Bendu Yeaney (l) with Bre Wickware

IUWBB: ’17 guard Yeaney commits to IU

Indiana received its fifth 2017 commitment Sunday in Bendu Yeaney, a 5-foot-9 guard from Oregon.

Yeaney, who is considered a three-star prospect by ESPN.com, visited IU’s campus in September with Linsey Marchese (Dacula, Ga.) and Alexis Johnson (Houston, Tex.), who had already committed to IU, as well as Keyanna Warthen (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who would commit to the Hoosiers on Sept. 20.

Yeaney, from Portland, had a longer timetable to make a decision. She had visits to Washington and Arizona. She also considered Oregon State and Colorado.

At the end of the day, she chose not to stay on the West Coast but come to IU and join what appears to be a strong class. Along with Marchese, Johnson, Warthen and Yeaney, the Hoosiers also have a verbal from five-star prospect Jaelynn Penn from Louisville, Ky.

What Yeaney adds to the class is another athletic combo guard, displaying both an ability to hit from beyond the arc and attack the rim. As a junior, she was named to USA Today’s All-Oregon second team. According to an article from The Oregonian in December 2014, Yeaney averaged 17.2 points per game during her sophomore season.

This will probably be IU’s last commit, even though the Hoosiers do have six scholarships available. Signing day is this week, and the Hoosiers would most likely want to keep one scholarship available and have the means to accommodate a transfer player, if one became available.

4 comments

  1. This is a terrific commit for the Hoosiers! I have seen videos of her and she is VERY athletic and runs the floor with very good speed. She is a tremendous defensive player and will certainly fill into coach Moren’s philosophy of strong defense! Go Hoosiers!

  2. Yes I have seen video of her also and Yes Moren is turning the womens program around and the incoming 5 being so athletic will lift them even higher, but heres the scary part. There is no backing for the women, not like the men, in another year or two if more success comes , winning the big ten/or/and getting to the sweet sixteen or elite 8 Moren could be swayed away from us. IU will not pay her the big money she deserves, but some big school down south will and will fill the stands. Case in point iu baseball coach turned the program around Iu would not pay him so he walked , same could easily happen with Moren and players recruited by her would also leave. With success will come the offers , its only a matter of time.

  3. Steve W, I agree, it is time for the IU fans to start coming out and following this team. Averaging around 3,000 fans a game is simply not enough for this now very successful program. As an example, look at South Carolina, before they acquired Dawn Staley as their coach the program was at the bottom of the SEC and going nowhere and had a pathetic fan base. After Staley came on board and turned the program around, they now have 10,000 season ticket holders for woman’s basketball and are ranked in the top 2 in the country the last 2 years. The point being, IU has the largest student ticket section for men’s basketball in the country (over 9,000 last year). Why in the world can’t we get 4 or 5 thousand students to come to a game each night especially when they get in free for women’s basketball when they show their student ID? Our attendance for women’s games are mostly made up of adults and their families. I have mentioned this lack of attendance over the last 3 years and now that we have become really successful, I am hoping that the students will start to come out and watch this team. I am with you Steve about coach Moren becoming more successful and the possibility of losing her in the future? Boosting our attendance would enable IU to raise Moren’s salary in the future if her success continues. Go Hoosiers!!

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