted a robust stat line as a junior for Fort Lauderdale High School, averaging 20.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.8 steals per game. Recruiting analysts have described the senior as a slashing combo guard with a quick first step. She also considered Southern Miss, South Florida and Texas Tech.

LaShonda Gaines, Warthen’s coach, said her star player was a “track first” athlete through middle school but blossomed on the court in high school. Oklahoma State and Miami had interest in Warthen at times during the recruiting process, Gaines said.

They are getting a kid that will run through a brick wall for you,” Gaines said. “She can shoot it with the best of them. Her midrange is knockdown. She can defend, she’s long, she’s athletic. Her best basketball is far ahead of her. If she hits her potential, she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Gaines is one connection Warthen has to the state of Indiana. Her brother, Frank, is the all-time leading scorer at IPFW. She encouraged Warthen to not be concerned with distance in making her choice.

it’s OK to leave your comfort zone,” Gaines said. “Just because it’s not something you are used to doesn’t mean it’s not right. In our eyes, (Indiana is) the mecca of basketball.”

Warthen joins a recruiting class that includes verbal commits Alexis Johnson (Houston, Tex.) and Linsey Marchese (Dacula, Ga.) but could grow exponentially. IU has room for six in the 2017 class, but could stash a scholarship or two for 2018, if necessary.

Marchese, a 6-3 forward, and Johnson, a 6-1 wing, went on an official visit to IU with Warthen and ‘17 guard Bendu Yeaney (Portland, Ore.) the weekend of Sept. 10. Yeaney, 5-10, is currently considering Colorado, Washington, Oregon State and Arizona along with IU.

Another name to watch is Jaelynn Penn, a 5-10 guard from Butler High School in Louisville, Ky. She was originally committed to Dayton but rescinded her verbal when coach Jim Jabir resigned earlier this month. Penn, considered a five-star prospect by ESPN, could visit IU soon.

2 comments

  1. This is a great pickup for the Hoosiers. I have seen a video of her, very athletic and super quick. Great size e at the guard position! Coach Moren and her staff continue to get the job done in the recruiting department. Things continue to look up! Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Sounds like Moren has a good one in Warthen. I couldnt find video of her but I did capture this excerpt from the sun sentinel. When her coach said she exploded in high school it sounds correct even though ESPN only lists her as 5′ 8″ and a 3 star performer that may not be updated . As a sophomore she was second team all state and as a junior 1 st team all state. Hopefully they will allow me to present this excerpt.
    “Facing Blanche Ely for the District 14-7A Championship, the junior guard took over for the Flying L’s, tallying 34 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals in the team’s 83-78 win. Less than a week later in the Class 7A regional quarterfinals, Warthen came through again, scoring 32 points in a wild 106-101 overtime win over defending state champion Palm Beach Lakes.”

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