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McBryde 20th in latest ESPN Class of 2015 Super 60 rankings
According to the most recent ESPN Super 60 rankings, the state of Indiana has an outstanding class coming up in 2015. Topping the list at no. 20 nationally is Purdue commit Dominique McBryde. The state of Indiana also has South Bend Washington's Tiara Murphy at no. 24, Indianapolis Pike forward Brittany Ward at no. 26, Merillville forward Victoria Gaines at no. 31, Columbus point guard and Notre Dame commit Ali Patberg at no. 34, and Canterbury point guard Darby Maggard ranked no. 50. The rankings were prepared by Dan Olson who operates the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. While this is only the opinion of one scouting service, off the top of my head I cannot remember when the state has had so many top 50 players in one class.
Purdue involvement with the ESPN Super 60 extends beyond the state border. Also currently known to be getting interest from the staff are no. 7 Napheesa Collier, no. 9 Teniya Page, and no. 33 Arike Ogunbowale.
Other B1G programs with ranked commitments include Nebraska's Jessica Shepard, who rocketed up to no. 5 in the rankings, and Rutgers guard Aliyah Jeune at 18.
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This and that
Maci Morris, a 2015 shooter mentioned getting Purdue attention, committed to Kentucky during a home visit on Wednesday ... Darby Maggard plans to visit Purdue, George Washington and Princeton this fall ... Purdue was seen scouting 2015 Texas swing player with point skills Brooke Alexander last week ... Coach Versyp and Coach Morgan were sitting in the living room of Bree Horrocks on Monday for a home visit ... Purdue will host two 2014 out of state prospects for official visits over the October 11-13 weekend according to Mike Carmin of the J&C.
Big Ten Recruiting
Nebraska dipped twice into the same California club team to get a commitment from 6'2 center Darrien Washington. Nebraska gained a commitment from her teammate Natalie Romeo this summer, and Romeo talked Washington into visiting Lincoln. Washington chose Nebraska over offers from USC, Utah and New Mexico. She averaged 16.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.9 blocks as a junior.
Michigan gets commitment number four for the class of 2014 with 6'1 forward Emoni Jackson of Pasadena, CA. Ranked No. 85 by All Star Girls Report, she chose Michigan over attention from UCLA and Penn Stae during an official visit to Ann Arbor. Michigan is attempting to pull a Nebraska-like double-dip from the same California high school team, as the Wolverines are also recruiting Poly's Arica Carter. Carter just got back from a visit from Arizona State, and is also considering Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio State.
Maryland gained a commitment from class of 2015 6'3 post Brianna Fraser of Brooklyn, NY. Fraser averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a sophomore, and is ranked 38th by Prospects Nation.
READ MORE: Big Ten Recruiting: Commitments