I was forwarded this link to Inside The Ville where they offer their thoughts on the incoming freshmen class joining the Louisville Women’s Basketball program. We are excited to see how Syd and the rest of the 2014 class will impact CardNation. (Of course they spelled Brackemyre incorrectly, but we’ll just go with it.)
Louisville coach Jeff Walz has assembled one of the top women’s basketball programs in the country. The Cardinals are coming off an NCAA runner-up finish and are currently ranked in the Top 5 nationally. Walz has parlayed UofL’s on-court success into one of the nation’s best recruiting classes.
Louisville expects to sign five prospects — F Myisha Hines-Allen, F Mariya Moore, PF Sydney Brackemeyer, W Ariana Freeman and G Arica Carter – during the early signing period, which began Wednesday, who are rated in the Top 70 nationally by All Star Girls Report.
“I think they signed a great group,” said ASGR publisher Brett McCormick. “All of them are good. I think he has a good mix of players. They’ve got a solid class with five player in the (national) Top 66.”
Hines-Allen is Louisville’s high-ranked recruit at No. 16 nationally by All Star Girls Report; Moore is rated No. 22; Brackemeyer No. 39; Freeman No. 41 and Carter No. 66. McCormick calls Louisville’s recruiting class highly versatile with players who can play multiple positions on the basketball court.
“What gives Walz an advantage is Hines-Allen can play the 2, 3 or 4, Freeman can play 2 or 3 and Moore can play several positions,” said McCormick.
McCormick, a former college coach, helped break down the Cards recruiting class, which ranks No. 6 nationally by All Star Girls Report.
“(Myisha) Hines-Allen is their headliner because she’s strong and athletic. She really improved from last year to this year. She has the inside game and the outside game. She’s a beast. She can post people up and step out and shoot the three.”
“Sydney Brackemeyer is such a smart player. She can play inside and outside. She can shoot, she can pass it well. That’s what’s good about her. She does everything well. She can impact the game by not scoring.”
“(Ariana) Freeman is a great athlete, she’s probably the most athletic in terms of speed and athleticism. She can pass and do other things.”
“Mariya Moore can play multiple positions. She shoots it, she can post up, she goes coast to coast with it. She can think the game too.”
“Arica Carter can flat shoot it and score. That was kind of a gift (recruit). That was a really nice pick up for Louisville.”
“That would have to be between Brackemeyer and Carter. I think Brackemeyer is really the sleeper of the class because a lot of people look at her as not being athletic as the others but she’s so smart and can do everything. She is kind of like Sara Hammond. She’ll do whatever it takes to help the team win. She will be a good teammate.”
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“I’d say Hines-Allen, but probably Mariya Moore too; but definitely Hines-Allen. She’s a beast. She’s so athletic and strong, she can defend a guard or guard the post. Her game has really gotten a lot better from the perimeter. She used to play but the four but this summer she played the three well, shooting the three and putting it on the floor. And when she gets it inside she’s tough to handle.”