Matthew Mitchell has a lot to be cheering about after signing his sixth-straight top 20 recruiting class. Four of the nation’s best recruits signed letters of intent to play for the Cats next season. The class is ranked seventh nationally by Blue Star Basketball and 13th by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Here is a little breakdown of each player they signed:
This 6′ 2″ Neew York City power forward is considered the No. 2 PF and the ninth-best post player in the country. Last season, she averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in helping lead Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., to a 19-3 finish.
A Pineville, Ky. native, Morris has played varsity basketball for Bell County High School since 7th grade. Last season she averaged a team-high 22.0 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and shot 55.4 percent from the field in helping the Lady Cats win the 52nd District championship and advance to the 13th Region title game.
Although she might not have the height at 5′ 6″, the Maryland native is rated as the No. 18 point guard by espnW and the No. 15 overall player by MaxPreps. She is a four-year starter at Annapolis Area Christian where she averaged a team-high 25.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.3 steals and 3.1 assists last season.
Most impressively, Murray was named to the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team this past summer and she helped the USA to a 5-0 record, a gold medal and a berth into the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Another Kentucky native, from Scottsville, 6-Foot Rich averaged d 20.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks last season before tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament in February. She signs as the No. 30 guard in the 2015 class.
Prior to her injury, Rich broke the Allen County-Scottsville career scoring record with 1,754 points and set the school’s single-game scoring record with 45 points. As a sophomore, she broke the school record for most points in a single season with 672 and was all-state honorable mention.
Don’t forget the women travel to Central Michigan today to face the Chippewas for its first road contest of the season. You can catch the game on ESPN3 at 8 p.m.