Give The Ladies Pens

By Jeff Lippman - November 14, 2007

As gets all hot and bothered over National Signing Day for men's basketball, She's On Fire would like to take a moment to focus on the ladies who will be signing on the dotted line on this Wednesday, Nov. 14.

UConn's Maya Moore, Duke's Jasmine and Krystal Thomas and Stanford's Kayla Pedersen have only played two collegiate games at the most and already we're talking about who they'll make room for in their sophomore seasons.

Few teams have already sent out their releases for who committed to their programs like North Carolina, who got four commitments from Laura Broomfield, Chay Shegog, She'la White and Candace Wood, and Oklahoma, who signed two, Whitney Hand and Jasmine Hartman.

For Carolina, Shegog ranks No. 22 on Hoopgurlz rankings for the Class of 2009, White is No. 45 and Wood is No. 49. For the Sooners, only Hand ranks within the top 50 (No. 38).

Among those who it is yet to be announced of their signing, the top-ranked recruits list is just a mirror image of the AP Top 5. Here is an update on where the Top 10 prep stars are planning on getting their college educations.

No. 1: Elena Delle Donne - 6-foot-4 G/F- Connecticut
No. 2: April Sykes - 5-foot-11 G - Rutgers
No. 3: Glory Johnson - 6-foot-3 F - Tennessee
No. 4: Amber Gray - 6-foot-1 G/F - Tennessee
No. 5: Lynetta Kizer - 6-foot-3 F/C - Maryland
No. 6: Nneka Ogwumike - 6-foot-2 F - Undecided
No. 7: Cierra Bravard - 6-foot-4 C - Florida State
No. 8: Shekinna Stricklen - 6-foot-2 G/F - Tennessee
No. 9: Brooklyn Pope - 6-foot-2 G/F - Rutgers
No. 10: Caroline Doty - 5-foot-10 G - Connecticut

That is three new Lady Vols all among the Top 10, is there any question as to who the dominant women's program is and always will be? I don't think so.

Rutgers nailed down two inside the Top 10, but were outdone by Big East rival Connecticut, who signed the gem of the class - The Huskies have won the past two Big East Freshman of the Year awards (Renee Montgomery, Tina Charles), should win this year's (Maya Moore) and next year's as well (Delle Donne).

So among the Top 10 players, the AP's No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 teams are all going to get a lot better next season. But where are No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Stanford? And where is Duke's new players?

Well, that's easy for LSU. The Tigers landed No. 12 (LaSondra Barrett), 14 (Ayana Dunning) and 17 (Destini Hughes).

Stanford, however, is a different story. As of yet, the Cardinal have only secured one commitment from inside the Top 50 - No. 37 Sarah Boothe, a 6-foot-5 center from Illinois. Stanford is also in the running for the No. 6-rated player Ogwumike.

And Duke's Joanne P. McCallie didn't get anyone inside the Top 10, but did secure No. 13 (Shay Selby) and No. 21 (Kathleen Scheer).

The team with the most commitments inside the Top 50? That's a tie at five players going to Tennessee and Rutgers. But while the Scarlet Knights have five players ranked within the Top 50, the Lady Vols have five that all rank within the Top 20. It seems Pat Summitt doesn't waste her time with the riffraff below the best 20 in the nation.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 01:47 PM on November 14, 2007

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