2023 Recruiting - WBB

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  1. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    Kierra Merchant

     
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  2. CreakyHorn

    CreakyHorn 250+ Posts

    So, what's the scoop on her? Are we interested?
     
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  3. Moooooo

    Moooooo 5,000+ Posts

    Have no idea. When someone posts on social media that they took an "unofficial" visit, there's somewhat mutual interest. Considering there were players from all different ages/classes at the summer camps, not all of them receive the one-on-one attention from the coaching staff that comes with being on an unofficial visit.

    This is the first time I've heard Kierra Merchant's name; haven't had time to do any research about her position, skills, state/national recruiting rankings, etc.
     
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  4. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

    New offer out to 6’1” W. Madison Booker from Mississippi.


     
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  5. flash34

    flash34 1,000+ Posts

    Booker is ranked number 7 in ESPN HoopGurlz. So is not an unknown.
     
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  6. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    UCONN and Virginia (Tina Thompson) also offered today.
     
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  7. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts


    Whoever is training her is doing one heck of a job. Absolute beautiful shot
     
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    Last edited: Jul 22, 2021
  8. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    Boom…Vic gets his BIG

     
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  9. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Per her Twitter posts sort of felt like she was a pretty strong Longhorn lean. But I am a little surprised she committed this early and that she is not listed in the top 60 of the ESPN Hoopsgurlz Recruiting Rankings! I guess she had her mind made up but most recruits want to enjoy the process and take there official visits on the university dime. With her Texas commitment I’m sure her ranking will vastly improve on the next ESPN update later this year. She sure looks good in the video I’ve seen on her summer league team!
     
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  10. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts

    She has drastically improved over the last year. She can be very good if she works on her mobility and conditioning which I am sure her trainer is working with her on. So much untapped potential and I can't wait to see where she is by her senior year. Great pickup for our first 2023 commit.
     
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  11. CreakyHorn

    CreakyHorn 250+ Posts

    This is a great commit! Now we just have to make sure she doesn't go play in any tournaments down south... :yikes:
     
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  12. UTExinPDX

    UTExinPDX 1,000+ Posts

    ESPN2 showing the Nike EYBL Championships. Cy Fair playing Cal Stars. Chance to see Gisella Maul, Rylee Grays, and Chloe Clardy play. The game is at halftime.
     
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  13. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts

    Did you get a chance to watch the 16u game? It was essence vs Iowa attack?? That pg from Georgia who played on the essence team is the real deal!! Easily a top 3 player in her class. Our staff was at the games so I expect an offer to be sent out soon for her.
     
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  14. UTExinPDX

    UTExinPDX 1,000+ Posts

    I did not see that game.
     
  15. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

     
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  16. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    New 2023 offer, PG Hannah Hidalgo (Haddonfield, NJ - Paul VI HS).

    hannah-hidalgo

     
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  17. flash34

    flash34 1,000+ Posts

    Hidalgo is #40 on ESPNW top 60 players of 2023.
     
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  18. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    I have to ask the question? How many open scholarship spots do we have open for the 2023 class? This makes the assumption we add Littlejohn-Buggs in the 2022 class and we already have Abbie Boutilier committed for the 2023 class. Does that leave one open spot to meet the scholarship limit of 15?
     
  19. racerx5908

    racerx5908 1,000+ Posts

    Lazy way to find out that someone's done an excellent job of tracking is Raoul's:
    Texas Women's Basketball Recruiting | WBB Blog
     
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  20. Zig72

    Zig72 250+ Posts

    Don't get me wrong, if Vic wants her, I want her.

    A trainer can improve someone's conditioning, which is so important to play Vic's brand of BB. But can you improve a 6'9 woman's mobility?

    I hope so, but I fear that "quickness" is in the genes. It makes me wonder if Vic is prepared to play a more traditional half-court defense when Abbie is on the floor. For the vast majority of opponents, Abbie's presence near the basket will compensate, but that may not be the way to go when playing the extremely athletic Top 10 teams.
     
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  21. brnkj

    brnkj 1,000+ Posts

    Word has it (from someone who observed her this summer) that Abbie gets up and down the floor pretty good especially for her size. Where she needs to improve is her footwork and quickness in the half court. That's not uncommon in players going from their first two years of high school into their last two. The transition from sophomore to junior is typically the most profound. She's only about 16 years old at this point. I expect she'll be much improved in those areas by the time she hits the 40 acres. Looking forward to watching her development over the next couple of years, and ultimately suiting up in the burnt orange!
     
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  22. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

    New Offer. Taliah Scott, 5'9" PG from Florida. She has also been offered by Louisville and Notre Dame.




     
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  23. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    #9 on ESPNs rankings.
     
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  24. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson 1,000+ Posts


    Texas makes the top 8 for 2023 6'4 post Breya Cunningham
     
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  25. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

    Big time recruit—#4 on ESPN Hoopgurlz and the #1 Post on the list.
     
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  26. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

    Taliah Scott is off the board as she committed to Arkansas yesterday. Arkansas is putting together the pieces to build a competitive team in the SEC.
     
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  27. brnkj

    brnkj 1,000+ Posts

    Agreed
     
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  28. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    I'm interested in seeing how a very offense-focused coach (Neighbors) fares in the long term against 3 top tier defensive coaches (Vic, Staley and Mulkey).
     
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  29. brnkj

    brnkj 1,000+ Posts

    You're reading my thoughts. It's a "fun" style of play that Neighbors deploys, but on those nights where shots just aren't falling (and that DOES happen) there's no defense to depend on. Subpar defensive development in players also doesn't translate so well at the next level. I'll take Vic's style any day... attacking aggressively on both sides of the ball. I'm anxious to see how our team looks now that the staff has brought in some more natural shooters/scorers.
     
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  30. DFW_Horn

    DFW_Horn 2,500+ Posts

    As we saw when Arkansas fell in the first round to 13-seed Wright State of this last NCAA tourney. The hogs shot 34% from the floor (31.8% from 3).
     
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