The recruiting rankings in women’s basketball didn’t change much in the upper echelon after the Early Signing Period, which ended Wednesday. Maryland, Baylor and Texas remain firmly entrenched as the top three.
But the big winner in terms of signing uncommitted players was Ohio State. A week ago, the Buckeyes’ class was listed outside the Top 20 according to the espnW HoopGurlz class rankings and consisted only of Kiara Lewis, a point guard from Whitney Young in Chicago who is No. 22 overall by HoopGurlz.
Since then, Ohio State has added Tori McCoy, the No. 10 player in the class from Saint Thomas More in Illinois. A 6-4 post player who missed most of her junior season after a knee injury, McCoy selected the Buckeyes over South Carolina on Monday. She had spent last weekend on an official visit to South Carolina. She averaged 18.9 points and 9.7 rebounds as a sophomore.
Ohio State is now ranked No. 8, according to HoopGurlz director Dan Olson, who also runs the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
“I’m extremely excited today to add Tori McCoy to our program,” Buckeyes coach Kevin McGuff. “She’s certainly one of the top players in the country but more importantly, she’s a great kid who will be an unbelievable addition to our program.”
McCoy followed the signing of Jensen Caretti, a 6-1 wing who blossomed in the summer from unknown to the No. 31 player in the ESPNW HoopGurlz rankings. Caretti attends River High in Hannibal, Ohio, a town of less than 500 people and was not noticed until she exploded on the AAU circuit with an elite-level program based in the Cleveland area.
So, if you’re scoring at home, Ohio State signed the No. 10, No. 22 and No. 31 players in the Class of 2016.
“The three players we signed this year are all phenomenal kids and I think add to what is becoming one of the best rosters in college basketball,” McGuff said. “I couldn’t be more excited about the future of this program.”
Some other notes from Early Signing Period in girls basketball:
- Only one of the top 26 players in the HoopGurlz rankings is uncommitted: No. 4 Sabrina Ionescu, a guard from Miramonte High in California. She announced Tuesday that she is going wait until the spring signing period to decide among Oregon, Cal and Oregon State.
- Ionescu is one of three of HoopGurlz Top 100 who has yet to commit. The others are No. 27 Tyahsa Harris from Heritage Christian School in Indiana and No. 33 Eternati Willock, who attends Pope John Paul II School in Canada.
- Nine of the top 100 players to commit or sign so far will be attending colleges in Texas.
Baylor: No. 1 Lauren Cox to Baylor, No. 8 Natalie Chou, No. 40 Calveion Landrum
Texas: No. 2 Joyner Holmes and No. 6 Alecia Sutton
TCU: No. 13 Amber Ramirez, No. 100 Kianna Ray
Texas A&M: No. 63 ArLeighshya McElroy
Texas Tech: No. 97 Brittany Brewer