Ohio star was first commit; signs with U of L

The University of Louisville women's basketball team will sign one of its top classes in history this week. The first and one of the top recruits in the class is Harveysburg, Ohio, Clinton-Massie forward Sydney Brackemyre. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Sydney Brackemyre said she's had people when she talks about signing with the University of Louisville say, ‘Oh, you committed after they beat Baylor?'

"I tell them, no I committed to Louisville and made my decision before they made that big statement," Brackemyre said.

The 6-foot-1 forward from Harveysburg, Ohio, Clinton-Massie was the first of five commitments in the Class of 2014 to the Cardinals. She committed to U of L coach Jeff Walz in February and signed on Wednesday.

"I am so excited," Brackemyre said. "I have been waiting for this since February when I committed. It's like all of the hard work I have been putting in since the freshman year of high school has paid off. It's going to make it official."

Brackemyre said it was "so special" that she was able to sign next to her best friend, Kasey Uetrecht, who signed with Northern Kentucky.

"It's so awesome," Brackemyre said.

Brackemyre picked the Cardinals over Michigan and Dayton and is ranked among the top 50 prospects in the nation. The All-Star Girls Report has Brackemyre ranked as the No. 39 player in the '14 class and No. 36 by ESPN.com.

As a sophomore, Brackemyre was a Division II honorable mention All-State selection when she averaged 17.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. She suffered a knee injury last January but has fully recovered.

Brackemyre said U of L was "an all-around good fit," noting basketball, academics and the FCA group at the school.

"It's just a great place," she said. "I can't wait."

Brackemyre was at the U of L opener on Saturday against Loyola (Chicago) and said she will make several return trips.

"When you are visiting and stuff you don't feel like part of the family," Brackemyre said. "But when you visit after you are committed then you see them playing on that court, seeing the players I will play with and the coaches I will play for and going down after game and giving them a huge.

"I just feel like part of the family and that's why I picked Louisville."

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