Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VCU, JMU and NSU collect verbals

VCU's big recruiting haul got a little bigger, James Madison continued to solidify its future, and Norfolk State got on the incoming player board in this latest batch of verbal commitments.

 According to All-Star Girls Report and her own Twitter page, Monnazjea Finney-Smith of Portsmouth's Wilson High and Boo Williams AAU squad, has become the fourth player to pledge to VCU for 2013 (Click here for more on VCU's class and all the other verbal commitments to date). A 6-1 shooting guard, Finney-Smith is also the fourth member of the Fabulous Finney basketball family in line for a Division I scholarship. Her brother, Ben, starred at Old Dominion; another brother, Dorian, played for Virginia Tech last season before transferring to Florida, and sister Sha-kiyla made the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic team last season as a sophomore at Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Finney Smith averaged 16.5 points at Wilson last season and was a second-team All-Eastern Region pick. Check out this You Tube video on her from Wilson coach Roger Smith.

Meanwhile, JMU lined up a 2014 commitment from 6-0 forward Carley Brew of Wilson High (Pa.) and the Philadelphia Belles AAU team. Brew becomes the second high school junior to decide on the Dukes, joining guard Chania Ray, who now plays at Riverdale Baptist (Md.). By the way, a week ago we mentioned we didn't know much about Ray. Thanks to an interested observer, we now know a ton. Look for more about Chania in an upcoming post.

Finally, Norfolk State got a thumbs-up from Logan Powell, a 6-0 forward from Marion County High in Kentucky. Powell was a strong rebounder and key contributor for a loaded high school team that went 34-5 last season. The squad includes Top-100 prospects Kyvin Goodin-Rodgers and Makayla Epps, both of whom decommitted from Louisville and pledged to Kentucky.

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