Hammond narrows list; Leader emerges

Sara Hammond, the #15-ranked prospect in the Class of 2011, spoke with InsideTheVille.com Tuesday night about her visit to Louisville last weekend. Hammond told InsideTheVille.com that her recruitment is coming down to a pair of schools and Jeff Walz' program appears in great shape.

Sara Hammond, the No. 15-ranked prospect in ESPN's Top 100, made an official visit to Louisville last weekend and told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday night that the Cardinals are now the "team to beat" for her commitment.

"I was down to four schools – Louisville, Connecticut, Western Kentucky and Vandy, but I've cut it down to Louisville and Uconn," Hammond told InsideTheVille.com. "I'm taking my official visit to UConn this weekend, but Louisville is the team to beat right now. I'm going to UConn to compare it to Louisville and then Coach [Jeff] Walz and Coach [Stephanie] Norman are coming in to make an in-home visit with me on Sept. 16. I think I'll make my decision after that in-home [visit]."

Hammond, a 6-foot-2 forward from Mount Vernon (KY) Rockcastle County, was wowed by Jeff Walz and his coaching staff during her official visit to UofL last weekend.

Louisville is the favorite to land Top 15 recruit Sara Hammond.
"Oh my gosh, it was the best weekend I've ever had," said Hammond. "Coach Walz and his staff blew me away. I was expecting another girl or two to make their official visits but it was just me for the whole weekend. That really stood out to me and Coach Walz said how much he wants me. That was really important to me. The players were unbelievable and I feel like I was already a part of the team for next year. It blew my mind, and blew me away this weekend."

Walz will have to beat out Connecticut, the premier program in women's college basketball, for Hammond's commitment. The talented forward says she plans to make a decision soon after Walz makes his in-home visit.

"After last weekend it's becoming real clear where I feel comfortable and where I fit in with the system Coach Walz is running," Hammond said. "He said I'd play the three or four spot at Louisville. They like to get up and down and he said he wants to add more size outside. He said they don't have anybody else at the three-spot besides Monique Reid and I feel I could come in my freshman year and make a big impact with his team. He said he'd push me to be the best player I can be and that's what I'm looking for."

Hammond said several factors will help her choose between Louisville and Connecticut.

"Obviously, what type of players the team has and how well I fit in with them and how much playing time I could get if I work hard," Hammonds siad. "Also if my family could come and watch me regularly. Academics are also important and if I can become a good student-athlete."

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