Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hoops notes (VT, UVa., VCU, JMU)

VIRGINIA: Former Virginia signee Bria Smith revealed on Twitter that she will announce her new college choice on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Within minutes of the tweet, Smith's timeline became filled with "Please come to our school!" postings. We suspect the avalanche of pleas is fine by Smith, a McDonald's All-American and consensus national Top-10 recruit who seems to be reveling in the attention that comes with being the last major recruit on the market. Smith has been coy about her decision so far, but has visited Tennessee and Louisville since obtaining her release from the Cavaliers in the wake of Debbie Ryan's resignation. According to reports, Oklahoma is also in the picture.

VIRGINIA TECH: Fomer Virginia Tech director of basketball operations Jill Jameson has accepted a similar position at Wisconsin. The move reunites Jameson with new Badgers head coach Bobbie Kelsey, a former assistant at Tech. Both came to the Hokies in 2004; Kelsey left after three seasons to become an assistant at Stanford.

VCU: The Rams dipped into the junior college ranks and added a fifth incoming recruit last week by signing Carleeda Green, a 5-7 combo guard from Chipola College (Fla.). A Washington D.C. native, Green averaged 11.3 points in helping Chipola to a 19-11 record last season. She will have two seasons of eligibility with the Rams.

As reported a couple of weeks ago, Rams star Courtney Hurt is one of 35 players to have accepted invitations to the World University Games trials May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hurt will be vying for a spot on the 12-player team that will represent the U.S. in the international competition Aug. 14-21 in Shenzhen, China. Also at the trials: Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk) and Maryland's Lynetta Kizer (Woodbridge).

JMU: Former Robert E. Lee High star Kristine Mial, who spent a year at JMU before transferring to Frederick Community College, has signed with East Carolina. A 5-9 forward, Mial missed the entire 2009-10 season at JMU with a knee injury. But she had a dominant 2010-11 campaign at the juco level, averaging 21.3 ppg and earning NJCAA Division II second-team All-America honors while helping FCC to a 25-6 record.

HAMPTON: All-American point guard Jericka Jenkins was named Hampton University's Female Student-Athlete of the Year after directing the Lady Pirates to a second straight MEAC tournament title and the NCAA Tournament. The junior led the Lady Pirates in scoring (13.4 ppg) and ranked second nationally in assists (7.3) and assist-turnover ratio (3.0).

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