Jeff Walz Hits Recruiting Trail

A timely update on Lady Cards’ basketball from Sonja:

Fresh off his rookie NCAA coaching debut, U of L women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz isn’t spending much time practicing his short golf game or cruising Bass Pro Shops for the latest lures. He has gotten his foot in the door on some out-of-this-world recruits for the Lady Cards, and landed the probable front runner for 2009 Kentucky high school female player of the tear. Let’s look at the prospects:

Ashley Rainey is a 6-foot-2 junior player out of Warren East High School. She recently committed to join the Cards in 2009 and was considered one of the top juniors in Kentucky High School girls basketball. She averaged 27.8 points per game and 10.9 boards her junior year. She’s comfortable inside or out with the ball and is a great fit for Walz’s helter-skelter, all-court style of hoops. Welcome aboard, Ashley!

Joy Burke, a 6-foot-5 junior from Tempe, AZ has listed Louisville has one of the many schools she is interested in, but is still wide open in her recruiting process according to her summer AAU coach Kenny Drake. She’d be a great replacement for Tise Wright, and give the Cards the needed height they’ve lacked. There are a ton of schools interested in her, and you can read more about her at

Blanche Alverson is a 6-foot-3 wing player out of Buford, GA. She was very impressed with her contact with Walz and the Cards, and would be a great addition to the team. According to her high school coach Gene Durden, she can score, rebound, defend and is probably underrated as a passer. One of Georgia’s best, Blanche play in the very competitive 6A division of Georgia High School Girls basketball.

Looks like Walz is getting some very good contacts and looks from some of the area’s best, and it’ll be nice to see some depth on that bench in upcoming years. Good work, Jeff. Keep ’em coming!

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.