Sunday, September 16, 2012

Recruiting: Loyola Women Add Needed Inside Play

Here's another in the series looking at players joining conference programs for the upcoming season.

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- BRYANNA ROBINSON (5-foot-9 Guard, Georgetown Day School/Brandywine, Md.): Reportedly a strong, off-guard who played two varsity seasons at St. Mary's Ryken, where she was among that team's leading scorers, before transferring to Georgetown Day. No high school statistics are available.

- TIFFANY PADGETT (6-1 Center, Pallotti H.S., Lauren, Md.): An inside player who averaged 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in her first three seasons at Pallotti H.S. and, then, 13.9 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior. Also listed as 6-feet (not 6-1) on a variety of internet sites.

- DIANA LOGAN (5-11 Guard, North Point H.S./Waldorf, Md.): A big off-guard, she averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game over her last two seasons in high school.

- BRITTANY BUTLER (5-9 Forward, Howard H.S., Elkridge, Md.): A long, lanky defensive-minded player, she averaged 4.2 steals per game as a high school junior.

- JENEH PERRY (5-11 Forward, Girls Prep School, Chattanooga, Tenn.): Another strong inside player, she was also a standout shot-put performer in high school. Reported to be an outstanding rebounder with the athleticism to run the floor.

ANALYSIS: The program didn't need a huge recruiting budget, other than a couple of trips to Tennessee to scout Perry, as four of the five incoming players are from Maryland and proximitous to the Loyola campus. The Greyhounds have been one of the smaller MAAC teams in recent years, and sought to address that issue by bringing in three forwards. The team appears to have a strong first five or six players coming back, but the incoming players should provide immediate depth and ensure the continuation of the program's strength in future years.

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