BB RECRUITING Portal Shopping

My sources say that the Lady Raider's have been looking heavily for a true point guard and/or a 4 (forward) via the portal.

This would confirm my thoughts in a post early last week. Really need a true 1-point guard much like we had with Wheeler. I don't necessarily believe they have to be a 15+ ppg guard either, someone with high ball IQ. This roster is loaded with proven scorers even with the loss of Wheeler and Whitson. In regards to the 4, I do believe they want a skilled ball handler and someone to space the floor (if you can catch my Whitson-like drift). If they could pull someone with size (6'3"+) this team could be a force next March (assuming the roster stays in tact).
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LADY RAIDER BB Blue Raider Podcast dropped

Just listened to Matt & our ladies on the latest podcast. No doubt he feels the upcoming team on paper is better than last year's team. He does acknowledge that's just on paper. Everything depends on how the team comes together, but the feeling is this can be the most talented team in Lady Raiders history.
By the way, a fantastic non conference schedule is in the works. Neutral site games will be coming up against Iowa St, Purdue, & UCLA. Don't forget the rematch against Tennessee in Knoxville will take place. I don't recall if Princeton was discussed, but I believe that was a home & home so that could be another great game if scheduled.
A lot of great comments about Arike & Blakely joining the team, & what they can do.
I'm more excited about what this team capabilities are than even last year's squad. Can't wait to pick up a couple of season tickets this fall!

BB RECRUITING Class of 2025 Board

I like keeping everyone up to date on our most successful program. Per interview with Matt, they're not completely done with recruiting the '25 Class. Here is everything I know (all my rankings are according to Prep Girls Hoops).

Verbal Commits:
  • Carsyn Swaney, 5'11" PG from Heritage HS (Maryville, TN)
    • #15 in TN, avg 21.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg
  • Macie Phifer, 5'11" SF from Ingomar HS (New Albany, MS)
    • #1 in MS, 2024 MS Gatorade Player of the Year, 2023 Class 1A Miss Basketball, 2024 Class 2A Miss Basketball, avg 20.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg
  • Blair Baugus, 6'0" PF from Wayne County HS (Waynesboro, TN)
    • #3 in TN, 2023 Class 1A TN Miss Basketball, avg 17.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.3 spg
  • Lyriq Mastin, 5'6" PG from Blackman HS (Murfreesboro, TN)
    • #12 in TN
    • Most Recent Offers: UT-Martin, Lipscomb

  • Lauren Hurst, 6'3" PF from Cleveland HS (Cleveland, TN)
    • #1 in TN, #31 Nationally, 2024 (Volleyball) TN Gatorade Player of the Year
    • Most Recent Offers: Tennessee (re-offer), Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Kentucky (re-offer)

  • Harmonie Ware, 5'9" SG from Bradley Central HS (Cleveland, TN)
    • #5 in TN
    • Most Recent Offers: Kennesaw State, Southern Miss, FAU, James Madison, Furman

  • Reese Beaty, 5'8" PG from York Institute (Jamestown, TN)
    • #2 in TN, decommited from Clemson, 2024 Class 2A Miss Basketball Finalist
    • Most Recent Offers: West Virginia, TCU, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Arkansas

  • Tatianna Stovall, 6'1" SF from Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN)
    • #6 in TN
    • Most Recent Offers: Rice, UAB, Kennesaw State, Tennessee Tech, Belmont

  • Ciara Byars, 6'2" CG from George Rogers Clark HS (Winchester, KY)
    • #3 in KY, #37 Nationally, coming off knee injury
    • Most Recent Offers: California, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, DePaul, Wake Forest

  • Channah Gannon, 6'3" C from Coffee County HS (Manchester, TN)
    • #19 in TN
    • Most Recent Offers: Stephen F Austin, East Tennessee State, Samford

  • Emily Hunter, 6'8" C from TPLS Christian Academy (Woodlake, VA)
    • #12 in VA
    • Most Recent Offers: Providence, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Longwood, Lafayette

  • Jenna McClendon, 6'4" C from Prattville Christian Academy (Prattville, AL)
    • unranked
    • Most Recent Offers: FIU, Navy
Off the Board:
  • Jaidynn Askins, 6'0" SF from Jackson Southside HS (Jackson, TN)
    • #22 in TN, verbal commit to Murray State
  • Ace Austin, 5'5" PG from Spring Garden HS (Piedmont, AL)
    • #1 in AL, #54 Nationally, 2024 AL Miss Basketball verbal commit to Alabama
  • Olivia Vinson, 5'11" SG from Coffee County HS (Manchester, TN)
    • #31 in TN, verbal commit to Lipscomb
  • Maya Makalusky, 6'3" SF from Hamilton Southeastern HS (Fishers, IN)
    • #3 in IN, #56 Nationally, verbal commit to Indiana
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