Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Virginia gets verbal from elite point guard

Virginia's Joanne Boyle Era is off to a rousing start on the recruiting front. ESPN reports that 5-9 point guard Faith Randolph from Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.), the No. 27 player in ESPN's Top 100 for the Class of 2012, has verbally committed to the Cavaliers.

Randolph joins 5-8 guard Raeshaun Gaffney of Fairfield Senior (Ohio) in Virginia's 2012 class so far. Gaffney committed to the Debbie Ryan-led Cavaliers, then re-affirmed her commitment after meeting with the new staff.

Here's how ESPN's Glenn Nelson evaluated Randolph in April after the Blue Chip Center Court Challenge at VCU: "It's difficult not to fall in love with Randolph as both a player and prospect. She is a lightning-fast, shifty point guard who appears somewhat more diminutive than her listed 5-9, but is cut and powerful, able to take and dish a lick. Off the dribble, she doesn't just rely on mesmerizing defenders with a rapid succession of dribble moves -- hers are quick and to the point -- but is among the best in her class at incorporating head and shoulder feints. If her defender retreats, Randolph will just keep claiming space until she gets to the rim; she is also just as likely to leave that defender in her dust. Her jump shot gets truer as the stakes grow. Her most likeable trait is her competitiveness, her willingness and ability to put her team on her back, generate shots with her defense and make or create them." 

Check out our 2012 verbal commitments page for pledges from all the state's Division I colleges.

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