The early signing period opened Wednesday for student-athletes. Ingelmoor HS star Deja Strother made her verbal commitment official, signing a national letter of intent to play for Washington. Strother is a 6-5 post player, ranked as the No. 35 overall by Prospects Nation. She is also the No. 49 prospect by All-Star Girls Basketball Report. She…More
According to multiple reports, Idaho star Destiny Slocum gave a verbal commitment to Washington on Monday. Under NCAA rules, UW can’t confirm any reports. ESPNW has the 5-foot-7 PG ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2016 class. Slocum’s a Mountain View (Meridian, Idaho) junior who also considered…More
In two years, Washington coach Kevin McGuff has experienced success that the program hasn’t seen in decades. No wonder his contract was extended through 2020. Terms of the deal were not immediately released.
McGuff, whose team’s season ended Sunday with a second round loss in the WNIT, had back-to-back 20-wins seasons — a first for Washington since the 1990s. He also recruited the program’s first McDonald’s All-Americans in F Katie Collier and PG Kelsey Plum. Collier didn’t play this season, however, due to a knee injury while Plum was also selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American.
McGuff replaced Tia Jackson in April 2011, after the latter dragged the school through four consecutive losing seasons — a first for UW. He originally signed a five-year contract worth $475,000 annually plus incentives. It makes McGuff the highest-paid coach in UW women’s basketball history. He’s also the program’s first male coach.
Jackson did recruit some eventual star players in PG Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year in 2012. She’s just the second in UW program history to receive the honor. Jackson also recruited underclassmen forwards Talia Walton and Aminah Williams and senior Jeneva Anderson.
But the culture this season was vastly different than under Jackson. The current players that remained through the change from June Daugherty to Jackson in 2007 didn’t have any ill-will, but often admitted McGuff was more casual than Jackson. Senior G Kristi Kingma said the 2012-13 season was her favorite of the five years she spent in the program.More
Calling Washington signee Kelsey Plum about an honor is kind of boring. All she wants to hear about from the UW coaching staff is what she should be doing in order to be ready for her freshman season in 2013-14.
“I like a player like that,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said.
Whether Plum, a PG from California, wants to talk about it or not, she was named to her second All-American team on Thursday. She’ll represent the West in McDonald’s marquee game April 3 in Chicago. Plum is the second UW recruit to be named a McDonald’s All-American, post Katie Collier being the program’s first last year. Collier is out due to a season-ending knee injury, which could mean the pair play together for four years in Huskies purple.
Plum is one of three Pac-12 players named to the team of 24. Stanford signees Erica McCall and Kailee Johnson, both forwards, will also play for the West.
Plum was named a WBCA All-American earlier this month. She’s expected to play in the high school game at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans on April 6.More
Here’s a fun one. I believe it’s the only time a woman’s sport in Seattle is the overwhelming favorite in our unscientific polls. Vote below. Be sure to also read our latest journal entry on Washington post Katie Collier, who’s working her way back from a season-ending knee injury. In other news, UW…More
Washington coach Kevin McGuff is still attracting guards in announcing his trio of players who signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday. Yet, with All-American post Katie Collier (6-feet-3) expected to return from injury and G Kristi Kingma graduating, there’s height coming and room for backcourt depth.
Plus, who knows what will happen injury-wise the way this team is going this year.
California PG Brianna Ruiz tweeted her excitement Wednesday afternoon. She’s a 5-10 senior at Del Oro HS in Roseville, Calif.
Californian Kelsey Plum is regarded as McGuff’s best recruit. She’s a left-handed, 5-9 PG from La Jolla Country Day School. It’s the same program that helped hone Minnesota Lynx G Candice Wiggins (Stanford). Plum also played on Wiggins’ sponsored AAU team.
During the WNBA playoffs, Wiggins said she was trying to get Plum to sign with her alma mater. The players know each other, Wiggins not knowing the decision was made when we spoke in October.More
Former Hazen High PG Airashay Rogers will not be enrolling at Washington this season because she didn’t academically qualify. The school confirmed her status.
Rogers is signed to play at Bellevue College this season on a scholarship. BC has four-year programs, but is a two-year accredited school athletically. If Rogers raises her GPA, she can transfer back to UW.
Bulldogs coach Brent Hermanson said initially Rogers was upset at not attending UW this season, but has perked up about her possibilities during the past two weeks of getting her enrolled at BC. She’s one of 11 in-coming recruits and definitely the top prospect.
“It’s not very often that we get a Division I (player), especially Pac-12 caliber athlete in our conference,” said Hermanson, whose team competes in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. “Clearly she’s going to play a huge role for us, particularly since she’s a point guard. Hopefully she’ll help lead the team. She’s a tremendous athlete and we feel very fortunate to have her.
“We’re working with her to make sure she gets everything transferred over from UW. And we’ll help her make sure she gets back there, if that’s what she chooses…The Division I dream is still alive.”