The summer recruiting train has been picking up some speed these last few weeks before the start of the new school year, and two of Indiana's top 2009 players have hopped on that ride, with destinations to Valparaiso and Bloomington.
Connersville point guard Laura Richards has given a verbal to Valparaiso University head coach Keith Freeman. The 5'6 floor leader averaged 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.0 steals per game while leading the Spartans to a 19-3 record under head coach Mike Thompson this past season. That stat line earned her a late spot on the Junior All-Star team in June. After her appearance in the All-Stars series, Richards helped her Eastern Indiana Wolfpack team to a 5th place finish in the AAU Nationals Junior Division Tournament. A multi-sport athlete, Richards also placed third in the high jump at the IHSAA State Track & Field Tournament last May.
This one passed under our radar earlier this summer. Eminence forward Aulani Sinclair (right) has given a verbal to Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack. The 6'1 forward selected the Hoosiers over options at Western Kentucky, Princeton, Ball State and Oakland. As junior, Sinclair averaged 23.8 points, 12.4 rebounds , 3.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from behind the arc. She passed the 1,500-point plateau for the 1A Eels as a junior and will figure to be the central piece of the Eminence offense this upcoming season. Sinclair is the second Indiana prep player to commit to the Hoosiers this summer. Fort Wayne Concordia rising junior Andrea Newbauer committed to IU last month.
BENTON CENTRAL'S GICK BACK OUT ON THE MARKET
Often with a change in coaching staff comes a change in college plans, which is the case with Benton Central's Skylar Gick. The 5'7 combo guard, who had committed to Northwestern last summer, is back out on the open market after Northwestern's staff had a wholesale change in June. A number of mid-majors are grasping at the second chance to gain the services of the Junior All-Star. Included in that mid-major mix are Valparaiso, Butler, Murray State, Xavier and Evansville, among others. Gick missed a good deal of last season with stress fractures in her vertebrae, but managed to log 15.1 points, 3.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals for the Bison as a junior.
JACOBY TO BE HIRED AT CLINTON CENTRAL
According to the Frankfort Times, former Indiana All-Star Jennifer Jacoby will be announced as the new head coach at Clinton Central on Monday. Jacoby comes to the Bulldogs staff after serving as the assistant athletic director at Cathedral and a head coaching stint at Benton Central from 2003 to 2005.
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