IUWBB: Hoosiers add Berger, Wilson in 2018 class

Indiana women’s basketball signed three players Wednesday to letters of intent for the 2018 class.

Guards Grace Berger and Chanel Wilson were joined by Latvian forward Aleksa Gulbe.

Berger is rated as a five-star prospect by ESPN and the No. 46 overall prospect in the class. Prospect Nation lists her as a four-star, at No. 76 overall. She played for the Kentucky Premier AAU program, making her a former teammate of current IU freshman Jaelynn Penn.

Wilson, who tore her ACL last January, is more of an under-the-radar pickup. The 5-6 guard from Powder Springs, Georgia, is rated as a three-star by ESPN.

IU will graduate seniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill this year, while transfers Brenna Wise (Pittsburgh) and Ali Patberg (Notre Dame) will become eligible next year. For now, that puts the Hoosiers’ roster at 13 players for 2018-19 season, which leaves two scholarships open.

Berger, a 5-foot-11 guard, averaged 14.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a junior at Sacred Heart in Louisville, Kentucky. Her team finished 29-6 on the year, losing to Penn’s Butler squad in the first round of the state tournament.

Penn and Berger are two of the more highly rated recruits to commit to IU in recent memory. Quaneisha McCurty, a 6-5 forward, was ranked No. 34 in her class in 2011. Penn was ranked No. 39 in ESPN’s 2017 prospect list, but was later downgraded to a four-star, and No. 71 overall, in ESPN’s final rankings. Prospect Nation listed Penn at No. 48.

Penn was chased by South Carolina after she decommitted from Dayton last September.  Berger also had top programs in pursuit, including Purdue, Michigan, DePaul and Louisville.

Wilson averaged 12.9 points, 5.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a junior at McEachern. She played alongside current Georgia freshman Que Morrison, considered a top prospect in the 2017 class.

Spending part of her childhood in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wilson was a fan of IU great Isiah Thomas. McEachern has won four consecutive state championships, besting current Hoosier Linsey Marchese’s school, Archer, in the state semifinals last year.

Gulbe is a 6-3 forward from Riga, Latvia. She played for TTT Riga and averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game at the 2017 U18 European Championship. She is the third player from Latvia in program history.

8 comments

  1. This is another very good class of recruits for IU. Berger is a tremendous prospect for us, by most scouting services she is a 5 star player. I have seen videos of her and she is a terrific ball handler and mid range shooter. She, it seems will be a wing player. Her versatility will be crucial to us. I was reading this morning on ESPNW’s website about Wilson. The article said she was “jet quick” with the ball which fits right into what Moren wants to do offensively. I was a little pleasantly surprised by the 3rd girl from Latvia. As t mentioned, I think it is great to add some much needed size to our roster. One thing about foreign players from the Eastern block countries, they are really fundamentally sound which is a great thing. Good job by our staff to add quality players to our program. When you add our 2 transfers ( Ali Patberg, another 5 star and Brenna Wise) to these 3 girls next year, we will be in great shape. Things continue to look up! Go Hoosiers!

    1. Who is the best Indiana HS Senior that has not signed with a program yet? The top 20 National players not signed yet. Come on Coach Moren, you have 2 scholarships left. Get a McD’s All American and cement IU as a National Power! I will always be nervous if Tyra Buss is not on the court!

  2. Glad to hear Berger decided on IU with Purdue , Mich, Louisville, and dayton among others after her shows how far the program has come. Dont why Penn took such a drop to a 4star but she is still 5star to me. Looks like a pretty strong incoming class, but still waiting for that elite post to decide to come our way, maybe that will happen soon.

  3. Just for fun took a look at the charlie creme 2018 pre-season bracketology updated Nov 7. He has 7 teams from the big ten with IU as a 7 seed. Of course that will be constantly changing through out the season.

  4. Steve W, just watched a few videos on the Peegs website showing the recruits as coach Moren is commenting on them. The girl from Latvia as I mentioned last night is very fundamentally sound. At 6′ 3″ she seems to handle the ball well and showed in the highlights that she can shoot it from the perimeter. After watching the video, I was impressed with her versatility. Looks like she is going to be another integral piece to the puzzle. Not only is the Wilson girl jet quick but also shoots 40% from 3 point land. Berger is another 5 star recruit to add to Patberg and Penn. As has been mentioned before, the quality of the girls we are now recruiting is higher than it has ever been and this just shows the difference that coach Moren and her staff has made in our program. Go Hoosiers!!

  5. Mike C. Yes I also watched those vids. Yes the Latvia girl appears quite versatile as I pictured her more of just inside player. Wilson also impresses with her 40% long range shooting. Looks like we should be in good shape next year with plenty of quickness, plus the experience that Patberg and Wise will bring.

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