Mary Taylor Cowles comments on Jalynn McClain

The WKU women’s basketball team finally got Jeffersonville (Ind.) senior forward Jalynn McClain’s paperwork late last night.

I spoke with coach Mary Taylor Cowles about McClain, who averaged 15.6 points and six rebounds as a junior.

“Jalynn is very strong with her body size,” Cowles said. “I think she’ll be an ideal (power forward) for us in this league. She’s played in a great system and has seen great competition. She’s a strong rebounder and physical in the paint.”

McClain tore her ACL in July, just after committing to WKU in late June. But the Lady Toppers never backed off of their offer, and Cowles said she thinks it’s special that McClain will have some to talk to about her recovery.

WKU’s other signee, Green County senior guard Micah Jones, missed her junior season with a torn ACL.

“We felt like both girls were very committed to getting back on the floor,” Cowles said. “It happened early enough in their careers that we’ll get to see them back on the floor. They have each other, and I think it’s good that they’ll have someone to talk to. But I expect both of them back on the court this year, recharged and ready to go.”

I confirmed with Cowles last night that the Lady Toppers now have four open scholarships for next season. She said recruiting will remain ongoing for the 2012 class.

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