Four-star 2018 prospect Grace Berger committed to Indiana on Monday.
Berger, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Kentucky, is considered the No. 46 recruit in the country by ESPN.com and No. 56 by Prospect Nation.
She becomes IU’s lone commit for ‘18. Lapel’s Bree Boles, a three-star forward, decommitted from the Hoosiers in September. But a verbal from Berger is a big step toward building another strong class to follow a highly regarded 2017 haul. It’s difficult to project how large that class could be, but there is one unused scholarship from ‘17 and there will be two more scholarships available following the eventual matriculation of juniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill.
The highest-ranked piece of that ‘17 class has a connection to Berger. Five-star guard Jaelynn Penn, who signed with IU last week, is AAU teammates with Berger for Kentucky Premier and also from Louisville.
On tape, Berger flashes refined ball-handling skills, the ability to drive the lane and pull up for a midrange jumper, and excellent length and quickness as a perimeter defender. As a sophomore at Sacred Heart Academy, Berger averaged 14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. She shot 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from 3, according to MaxPreps.
She had received offers from Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan, among others. Her pledge to IU comes after the Hoosiers’ 2-0 start to the ‘16-17 season, including a 94-61 win over Vanderbilt.