I’ve finally got a little bit of free time, and what better what to fill it than with some Lady Topper recruiting news, right?
Western Kentucky has officially signed JUCO guard Bianca McGee and Manual senior guard LeAsia Wright, but the Lady Toppers still have two scholarships available.
Coach Michelle Clark-Heard said Wednesday that she won’t sign players just to sign them, but the coaching staff is still in the running for several available players.
It starts with Walters State Community College (Tenn.) rising junior forward Portia Durrett. Durrett graduated from Seneca High School, and her stock rose greatly recently as a sophomore at Walters after she was named a first-team JUCO All-American.
Walters coach Dave Kragel told me Wednesday that Durrett has not yet made a decision. She visited Memphis on Tuesday, Kragel said, and has also visited WKU, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
“She can put it on the floor and score,” Kragel said. “We can put her on the block, and she can score. She was our rebounding leader. She goes to the boards well. She’s been a really good player for us, and as a result, earned herself that All-American honor.
“She’s a fantastic kid, and she’s worked really hard to put herself in this situation because two years ago, no one knew who Portia Durrett was. People are starting to take notice now.”
The other well known WKU target is Perry County Central guard Kendall Noble. The Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling reported last week that Noble was scheduled to make a visit this week to WKU, along with trips to Northwestern and Xavier.
I haven’t been able to reach Noble’s coach, Randy Napier, recently, and Noble has been very patient and “off-the-grid” while making her decision. So we all stay tuned on that one.
Two new recruits in the mix are Johnson County Community College (Kan.) rising junior forward Polly Harrington and Lincoln College Prep (Mo.) guard Brittany Atkins.
Harrington averaged more than 11 points and 6 rebounds per game at JCCC as a sophomore. She played her freshman year at Louisville, where Heard was an assistant at the time.
JCCC coach Ben Conrad told me Thursday that Harrington is planning to visit WKU soon.
I became aware of Atkins on Wednesday, when she tweeted that she was on an official visit to Oklahoma State and planning to visit Kansas State and WKU next week.
Atkins averaged 29.2 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals as a senior. She originally committed to her hometown school Missouri-Kansas City, but reopened her recruitment after the coach’s departure.
Jeff Atkins, Brittany’s father and her coach at Lincoln, told me Thursday that Atkins was planning to visit WKU sometime next week. The date hasn’t been confirmed yet, he said.
That’s where I stand now with tracking updates on the recruits. As updates roll in, I’ll let you all know here and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/zach_greenwell.