Evaluating the 2013 USF WBB recruiting class

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Coach Jose Fernandez, fresh off the program’s second NCAA appearance, has added 8 big time players for the 2013 recruiting class.

Last season was a historic one for the Bulls.  The ladies, under Coach Jose Fernandez, made their second trip to the NCAA tournament and recorded their first win in the dance.  However, the team lost a lot of key players, including the twins, Andrell and Andrea.  Coach Fernandez has reloaded his incoming recruiting class with 8 commits as the Bulls try to get back to dance.

Ariadna Pujol – 6′ – Freshman – Guard – Barcelona, Spain

Pujol was a late addition to the recruiting class, but has the potential to be a big time impact player.  Considered the female version of Manu Ginobli, the left hander has a lean, lanky frame that allows her to play lock down defense.  She has a lot of international experience, bringing a ton of potential to the backcourt for USF.  Look for her to battle for the starting point guard position or possibly a wing position.

Tamara Taylor – 5’10” – Junior – Guard – St. Petersburg, FL (Gulf Coast State College)

Taylor originally signed with USF out of high school, but went two years to Gulf Coast State College.  There, she became one of the top JUCO players in the country, averaging 21 points per game.  The Bulls have had a ton of success over the past few seasons with junior college players, such as Andrell and Andrea Smith.  With the twins gone, Taylor has a chance to step into a starting role day one and instantly be a starting impact player that could lead the team in scoring this season (with Orekhova, should be fun to watch).

Ivana Valetic – 6’3″ – Junior – Center/Forward – Norrkoping, Sweden (Notheast CC)

Valetic played last season at Northeast CC, after miss some time her freshman year with a foot injury.  Valetic is a tall, athletic player that will help contribute down in the post for the Bulls, much like Caitlin Rowe did the past two years.  I look for her to have some start and come off the bench in others and help give the Bulls scoring and rebounding down in the paint.

Kristi Mokube – 6’2″ – Junior – Forward – Folkston, GA (Central HS) (Florida State)

Mokube was rated a 4-star recruit coming out of high school, but never took off at FSU.  In 27 games last season, she averaged 1.2 PPG in 4.6 MPG (10 points was her career high in 13 minutes against Alabama A&M).  Mokube will have to sit out this year due to transfer rules and will be ready for the 2014-2015 season.  She should be a reliable bench player that can give Coach Fernandez a few minutes off the bench when she does he play.

Trimaine McCullough – 5’8″ – Guard – Freshman – Orlando, FL (Edgewater HS)

McCullough is a solid guard that has decent range and can attack the hoop.  She is facing an uphill battle this season with the newcomers in this recruiting and the return of Shalethia Stringfield, who missed all of last season after tearing her ACL before the year started.  McCullough will most likely rotate in off the bench and will have a limited role this season.

Jayla King – 6′ – Forward – Freshman – Pensacola, FL (Pine Forest HS)

King, a Florida product, averaged 17 PPG and 8 RPG last season as a senior, bringing a ton of skill to the forward position.  King has a chance to work her way into the starting lineup, but will most likely come off the bench, behind Alisia Jenkins.  Look for her to get minutes this season and to become a solid post player for the Bulls later in her career.

Katelyn Weber – 6’4″ – Center – Freshman – Little Rock, AR (Hall HS)

Originally signed with Missouri State coming out of high school, Weber (according to Greg Auman) was granted a release from her letter of intent and will be playing in the green and gold this season.  Rated 85 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz, Weber is a tall, lanky player that needs a little work to polish her inside game in the paint.  She should develop into a solid post player, but could take some time to smooth out her moves inside.

Paige Cashin – 6’4″ – Center – Freshman – Newark, OH (Newark HS)

Cashin, rated among the top 150 recruits in the country, averaged 10 PPG and nearly 5 blocks per game her final prep season.  She is a big time inside player that will have a chance to play next to Akila McDonald and should develop into a big time post player for the Bulls.  I would expect her to have limited minutes this season with McDonald getting the starting job at center, but she should be a player either off the bench or when Coach Fernandez wants a big time lineup and utilizes her size.

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