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UK Hoops Gets Highest Ranked Recruit in Program History

 

 

Check out Matthew Mitchell getting his Coach Cal on. The Cats received a commitment today from Linnae Harper, the second ranked guard in her class and number five player overall in the nation. The 5’6″ point guard from Chicago visited for Big Blue Madness last month and selected the Cats over Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, and Miami (Fla). Harper is coming off a junior season in which she led her high school team to an undefeated season and state championship.

 

Harper has played for USA Basketball’s U-16 and U-17 over the past two years, giving her big game experience that will be an edge in transitioning from high school to college ball. Her strengths as a player include versatility (she’s comfortable playing shooting guard as well as point, and even some small forward) and rebounding, despite her stature (Harper had 17 rebounds in one game in 2010). With her commitment, along with┬áMakayla Epps (daughter of former UK basketball player Anthony Epps) and┬áKyvin Goodin-Rogers, Mitchell has a strong start to his 2013 recruiting class.

 

Linnae Harper, come on down!

 

@KristenGeilKSR

Article written by Kristen Geil

27 Comments for UK Hoops Gets Highest Ranked Recruit in Program History



  1. Only one who cares
    5:33 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Basketball at the University of Kentucky just keeps rollin’ on.



  2. bigbluejon
    5:44 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    That’s the best picture you could find of her?



  3. OneAndDone
    5:46 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Matthew Mitchell gettin it done!!!! So proud of UK Hoops! Lets hang a banner in the same year



  4. b cruse
    5:46 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    It takes years to climb to the top. Coach is dancing as he climbs and will get to the top first.



  5. Buckets
    5:48 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    UK women’s basketball, more exciting than UK football.



  6. Blue Jesus
    5:49 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    2. At least she isn’t the other girl



  7. Linda Taylor
    5:49 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    We have 2 graduating seniors and 3 recruits and a full roster of 13 scholarship players. So I am wondering where the schollie is coming from for Linnae. Is coach MM planning on redshirting someone next year? We do have 6 juniors on the roster so next year will be a huge recruiting year for this team.



  8. Holler Baller
    5:53 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Mitchell is doing a great job



  9. cat man
    5:55 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I think NCAA womens basketball get 15 scholarships per team while the men only get 13.



  10. wishful thinking
    6:01 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Matt/Drew
    Can you confirm that UKAA has called a press conference for Monday afternoon at 2:00 PM?



  11. Linda Taylor
    6:03 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    9 – Thanks, I didn’t realize men’s and women’s programs had different scholarship numbers. I did just Google it and you are correct. That means we have room for another young lady!!! Coach MM is flat out getting the job done. I can’t wait for the games to begin.



  12. Robster
    6:08 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Outstanding!!!



  13. Cat fan...
    6:15 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I always thought UK could easily become Basketball U for both men and women. Nice work Mitchell!



  14. Cat Fan n Tn
    6:45 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    UK Women getting it done. Can’t wait for the season to start for the men and the women. Good luck to both and go Cats.



  15. Lish
    9:28 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone really care about women’s basketball ?



  16. Helps A Little
    9:34 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Kinda takes the sting out of the fact that the best women’s BB player
    in Kentucky… committed to Puke. : (



  17. On to the Next!
    10:28 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I really wish he could have landed in State prospect Becca Greenwell from Owensboro catholic, who is also a top 5 recruit in the Nation and was MVP of those USA U-16 and 17 teams. I hate to see local talent get away but I do like the Calipari-like mode of moving on to the next top 10 recruit. Well done Coach, great commitment.



  18. s.motley
    11:28 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    AWESOME!!!! Maybe coach Mitchell should take over the mens team when Cal decides to step down



  19. dykebasketball
    11:42 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    thats all womens basketball is. If i am going to watch a women sport i will stick with beach vollyball. this girl is a fat and ugly pg.



  20. Duke Sucks
    12:45 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #15 yea actually a lot of people are starting to like women’s basketball. Coach Mitchell has done one of the better jobs of any coach in any sport. Who knows with Summitt stepping away Coach Mtchell could have UK ready to step into the top spot in the SEC.



  21. Duke Sucks
    12:48 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #19 Hope that comment makes you fill like a big man. Your talking about a 17 year old kid. Your probably living in your moms basement wearing her underwear on your head rubbing peanut butter on yourself. Jack off!



  22. RDAY
    3:51 am October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Duke Sucks, very good points made in several instances. Very happy for Mitchell, as he seems to be a very hard worker who loves what he is doing. It’s really showing up in his teams and recruiting as a result. Kentucky Effect, spilling over!!!?



  23. dykebasketball
    12:22 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    @21 Im only 16 you db.



  24. Femaleb'ball Coach
    12:26 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #15 & #19– I KNOW you are not parents of daughters. I also agree with Duke Sucks and you probably have hairy backs with no one to shave them…



  25. Femaleb'ball Coach
    12:27 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I also hope #15 & #19 never have daughters that they know of.



  26. Gabe
    12:41 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    women should be cooking and cleaning not playing sports or going to school.



  27. Linda Taylor
    3:20 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    26 – Get back in your cave Neanderthal.
    19, 23 – You have a lot of growing up to do. Right now you are just a punk jerk. I hope you choose to not remain that way. I would be embarrassed and very disappointed to have you as a son.