2014 Commits for Card Women’s Hoops

20130209-191655.jpgThe Louisville Women’s Basketball program picked up their fourth commit for the class of 2014 yesterday. Keil Moore of ProspectsNation.com had a nice article on the latest commit along with the previous three (including Syd).

Getting excited about Louisville Women’s Basketball.

After a great run that saw the Louisville women’s basketball program make it all the way to the national championship game, coach Jeff Walz and his staff have managed to capitalize with a good deal of recruiting success. Myisha Hines-Allen’s decision to pick Louisville over Georgia Tech and West Virginia is the next example of the success carrying over to recruiting momentum.

“The school in general was an amazing place,” Hines-Allen, the No. 13 prospect in the ELITE 100, said. “I felt like home while I was there.”

Hines-Allen picked Louisville after making an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech in early June in addition to official visits to Louisville and West Virginia in August.

The 6-foot-2 forward has a combination of size and athleticism that is rarely seen on the recruiting circuit. She is a much improved perimeter shooter and is also capable of putting the ball on the deck and making a play. She should fit in well at the future ACC school as she shares similarities with current rising senior Sarah Hammond.

“The style of play was also a huge factor,” she added.

With the addition of Hines-Allen, Louisville now has four talented wings and forwards on the way to campus next year. Mariya Moore of Oakland, Calif., Arianna Freeman of Manassas, Va., and Sydney Brackemyre of Cincinnati, Ohio. With the forward positions locked up for the next couple of years, look for Louisville to focus heavily on adding true post play and a point guard with their remaining scholarships. Jatarie White of Charlotte, N.C., Dekeiya Cohen of Charleston, S.C., and Gabby Green of Oakland, Calif., are players Louisville may still be looking to add to their 2014 class.

Wilmington Article on Syd’s Verbal

IMG_0462Our local newspaper, the Wilmington News-Journal, does a good job reporting on local sports activities. They have been especially generous in their reporting on Sydney as both a player and as she has gone through the college process.

The following is the article that was published today in the Wilmington News-Journal. I like the fact that they talked about her faith along with everything else. You can read the article on the News-Journal website.

MARK HUBER

mhuber@civitasmedia.com

In the end, the University of Louisville had everything Sydney Brackemyre wanted in a college. So earlier this month, the Clinton-Massie junior gave a verbal commitment to the U of L women’s basketball program.

“In the end I chose Louisville because of its all-around fit,” Brackemyre said. “In the beginning of this process I had five keys I was looking for in a college …. opportunities to build my faith, academics, location, competitive athletics and relations with staff.”

Brackemyre, who plans to major in kinesiology, picked Louisville over Dayton and Michigan.

Brackemyre said all schools in contention were aware of her injury, a season-ending knee injury at the Pepsi Holiday Classic in December.

“My knee injury didn’t play any part in my decision,” she said. “None of the schools I was looking at lost interest because of my injury. I have been very honest with them about my injury and my rehab.”

Brackemyre recently put away the crutches and is hitting “rehab hard,” she said.

“As soon as my surgeon gives me the green light, I will get into Prasco with my trainer, Dante Harlan, and start working on my game,” she said. “I am hoping to get back in time to play AAU with the Cincinnati Angels for part of the season in July, but I am not rushing anything and won’t get on the court until my doctor, coaches and I think I’m ready.”

The Lady Cardinals were ranked No.12 in the nation in the latest poll and will be moving from the Big East Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“The Cardinals are very competitive athletically,” said Brackemyre. “I love that they are going to the ACC next year and I think that is a great conference. I love coach (Jeff) Walz’s style of play and the way he draws the mis-match and pushes the tempo. He has a great history of success, so I wanted to go to a program that has established itself as a team to beat.”

Brackemyre said Louisville’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program was instrumental in her decision.

“I went on an overnight visit there in December and had the opportunity to attend one of their meetings,” she said. “Over 200 University of Louisville athletes participate, which is huge. My parents and I met with Chris Morgan, the director, and really believe I will fit in well there. I also think I will be able to plug-in to Southeast Christian Church, a mega-church in Louisville, and work with their college aged group. Southeast has a great ministry, as well.”