Women's BBall Has Big Weekend; Takes Two Commits

Mickie DeMoss was rather quiet on the recruiting front of late and many expected Midnight Madness to be her breaking out point in regards to getting some commitments. Looks like we underestimated her....

UK had several official visits come in over the weekend and it paid off as Carly Ormerod, a senior from Sacred Heart, and Lydia Watkins, a junior from Christian County, both gave oral commitments to UK!

And to boot, Christian County's coach says of Arnika Brown - Kentucky is "really in the hunt for her."

Many discussion boards had been overrun with posts for UK to land a true point guard this year and Mickie delivered, getting a verbal commitment from Sacred Heart's Carly Ormerod.

Carly, who is the only player to be named MVP at the state tournament in her freshman year, and the only player to be named MVP twice in her career, is considered a front runner for Miss Basketball. In addition, last season she averaged 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.5 assists. She is the all time assist leader at Sacred Heart.

And what about Lydia Watkins? While most people have probably heard of her teammate, Arnika Brown, Watkins' coach feels that UK got a tremendous steal, signing Watkins and signing her so early. He feels that she really improved last year, and by the time her senior year rolls around, she'll be one of the top players in the state.

For the record, she's a 5' 10" forward and transfered to Christian County from Florida.

That adds a second recruit to the incoming class for 2005 with Carly Ormerod and Kasi Galloway from Knott County.

Watkins is UK's first commitment for the class of 2006.

Starting with Sarah Elliott, who chose UK over Tennessee and others, and now with these additions, Coach DeMoss is certainly making a firm statment about her ability to land top recruits from Kentucky. Combined with some top recruits she's landed from Michigan (Samantha Mahoney and Chante Bowman) and Tennessee (Sade Buley), UK is certainly putting a crimp in other team's recruiting efforts.

UK may very well be set for a second consecutive top 10 recruing class. This year's class was ranked as high as six, and while the team may be very young (two returning seniors), there's a lot of excitement building around the team and Coach DeMoss' recruiting results so far. And factor in that she's landing top players after not such a successful year last year. Coach DeMoss certainly has what it takes to get the top players to commit to UK. While the team this year may be too young to have much of an impact, the stage is set for great things to happen in the near future.

Will Buntin is the owner of the website UKHoopsFans. Click on the link to get the latest on the women's basketball front, including recruiting and the team.


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