VALPARAISO | Summer recruiting is beginning to pay off in a big way for Tracey Dorow and the Valparaiso women’s basketball team.
The Crusaders have received four verbal commitments from high school prospects over the last month, including three rising seniors that have been on campus for various camps in June.
These commitments come on the heels of Dorow landing transfers Annemarie Hamlet (Oakland) and Haylee Thompson (Utah State) this month. Both players must sit out the 2013-14 season and will be eligible when the three seniors enroll in the fall of 2014.
“Valparaiso is putting together a nice recruiting class,” Minnesota Fury AAU coach Nick Storm said. “If you look at what private school options there are at the D-I mid-major level; if you’re looking for that education, Valparaiso is a great fit.”
Storm coaches both 6-foot wing player Anne Hamilton (Minnetonka) and 5-foot-10 guard Georgi Donchetz (Burnsville). Hamilton was the first player to commit to the Crusaders at the beginning of the month and then Donchetz committed last week in between Valparaiso’s Elite and Team camps.
“Anne is a versatile player who can play a little (power forward), but is more comfortable at small forward,” Storm said. “She shoots the 3-pointer extremely well and scored a 33 on her ACT. Georgi is a glue kid, just an outstanding teammate that does plenty of things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Georgi is one of my favorite kids and she’ll give a ton of energy.”
The two Minnesota natives will be joined in the Class of 2014 by 5-foot-10 Michigan guard Jasmyn Walker (Muskegon Mona Shores). Both of Walker’s parents graduated from Ferris State and knew of Dorow when the second-year Valparaiso coach was working in Big Rapids.
“When Tracey took over Valparaiso, that raised a lot of our eyebrows and we knew there was an opportunity for Jasmyn close by,” Muskegon Mona Shores coach Bradley Kurth said. “Jasmyn is a player that has broken nearly every rebounding record in our program in just three years and as a guard. She averaged more than 10 rebounds a game and she is a fantastic defender. She’s definitely the greatest player I’ve ever had as far as attitude, leadership and all the intangibles.”
The fourth commitment comes from 2015 prospect Allison Schofield (Heritage Christian). The Indianapolis native helped lead Heritage Christian to a state semifinal appearance this season before falling to eventual 2A state champion Evansville Mater Dei. Schofield has several teammates that are Valparaiso targets and the 5-foot-10 combo player is wasting no time in starting to recruit them to Northwest Indiana.
“I’m going to try and help build Valparaiso’s program as much as I can,” Schofield said. “I played with a lot of the other girls at the elite camp and we have great chemistry already. I’m excited for what the future holds at Valparaiso.”