IUWBB: Lindsey Corsaro chooses UCLA

Indianapolis Roncalli’s Lindsey Corsaro committed to UCLA on Saturday, choosing the Bruins  over Indiana and Michigan.

Corsaro, a McDonald’s All-American, is ranked as the No. 35 player recruit in 2016 by ESPN. She committed to Kentucky following her sophomore season, but decommitted in April after several players and coaches left the Wildcats’ program.

A six-foot guard, Corsaro had trimmed her final list to UCLA, Michigan and IU. She visited UCLA on May 13-14 , followed by Michigan on May 24-25 and finally IU on June 1-2. Without the commitment of Corsaro, the Hoosiers still have one open scholarship, which will mostly likely be saved for future classes.

Corsaro would have been a luxury addition for an IU team already well-stocked at guard. Earlier this offseason, the Hoosiers added Amber Deane, a grad transfer from Dayton. Deane will most likely compete with seniors Alexis Gassion, Karlee McBride and Tyshee Towner for minutes, as well as incoming freshman Ria Gulley. Tia Elbert, a transfer from Marquette, will be available to back up All-Big Ten point guard Tyra Buss.

There is no reason to doubt, however, that Corsaro would have found a role at IU. She had a stellar senior year at Roncalli, averaging 25.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. At the McDonald’s All-American game in May, Corsaro scored four points and grabbed four rebounds.

Even though Corsaro will not play at IU, she will be in Bloomington in the not-so-distant future. The All-Star girls’ junior-senior scrimmage will be 6 p.m. June 7 at Bloomington South, headlined by IU commit Darby Foresman, Corsaro and Princeton’s Jackie Young, who is committed to Notre Dame.


  1. It’s just a shame we couldn’t get a significant recruit from Indiana when we were in the running. UCLA is a program that is improving dramatically since they made a coaching change a year ago. Can’t really blame Corsaro for going where the weather is so nice year around. While I think our guard depth and quality will be much improved next year, Corsaro may have really been an intriguing player because of her versiltility with being able to play a wing with her size. We will be just fine but, recruiting a strong Indiana girl would have boded well for the future with in-state recruiting. Go Hoosiers!!

  2. Mike C. Im with you , what a deep shame it is. Who knows why kids make the decisions they do. But UCLA did wind up ranked # 10. Cori Close was actually named the Bruins head coach 5 yrs ago and has done well. I thought we had a decent shot at Corsaro but I guess IU just has not come far enough yet for us to get the premier players. How great would it be if we could play the bruins and knock em off,, take that L. C. Truthfully I feel L.C. would help any program, obviously. As Mike says we will be fine and there is a good chance we could be ranked either starting the season or soon after depending on how the new members gel with the current players.

  3. I believe that the fact that the Hoosiers are deeper at the guard position than UCLA played a large role in her decision. Although she’s talented she was going to be vying against experienced college players for time. She did what she thought was best for her. That’s how it often goes.

    Best of luck (unless we play you).

  4. Must you comment on everything Chet? Do you comment on everything because Ruthie is at Indiana? You seem like a “know it all”. Could be why this place has lost its all-star bloggers.

  5. You’re still right there. All of you. Everybody knows.

    Actually, I had a total reconstruction of my right shoulder performed on May 5th. I am wearing this big gizmo holding everything in place. I’ve got time on my hands…my left hand, anyway.

    Ruthie is not in Indiana…but thanks for asking.

  6. It was great that IU was in the final 3 for this outstanding Hoosier recruit. Too bad that she was Cali Dreaming. She could have been an Indiana Legend! In LA she will not even be in the news.

  7. The only good thing about Lindsey going to UCLA is that she passed on Michigan! I get so sick of Indiana girls going to other conference schools and having to play against them. I hope that this excellent coaching staff will start making significant inroads into getting Indiana girls to start coming our way. Go Hoosiers!

  8. UCLA is a great academic institution with a very nice campus that enjoys the best climate in the world. It’s Women’s BB program has a better tradition than IU. Many young people from the midwest and east want to experience living in Southern California. You visit the area, especially during the winter months, and develop an acute case of “LALA fever.” As long as you’re not paying for it, what’s not to love about living in Southern California? But it’s 2,000 miles away from her home. She will be surrounded by a lot of very accomplished and dedicated students (UCLA’s admissions standards are extreme, so the students that get in are highly focused and disciplined), so her social life, relative to IU and Michigan, is going to limited. I would not be surprised if she gets homesick and transfers to a school closer to home in a year or two.

  9. I thought she might go UCLA way, ever so slightly. Women’s bb is not men’s bb. Midwest girl getting a chance to experience west coast California is intriguing on a scholarship. I think it will be more challenging for her. It looks to me UCLA has more 6′ gaurds than IU. Doesn’t her dad coach on college level in Indy. To me KY choice I did not get when she chose to go there. IU women were probably to much in progress of getting on solid footing at the time. If T.Moren can keep adding to success in the program I can’t help but think that a couple highly recruited girls from Indiana will come her way (hopefully at least 6′ or taller.

  10. Ok the emotional strain of recruiting over , Harris and Corsaro will be playing elsewhere right or wrong. So now lets prepare ourselves for the upcoming season. Most players will be returning and hopfully improvement will be there for some of the players and maybe a surprise or two along the way that maybe we didnt anticipate. One thing most people will agree on IU is no longer the pushover they once were and will not go down without a fight. Ga. and ND found that out. Ok so maybe we over achieved but we dont quit. Looking for improvement from everyone , a stronger more effecient Royster, a little more rest time for Buss , 38 -39 min. on the floor takes too much out of her. But in comes Tia and Amber both with experience which should payoff in the long run. We may not be world beaters but should be better and maybe even in the top 25 rankings if all goes well. Hoosiers its time to reload and dont push the door open, kick the door open, show em who you are. Go Hoosiers!!

  11. You confuse the LA climate (warm but not blue skies) with San Diego, perfect!

  12. San Diego has a great climate but the skies aren’t so blue at the beach there, either. I lived in Mission Beach and it was usually a bit hazy. A mile inland it was beautiful.

    Even that far south the water was pretty cold, though.

  13. End of August, September, October and even the first half of November is the best time of year to enjoy So Cal’s climate. May and June produces the June-gloom affect, and the beaches are overcast until about 2:00 PM. But overall, San Diego north to about SLB is about as good a climate as you can find anywhere on earth. I guess that’s why it’s so expensive to live out there. I’ve met and know numerous former student athletes who attended UCLA. Most of them were disappointed with their college experience due to a lack of a social life while on campus. And the root cause is the same reason why UCLA has been suffering from the students’ lack of interest in the revenue generating sports (football and BB) for years. Good school, but it ain’t what is used to be.

  14. Chet, Are into rehab yet? If so I hope it is tracking well. Grit your teeth and strain always seems to be the routine in rehab. Good luck!

  15. I went out to San Diego way back in 1999 and loved it. Took in a baseball game among other things. It was by far my favorite trip. My parents and I drove the whole trip from Indiana to San Diego with points of rest and recreation between.

  16. As a matter of fact I’m having a cup of coffee and leaving for session #1 in a few minutes. This is my third surgery on this shoulder so I know the deal but, having moved across the country, they may take a different approach.

    This has been an interesting experience, doctorwise. Asheville, having been a ‘go to’ place for a number of years, is full of doctors from Harvard, Stanford, U of Chicago, et al. Out west I’m encountering more MDs from state universities like Kansas, CU, California system, and such. They are younger but Durango is, in general, a young place. It’s also hyperathletic with grocery stores filled with people in spandex biking gear and racks of some sort on all the unbelievably dirty cars and trucks in the lot.

    In the past, which I have plenty of, the surgeons give you a general idea of their plan but obviously leave plenty of wiggle room. That’s to be expected in trauma. I had the advantage of knowing most of the guys in Asheville but the interpersonal process was to enter the room, discuss findings, explain the plan, and leave. Out here I got the impression that they had all the time in the world and encouraged questions. My surgeon was more detailed in his plan than any surgeon I’ve ever met by a level of magnitude. My wife was taken aback and she worked for years in vascular surgery.

    The post op experience I’ve had in the past with, mostly, a previous generation of surgeons consistently set the recovery bar low. There was always some comment like, “It will never be like new because only God can do that.” Then they’d wish me luck and suggest a PT affiliated with their group.

    My current surgeon said it was pretty much a mess in my shoulder with some of the damage being old so some tendons, etc., were in poor shape but he went on to say he took the time to make everything nice and smooth so there’s no reason not to expect everything to be better than ever with a sound rehab plan. He spent a good half hour explaining in great detail the methods and procedures he used. When I asked him for a suggestion on a therapist he told me I’d be hard put to find a bad one in Durango as its such a sports town but he’d be happy to supply a list of names. The guys is about 40 and you only have to take a glance to know he’s still a competitive athlete. He’s soft spoken and humble but leaves you feeling pretty good about the whole thing which, when you’re strapped into what looks like half a giant gyroscope holding everything together, is no small feat. I should lose that rig in another 10 days.

    The, unusually young, staff at the dedicated surgical hospital all seem to enjoy their job and respond to queries with patience and a smile. That seems to be the standard attitude around here. Perhaps it’s youth. It’s also a nice place to live. So far it’s easily been the best experience I’ve ever had with this kind of thing and this was my 10th trauma/neurotrauma surgery as a adult. I feel very, very fortunate.

    Thanks for asking.

  17. God can make all things new as in blessing your surgeon in Colorado to make your surgery a success. Good luck.

  18. Glad to hear the good news, Chet. Sounds like you’re in good hands. But “ten trauma/neurotrauma” surgeries? Good lord, man, what happened? If you’ve explained the reasons why in previous posts, I must have missed it. Let’s hope this surgery was your last one.

  19. I’m apparently not as good with gravity, and various and sundry apparatus that interface with it, as my enthusiasm has led me to believe.

    I’ve been informed, both medically and within the household, that I’ve used up any margin for error I may have started out with. Something about “time to grow up blah, blah, blah…”

  20. Chet, it is good to hear surgery went so well and you are now in rehab now. It sure sounds as if you found the right doctor and hospital for your surgery. I know finding my spinal surgeon was a blessing after going through several other spinal surgeons trying to diagnose my problems. Surgeons certainly have different approaches to patients. Follow the rehabilitation closely and be patient as you want to heal correctly not fast.

  21. Chet, sounds like your in the hands of a good medical staff and your surgery went well. Hope your rehab does, too, and your shoulder is restored to optimal functioning. Give good care to yourself.

  22. Chet, Easy to get your drift. I’ve found great differences in approach by professional personalities based entirely on what region of the country they were trained/schooled. With engineers and mid level managers displaying the greatest contrast with which I have eperience(have no experience with medical pros outside the northern third of the Hoosier).

    It is optimum to have that positive frame of mind for recovery. It is near absolute when that mindset is created by what is displayed by the culture of those professionals we seek help, service and advice. I think you received a double dose from your guy. Damn good.

    Will be entering my own little surgery and rehab come September. The knee I injured at 17 can no longer put up with what I do. I know knee replacement is now thought of as no worse than filling a tooth. But I have put it off for 3 years because I just hate the thought of a part of me being sawed off, removed and thrown away. Pretty damn shallow thinking I know. Consequently after compensating for a bad knee all these years by favoring it I’ve also wore out the other 1. So it is going to be bumper crop surgeries. I’ve contemplated having both done at the same time but when they told me I’d have to go to a care facility for 10 days or up to 2 or 3 weeks I backed up quickly from that visual. So I envision a 2nd surgery sometime just before Thanksgiving or right after. But it could be so much worse and with a doubtful future. So we’ll both set a shoulder to the task, grit our teeth, strain and overcome.


    Just a side story to bring all things back to positive. I have 1 Uncle still alive, he is 99 and will be 100 in October. 1 of the 5-6 most naturally talented men I’ve ever known. 2 weeks ago he had out patient vocal cord surgery to increase his speaking decibels. In recovery the Doc came in to tell him what took place and how it went and what to do and what to expect. He said now in about 2 1/2 years you’ll have to have the procedure again as the cords will tighten up again. My Uncle’s response was to say “I’ll call you in 2 years and make an appointment”. Hell he’s 99. Talk about optimistic. Now that is living.

  23. Blessed with good genetics. Talk about living life to the fullest. Take care of yourself.

  24. Thanks guys. While not overwhelmed with good judgement at least I saw fit to marry a nurse. I’ve enjoyed moving back out west, particularly this area. It’s refreshing.

    HC, great story. I’ve seen that surgery.

    A buddy of mine had knee replacement about a year ago. He’s pretty much back to full action including lots of hiking and biking. While I haven’t had one I did learn a little something about joint replacements during this process. The surgeon was discussing general wear and tear on my shoulder and what could and couldn’t be done. My wife asked about a shoulder replacement and he told us wasn’t in good enough condition to be replaced. Apparently, the surrounding structures have to be intact before the joint can be replaced. Who knew?

    HC, I do have a little experience bilateral surgeries from a mountain biking accident in 2007. I hit elbows first pistoning both humerus bones through the AC joints. I was down for a while. I suggest you take the advice of doing one side at a time. Trying to do bilateral surgeries of major joints simultaneously will leave you temporarily more debilitated than you probably realize you’re signing up for. Good luck with the surgery. Another piece of advice. Stay ahead of the pain. Don’t wait until you’re in agony to take the meds they give you. It will slow down the healing process and you’ll actually end up taking more because pain wears you down.

    Ben, good genetics is a great thing but Force = Velocity x Mass wins out every time. I think you could add “X Poor Judgement” to my personal equation. I never seem to know when to call it a day.

    Again, thanks for the kind words, guys. PT was an ass kicker but it’s a relief to get started.

  25. HC, my wife had knee-replacement surgery this spring. It went great and she played a full round of golf eight weeks after the procedure. The key is the post-surgical physical therapy. According to my wife, it hurts, but it is essential to making a full recovery. She’s scheduled to get her other knew replaced in November (all her athletic activities since childhood destroyed both knees). After you have yours, I hope you will, as my wife did, wonder why you delayed the procedure for so long. Good luck.

  26. Chet, yes, bilateral was the word I was reaching for. I am now certain certain 1 at a time is the best approach. Having had many scalpels dulled on me to repair injuries I do recognize pain. Age may make it slightly less acute than a younger person but I still plan on making this as good an experience as it can be so your advice about pain management is noted in bold, big type. My Mother-in-law had it done at 84 years of age. I refuse and reject having the experience she still complains about to this day, 4 years later. What were we talking about above, frame of mind? Like you mine is ready for the task.

    Po, 8 weeks is exactly the same timeline I’m highlighting on the calendar. Then the second knee will be the focus. I don’t ride KLR’s or the like as Chet and his Bride but I’ve had some episodes of being on the edge. It is in hindsight you realize you can’t always win. This will be my 5th surgery requiring rehab. I’m a veteran with an advanced rank in that department and I go at it with a vengeance.

    Thanks all for the thoughts.

  27. I’m glad age makes your pain slightly less acute. That hasn’t been my experience. I am revisiting injuries from years ago that I has nearly forgotten. Like savings bonds set aside they seem to have accrued interest.

    I was warned this day would come.

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