...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
ESPN has released its first full top 100 for the 2013 women's basketball recruiting class, which shows that Kim Barnes Arico is making an impressive Michigan debut on the recruiting trail. She's secured two commits from guards so far, and they're both in the top 100: Siera Thompson at #68 and Danielle Williams at #97.
Michigan is also among the three finalists for ESPN's #46-ranked player, Alexandra Harris, a 6-3 center from Lorain, Ohio, who's also considering Louisville and Penn State. Harris will be visiting Michigan on September 8 (after visiting PSU on the 1st) and will make her college choice sometime after making her final visit to Louisville on September 15.
The team could also use a wing in this class, and there's an obvious candidate from Detroit, Antania Hayes, who's ranked #36 by ESPN. I've heard little about her recruiting, however, so I don't know where things stand with her. Barnes Arico has also offered Shayla Cooper, a 6-1 forward from Norcross, Georgia. ESPN has her at #35.
The bottom line is that having two top 100 players in one class is likely unprecedented in the history of the U-M women's hoops program. And Barnes Arico isn't through yet.
Addendum: I meant to note that the two 2013 prospects who had committed under Borseth both decommitted after the coaching change and have now picked new schools. Taylor Gleason is now pledged to Illinois, while Allie Havers accepted an offer from Nebraska.