Women’s basketball recruiting update

There were a couple of questions about IU women’s basketball recruiting in today’s chat with Dustin and Andy, so I thought I’d address that topic and provide an update of what little I know.

As my colleagues correctly pointed out, there’s not a lot of information out there for women’s recruiting like there is for the men. ESPN HoopGurlz does a nice job of sharing information, but once you get beyond most of the top recruits, the intel is still somewhat limited.

Here’s what I can tell you at the moment. According to a tweet from IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack last week, the Hoosiers recently got a commitment. I’m chasing that down as we type.

HoopGurlz reports that Indiana is being considered by 6-foot-3 forward Ally Mallott of Madison, Ohio, the No. 40 overall player in the class of 2011. But Mallott is also considering Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State and Dayton, and recently crossed Connecticut off the list despite the Huskies’ interest. The Irish are considered to be the leaders.

ESPN also reports that 5-7 point guard Brianna Kiesel, the No. 58 overall players in 2011 from Utica, N.Y., is choosing from IU, Illinois, Pitt, Syracuse and Georgetown.

And finally, HoopGurlz says 6-2 forward Tianna Porter of Paris, Tenn., is considering Indiana along with Pitt, James Madison, Tennessee Tech and North Carolina-Wilmington.

The only other recruit IU has shown interest in that I know of is Jeffersonville’s Jalynn McClain, a 6-foot forward in the class of 2012 who was honorable mention all-state as a sophomore last year.

Here’s one other interesting fact, take it for what it’s worth. Right now, 19 class of 2011 girls’ basketball players from the state of Indiana have committed to play Division I, none to IU.


  1. It’s been widely discussed how big of an impact Cook Hall could have on IU’s men’s basketball recruiting. I think it only makes sense that it would also have a big impact on the women’s basketball recruiting as well. Hopefully more of the top female players in the state will begin looking more closely at IU now.

  2. I don’t think it’s true that there isn’t quite a bit of women’s college basketball recruiting information out there for reporters and others who try to get it. Here are some examples of recent Purdue-related women’s basketball recruiting coverage, for instance, just to give one example of a program that’s close to IU, plus a couple of national women’s recruiting rankings that might be useful in developing articles about recruiting at any particular school.


  3. How about some reporting on the play of the incoming recruits over the summer and their thoughts about their workouts now that they’ve been on campus for a while?

    Thanks for the info above.

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