2023-24 Recruiting Report: As of June 27, 2022
by dillon77 (2018-04-17 20:06:36)
Edited on 2022-06-27 09:10:55

Late Spring Greetings, Benchers:

Welcome to a mid-May 2022 edition of the 2023-24 ND Women’s Basketball Recruiting Update, which concentrates on the Irish class that will suit up in Fall 2023.

WHAT NCAA RECRUITING PERIOD IS IN PLACE? WHAT CAN/CAN'T HAPPEN?

Quiet and Evaluation Periods dominate the rest of spring and early summer.

Quiet Period: it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the member institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.

Q Periods: April 20-July 6 (save for below), July 25-31.

Evaluation Period: it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designated to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period. Quiet period activities are also allowable.

EV Periods: July 6-12, July 21-25


PERSONNEL OVERVIEW
(Chart by BabaGhanouj)




- Stating the obvious, ND has a lot of room for players. ND should be ok with starters: Maddy, Olivia, Sonia, KK and Nat (assuming/hoping recovery from latest knee injury) with one '23 commit (Emma) in reserve, but needs players as subs and to get more time in '24.

With that in mind, let's examine the recruiting state-of-play and activity, position by position.

FORWARDS/POSTS

Context
- In 2023, the Irish will have the following returning posts and forwards: Maddy Westbeld, Nat Marshall and Kylee Watson. ND needs to go after forward and post depth, via the incoming frosh route and/or the transfer portal.


2023 Posts/Forwards To Keep Track Of:

- Aalyah Del Rosario (Olson #3 and #8 in latest HG, #10 in ASGR) 6'5" Post from Trenton Catholic HS. NJ. Playing in Nashville this year. Very large with obvious potential. Move south has exposed her to multiple southern schools, most notably South Carolina.
- Cassandre Prosper (#11 in HG), 6'2" forward from Quebec who attends Cairine Wilson Secondary School in Ottowa, Canada and also plays for Capital Courts Academy in nearby Orleans. She led the Canadian team in scoring and rebounding in the recent u-16 tourney, being named to all-tournament team Niele visited Canada to see her in Nov. 2021.
- Maddie Cox (Olson #21, #92 HG, #44 ASGR) 6'3" forward from Flower Mound, Texas. Yes, the sister of Lauren Cox. ND was one of Lauren Cox's finalists and Maddie & her family took an OV to ND. The Cox family posted a picture of the them on-campus in late June 2021.
- Mary Ashley Groot (#65 HG, Prospects Nation Elite 150), 6'2" Forward from Dalton School in Manhattan who helped make them into a private school powerhouse. Follows/followed on social media. Adept scorer with inside and mid-range game. Invited to U.S.A. Nat'l. Team tryouts.

Class of 2023 Forwards Who Will Be Going Elsewhere

- Ciera Toomey (HG #4, #8 ASGR), a 6'4" forward/center from Dunmore HS, Pa. ND offered her in July 2021. Good basics around the hoop. Chose her Final 8 in Oct. '21 and ND was not among them. COMMITTED TO NORTH CAROLINA.
- Breya Cunningham (HG #10, ASGR #3) 6'3" Power Forward from La Jolla Country Day, CA, who named ND as one of her initial finalists. Played on 2021 Nat'l. EYBL Champions Cal Stars. Named 5 finalists in May 2022: ND not one of five. In late June '22, COMMITTED TO ARIZONA.
- Montaya Dew, (#9 HG, #31 ASGR) 6'2" forward from Centennial HS in Las Vegas, NV. Forward who has worked on outside shooting and ball handling to become more of a "point forward" who can still rebound. Listed ND as one of 12 schools she had interest in but COMMITTED to ARIZONA on Dec. 23, 2021.
- Amanda Muse (#38 HG, #30 ASGR) 6'4" Post from Brentwood, CA, and Heritage HS who also plays EYBL ball for the Cal Stars (with Breya Cunningham). In mid-Oct. '21, named ND one of her finalists with Duke, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington. In late May 2022, COMMITTED TO UCLA.

Class of 2024

- Blanca Thomas (HG #10, ASGR #3, Blue Star #10), a 6'5" center from Charlotte, N.C. Catholic HS, who recently received an offer from ND. Many offers from Carolina, regional schools. Interest from Stanford, Michigan, as well.
- Toby Fournier (HG #15, Blue Star #49), 6'2" forward from Toronto who plays for Crestwood Prep. Gets press for her ability to dunk, but is adept, well-rounded forward who plays for Kia Nurse-sponsored AAU team.
- Katie Koval (HG #20) 6'5" Post from the Ukraine who is playing for Long Island Lutheran. Came to U.S. in Sept. 2021 and grabbed peoples' attention during initial HS season. Classic back-to-basket post, but has good spot-up jumper. Very tall ceiling.
- Kennedy Umeh (Blue Star #7, #27 in HG, #15 ASGR), 6'3" post/forward from McDonough H.S. Eagles (Maryland), lists herself with the Philadelphia Rise (formerly the Philly Belles). Took unofficial visit to ND in Oct. '21.

Class of 2025

- Kira Reynolds, (HG #11) South Bend Washington, Indiana. The 6'3" freshman — and younger sister of Mila and Amiyah Reynolds — already holds offers from Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan State, Pitt, Purdue, Ohio State and West Virginia. Both sisters are committed to Maryland, so a hat trick may be in order. Reynolds, who is most certainly a forward, is thought to have a high ceiling. Member of Blue Star 30, much like Emma Risch.


GUARD/WING


Class of 2023 Guard Prospects:

- Jadyn Donovan (#3 HG, #12 ASGR), 6'0" guard/wing from Upper Marlboro, MD, who played on 2021 USA Women's U16 Team and attends Sidwell Friends, one of top HS programs in the U.S. She has named ND as one of her finalists, along with FSU, UMD, UNC, and U of Tenn. Visited ND during Purdue game weekend in mid-Sept. 2021.
- Cori Allen (#93 in HG; #23 ASGR). 5'10" Hillsboro, TN, playing for TriFlight in AAU. Playing senior year of HS at Montverde Academy (Fl).ND offered Allen in late April 2020. Dan Olson's write-up from '19: "Athletic guard handles & attacks in transition game; drives, finishes plays through contact and traffic; mid-range game creator, elevates over defenders in the key; 3-point game threat." Reminds more than a few people of Kayla McBride.
- Jasmine Brown (#48 HG, NR ASGR), a 5'8" guard from Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill) who was offered in July 2021.
- Emma Risch, (#64 HG, #44 ASGR) a 6'2" guard/forward from Palm Bay HS in Fla., who plays for East Coast United. Also a member of Blue Star 30. Long-range shooter who can hit just about any kind of jump shot.
ND got into mix in summer of '21. She and family visited ND during Cincy weekend. On Nov. 14, COMMITTED TO ND.

Class of 2023 Prospects Who Will Be Going Elsewhere:
- Ashlynn Shade (#6 in HG, #9 ASGR), 5'11", Noblesville, IN. Received offer from ND in mid-April 2021. Coached by Danny Riego of Indy GymRats, who compares her favorably to past players Jackie Young & Sydney Parrish. ND was in final 8, along with UConn, Tennessee, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Louisville, and UNC. As of early January 2022, COMMITTED TO UCONN.
- Madison Booker (#15 HG, #4 ASGR), a 6'1" wing from Germantown HS in Madison, Mississippi, was offered in July 2021. Member of U.S.A. U-16 Nat'l. Team in 2021. As of mid-Sept. '21, ND NOT on top 9. Mostly southern schools, save Oregon & UConn.
- Taliah Scott (#13 HG, #11 ASGR), a 5'9" shooting guard from Orange Park, Fl, who was offered in July 2021. As of September 2021, COMMITTED TO ARKANSAS.
- Sofia Bell, (#34 in HG), a 6'1" wing from Portland Oregon, who had listed ND among her final eight schools. ND was the only non-West Coast school on that list. As of Nov. '21, COMMITTED TO OREGON.
- Amiyah Reynolds, (#25 in Hoopgurlz, #29 in ASGR), 6'0" guard from Washington, H.S.in South Bend. Next up in the Reynolds family. Pictured with ND staff on campus in June. As of Nov. 5, COMMITTED TO MARYLAND.

Class of 2024:

- Olivia Olson, (#3 HG, #2 ASGR, #55 Blue Star) 6'1" wing from New Hope, MN and attends Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St Louis Park, Minnesota. Olson was a starter for the U.S.A. u16 National Team in 2021, averaging double figures in scoring. Has taken two unofficial visits to Notre Dame in early Sept. 2021 and late February 2022 (Louisville game).
- Kendall Dudley, (#4 HG, #5 ASGR, #1 Blue Star) 6'1" wing from Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C., one of the top HS teams in the U.S. Plays with 2023 prospect Jadyn Donovan at Sidwell and with the Maryland Belles. Member of U.S.A. u16 Nat'l. Team in '21. Visited ND at Purdue game.
- Mikayla Blakes (#16 Hoopgurlz, #9 Blue Star, NR ASGR), 6'0" guard out of Rutgers Prep H.S., NJ. Rated very highly in 2021 Wooten 150. Plays for a top prep program in Garden State. Received offer from ND in early October 2021.
- Allie Ziebell (#13 HG, #30 Blue Star), a 5'11" guard from Neenah, Wisconsin, who was named one of the most improved prospects in a recent ESPNw article.
"Ziebell uses the shot fake well, can put the ball on the deck and hit the pull-up jumper. She keeps the game simple and knows her strengths. She has a quiet poise about her that sets the tone for her team." M. Mabrey follows Ziebell on twitter and Ziebell follows MM & Niele Ivey.
- Chloe Spreen (#24 Blue Star, #NR in Hoopgurlz #2024 list.), a 5'9" guard who plays for Bedford North Lawrence HS, Ind. and the Nike LadyGymRats. She has the #1 Ranking for Indiana Class of 2024 players by Prep Girls Hoops; and, was chosen as a standout in her class at the BlueStar30's camp. According to PN's Brandon Clay, ND is tracking Spreen "very closely."

Class of 2025

- Darianna Alexander (#2 HG, #4 ASGR, too early for PN, Blue Star), a 6'0" guard who plays for Purcell Marian H.S. in Cincinnati, Ohio and the West Virginia Thunder in AAU Ball. She's coached by former ND player Mychal Johnson's dad in AAU.

- ZaKiyah Johnson (#4 HG), a 6'0" guard for Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, KY, who also plays up (by two years) the U-17 Kentucky Premier AAU team. Was named Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year after her freshman year, in which she averaged 17.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game. In late May 2022, received an offer from ND and looked forward to "learning more about" ND.

- Adelaide Jernigan, (HG NR) 5'10" guard who plays for Bishop McGuinness HS Lady Raiders and Winston-Salem Stealers AAU Team. Lefty who leads team in scoring as a freshman. Coaches Michaela Mabrey and Coquese Washington observed a practice during trip to Wake Forest. Jernigan has visited Clemson.

POINT GUARDS
Context:

In the fall of 2023, ND will have one specific point guard, Olivia Miles. Alasia Hayes was expected to be the back-up/share time, but she left for Mississippi State. It looks like Niele is planning to recruit another PG in 2023 (see prospects below). Grad transfer Jenna Brown is aboard at PG for the 2022-23 season.


Class of 2023

- Hannah Hidalgo (#5 HG, #19 ASGR), 5'8" PG from Paul VI High School from Haddonfield HS in southern NJ. Also plays for Philly Rise. Got an ND offer in July 2021. Fast point guard that likes to play "downhill" in full-court game. Has very high arc on outside jumper. Says she'd most like to play college ball with Jadyn Donovan.
- Kymorea "Mo" Johnson (#30 HG, #42 ASGR, Elite 150 Prospects Nation), a 5'8" guard who plays for St. Anne's-Belfield HS in central Virginia and the West Virginia Thunder AAU team. She's coached by ND alum Mychal Johnson's father. Johnson was named the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year for leading the Saints to a 19-1 record and a berth in the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division I state tournament semifinals. Johnson averaged 21.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 4.5 steals per game.

2023 Prospects Who Will Be Going Elsewhere

- Kamorea Arnold (#15 Dan Olson, #7 HG) 5'9" lead guard from Germantown HS in Wisconsin, who plays AAU Ball for Midwest Elite EYBL. Received offer from ND in early August 2020. Led HS to Wisc. State Title in 2021. Member of U.S.A. u16 Nat't. Team in 2021. Visited ND with parents on Labor Day weekend. On Nov. 22, COMMITTED TO UCONN.
- Jada Williams (#7 Dan Olson, #20 Hoopgurlz), 5'6" point guard from Blue Springs, Mo., who was offered by ND in mid-July 2020. As of March 29, 2021, COMMITTED TO UCLA.
- Zoe Brooks (#33 HG, @24 ASGR, #19 Blue Star, Prospects Nation Elite 150) 5'10" combo guard who can certainly function as lead guard. Plays on New Jersey Tournament of Champions St. John Vianney and Philly Rise EYBL. Previously played for Trenton Catholic with Aalyah Del Rosario. Well built, physical guard who can reach the lane under control, get shot off and draw fouls, while keeping head up and distributing. Plays on Philly Rise with Hannah Hidalgo & Kennedy Umeh, so Niele & Michaela will see her. On June 9, committed to NC STATE.
- Lisa Thompson (#54 HG, #38 ASGR) 5'7" lead guard from Joliet, Ill., who has played on two state championships for Joliet West HS. Visited ND in late June 2021 and came away with an offer. In late May, announced a list of six finalists, not including Notre Dame: Boston College, DePaul, Florida State University, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and NC State

Regarding This Information

As most Benchers know:
- We rely on input from Benchers, publications, blogs and outside information; even posters from other sites. We try to verify claims, so it does not become a rumor board
- We include up-to-date ratings of Hoopgurlz, ASGR, Dan Olson & Prospects Nation. These ratings are not the defining input on a prospect by any means, but can offer context relative to other prospects if a reader is not familiar with that player’s game.
- Same goes for recent developments and heights. We tend to use national team listings and/or informed local descriptions.
- Please take in posts/insights/links/research by Orangutan, Fighting Artichoke, MPG, Domerduck, RI Steve, Cbiebel, NDoggie78, No Right Turn on Red, JBC_MO and others who scour the internet for more information/tape. Any and all information is appreciated.

- ND Hoops Recruits
@NDHoopsRecruits

- Twitter: Who's Following Whom Between Coaches & Prospects.
The following 2023 and 2024 prospects are being followed on twitter by Niele Ivey (NI), Michaela Mabrey (MM), Carol Owens (CO) and/or Coquese Washington (CW).

Class of 2023
- Breya Cunningham: NI
- Cori Allen: MM, NI
- Jadyn Donovan: MM (on Instagram)
- Jasmine Brown: MM, NI
- Hannah Hidalgo: MM, NI

Class of 2024
- Olivia Olson: NI, MM, CO
- Kendall Dudley: MM
- Chloe Spreen: MM
- Allie Ziebell: MM

Lastly, here are some recruiting sites that have prospect reviews and/or ratings. These are all free, so use these addresses to bookmark 'em. Thanks to Baba:

https://www.bluestarbb.com
https://prospectsnation.com
https://asgrbasketball.com/?v=f24485ae434a#
https://www.prepgirlshoops.com/2022-rankings/
https://jrallstar.com/rankings/?filter=National,2022






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