IU women ink 3 spring recruits

The Indiana women’s basketball program announced the official signing of 6-6 center Quaneisha McCurty (ranked 34th-best player in the nation by Blue Star Basketball), 5-8 point guard Candyce Ussery and 5-11 JUCO player of the year Jasmine McGhee Wednesday.

They join fall signees Necole Sterling and Linda Rubene to make up what is ranked as the nation’s No. 23 recruiting class according to All Star-Girls Report. Below is the official release on the trio with comments from IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack.

Quaneisha McCurty
Dalton, Ga./Dalton High School, 6-6, C

McCurty hails from Dalton, Ga. and just wrapped up her senior season at Dalton High School. The 6-6 center finished her senior year averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds and nearly five blocks per contest. She led the Catamounts to the Georgia AAA state championship game this last season and posted a triple-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks in the quarterfinal game of that state tournament. McCurty was named the Best of Preps North Georgia Player of the Year, was an all-state selection by the Georgia Athletics Coaches Association and is ranked the No. 42 prospect for the 2011 class according to the All Star Girls Report.

“Quaneisha just has the ability to run the floor,” Legette-Jack said. “She’s got great hands and can get above the rim a little bit. It will be neat to see her and Sasha (Chaplin) on the floor out there together. Quaneisha has a high basketball IQ and one thing she does well is that if she can’t get a rebound, she can tap it to her teammates. She has great ability to know where her teammates are. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities with having her out on the floor.”

Jasmine McGhee
Anderson, Ind./Vincennes University, 5-11, G

McGhee will join the Hoosiers as a junior college transfer from Vincennes University. The 5-11 guard was named the WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year and earned junior college All-America honors for the 2010-11 season. McGhee helped lead the Lady Blazers to a 28-4 record last season while averaging a near double-double with 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Anderson, Ind., native also snatched 2.0 steals per contest while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 32 percent from long distance. McGhee is ranked the No. 2 junior college prospect in the in the country by the All Star Girls Report.

“The character of this kid is second to none,” Legette-Jack said. “I love her desire to want to get better. She is a humble young lady, she is a hungry lady and I think she is going to mesh well with the other four. She can jump, and she prides herself in that. She can play that forward position for us as she has a tremendous vertical leap. I think that once we develop her 3-point shot, she is going to be a real interesting kid on the perimeter.”

Candyce Ussery
St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood Central High School, 5-8, PG

Ussery will arrive in Bloomington after wrapping up her career at Hazelwood Central High School just outside of St. Louis, Mo. During the 2010-11 season, the 5-8 point guard accomplished 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and over three steals per contest. Ussery also led her team with 145 assists on the year (5.0 apg). She was named to the 2011 First Team St. Louis American Girls “Fab Five” and is ranked the No. 59 point guard in the nation according to ESPNHoopGurlz.com.

“Since I’ve been here, I haven’t had a point guard wanting to learn as much as she does and just talk about the game,” Legette-Jack said. “Wanting to talk about the angles, wanting to talk about the kind of offense we’re going to run when she gets here. She is just a student of the game and was coached by her dad. She really enjoys getting the ball to her big kids, but if defenses double down, I think that she can hit that open shot for you. She’s a great angle defender and has great IQ for the game. It is going to be neat to have that kind of mindset and that kind of relationship with a point guard.”

5 comments

  1. Good start for Coach Jack. Hope things can pick up from last season’s mistakes. Wouldnt mind seeing more Indiana girls but Ill take winning over that.

  2. This is very encouraging news for IU Women’s Basketball and for Coach Legette-Jack. Indiana has the #23 nationally ranked recruiting class for 2011 and we had the #33 player drafted by the women’s NBA in Jori Davis. I hope that this program just keeps progressing from here.

  3. Great recruiting Coach Jack!! 23rd best class in the US at IU? That’s awesome. Keep up the good work and go Hoosiers!!

  4. the center from ga the point guard from st louis and juco from vincennes are really good players!!!

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