Reports: U of L women's hoops lands '17 recruit

Reports: U of L women's hoops lands '17 recruit

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Reports: U of L women's hoops lands '17 recruit

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team got a big boost to its 2017 recruiting class Tuesday night when point guard Dana Evans committed to play for the Cardinals next fall, according to multiple reports.

Evans, of Gary West Side (Ind.) High School, is ranked the No. 3 point guard in the 2017 class by ESPN. She chose U of L over Tennessee and Purdue.

The 5-foot-6 guard averaged 35.8 points, 5.0 assists and 5.3 steals per game for the Cougars her junior season. On its website, ESPN described Evans as an “explosive floor-leader” who is “among the speed demons and elite guard in the class of 2017”  after observing her at Nike Nationals in July.

With Evans’ commitment, the Cards have three players in their 2017 class. Post player Loretta Kakala and point guard Lindsey Duvall will also suit up for coach Jeff Walz.

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Kakala, a 6-foot-3, Top-25 player, will join the Cardinals from Manteca, California. In-state recruit Duvall is a 5-foot-9, five-star player from Bullitt East High School.

U of L will graduate three players after the 2016-17 season — guard Briahanna Jackson, forward Cortnee Walton and guard Taylor Johnson.

U of L’s 2016 freshman class is loaded with talent. Five-star posts Ciera Johnson and Kyle Shook, five-star guard Sydney Zambrotta, four-star forward Jazmine Jones, three-star forward Bionca Dunham and Mercy Academy graduate Jessica Laemmle make up a top-10 recruiting class.

This season, the Cardinals return every player from last season’s team and are ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s way-too-early preseason Top 25. U of L’s schedule is highlighted by non-conference games against South Carolina and Maryland, and Atlantic Coast Conference foes Syracuse and Notre Dame.

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz reacts on the bench during the second half of an NCAA tournament first-round women's college basketball game against Idaho, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Louisville won 88-42. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz reacts on the bench during the second half of an NCAA tournament first-round women’s college basketball game against Idaho, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. Louisville won 88-42. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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