Evina Westbrook has reopened the Oregon recruiting trail to Tennessee.
The 6-foot guard from Salem, Ore. picked the Lady Vols on Thursday. Westbrook is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2017 by the All-Star Girls Report and No. 2 by ESPN HoopGurlz and ProspectsNation.com.
Tennessee currently has Oregonians Mercedes Russell, Jordan Reynolds and Jaime Nared on its roster.
Bret McCormick, who evaluates talent for the All-Star Girls Report, based his top ranking of Westbrook on the depth of her game.
“There’s nothing she can’t do,” McCormick said. “She’s a great passer. She lives on the free throw line. She rebounds. She defends. She affects the game in so many ways. She doesn’t need to score a lot of points to be effective.”
Westbrook has started 86 of 87 career games for South Salem High with career totals of 1,465 points, 452 rebounds, 433 assists, 401 steals and 162 blocked shots.
As a junior, she started 28 of 29 games and helped lead South Salem to a 28-1 record and second consecutive Class 6A state championship. She averaged 22.6 points, 6.2 rebounds 6.7 assists, 5.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
“I’ve had players who were not all as gifted as Evina, but she has improved so much,” said Cal Stars coach Kelly Sopak, who coached Westbrook in the girls Nike EYBL. “When we first got her as a freshman, she has exceeded all my expectations. I thought she would be great but it was this level of greatness that I didn’t know she would reach.
Westbrook had narrowed her college choices to five schools: Oregon State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Maryland and USC.
Westbrook is the second top 10 player to sign with the Lady Vols, joining point guard Anastasia Hayes from Riverdale High in Tennessee. Coach Holly Warlick also signed Kasi Kushkituah, who is ranked No. 55 by ESPNw and whom Warlick called the best post player in the class.