Two verbals for IU women

The Indiana women’s basketball team continues to fill out the 2011 recruiting class, recently garnering a pair of verbal commitments to go with November signees Necole Sterling of Virginia and Iowa Western JUCO Linda Rubene.

One commitment is from Vincennes University sophomore Jasmine McGhee, who has helped lead the second-ranked Lady Blazers to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament March 15-19 in Salina, Kansas. McGhee played her high school ball at Anderson. The 5-foot-11 forward is averaging 16.8 points and 9.6 rebounds this season.

The other verbal commit is 5-8 St. Louis point guard Candyce Ussery, who was averaging 12.7 points, 5.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals entering this past weekend’s season-ending quarterfinal (equivalent to regional final in Indiana) loss. Ussery, who also plays soccer and volleyball, is rated as the No. 58 point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz, which gives her an overall grade of 87.

I spoke with Ussery by phone Monday, and she said if there was someone she modeled her game after, it would be John Wall. She also says Felisha Legette-Jack’s Hoosiers have a lot of potential despite losing 20 games this year.

“They seem like they play a style I’m familiar with, pushing the ball up the floor, a fast-paced game,” Ussery said. “They struggled this season, but you can see they have so much talent. They just have minor breakdowns.”


  1. Has Coach Jack ever had a top 100 recruit that is from Indiana? How about the top 5 or 10 women’s players from Indiana come to IU? Is it because of ND and Purdue? Looks like Purdue and Kentucky are taking the top 2 women in the 2011 class. I know that IU basketball for women is not premiere, but i have to wonder if we are getting any real in state talent. And if not, why?

  2. Wow! John Wall! I can hardly wait to see that! ha ha By modeling her game after him, does she mean she wears his number?

    I hope both of these young ladies pan out for the Hoosiers and can make an impact immediately, but this strikes me as the type of half-a__ed recruiting that has gotten us into the position we’re in in the first place.

  3. Jordan Hulls sister is the top player in Monroe Co. and I thought she might go to IU also. Did IU offer her a scholarship?

  4. Pretty sure Kaila was offered. I know she was recruited, but can’t say for sure she was offered.

  5. Not seeing any improvement. This has got to be a hot seat year once again for Coach. I would like to see her turn things around, but there has been only regression lately.

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