Jeff Walz has done it again, Louisville.
Say hello to Sara Hammond, another of America’s top women basketball players.
Widely considered the No. 1 player in Kentucky high school basketball, Hammond will play for the U of L women’s basketball team, selecting the Lady Cards despite an all-out rush over the last week from UConn, the two-time defending national champion. Other suitors included Notre Dame, LSU, West Virginia, and UCLA.
Hammond made her commitment Tuesday at a news conference attended by family, friends and fellow students at Rockcastle County High in Mt. Vernon. She had visited U of L during the opening football game,Â saying later she had strong vibes with her potential teammates and was blown away by the new arena.
She told the Courier-Journal: “Passing up UConn was really hard for me. But I had to pick a place where I knew I was going to be happy. I always dreamed of going to UConn and winning national championships. But I had to go where I felt wanted and that was Louisville.”
Sara is ranked 12th in ESPN’s 2011 recruiting class, receiving a 95% rating, meaning she “has the potential to significantly contribute as a freshman for most national programs and should make an immediate impact. She could be a three- or four-year starter and have an opportunity for all-league honors.” Per ESPN:
Hammond is a very well-built 6-2 forward with a game that is as refined as we saw out of any player in the Class of 2011 during the event. The Kentucky Premier star has the physicality that allows her to score on the block, but her ability to involve others while on the perimeter is what’s most attractive about the Rockcastle (Ky.) County junior.
Displaying the ability to find cutting teammates with pinpoint precision on her passes, Hammond was more then comfortable away from the basket. She has the ability to shoot and make the 3-point shot with consistency. The lefty plays at a pace that keeps her under control and one step ahead of the competition.
As Walz tweeted Sunday, “Good things are happening in The Ville.”