U of L women get a major score in recruiting

Lost in the Kentucky Derby talk around the city of Louisville last week was a major commitment for the University of Louisville women's basketball program. The Cardinals landed a commitment from North Babylon, N.Y., guard Brianna Jones, a top 15 prospect in 2015.

The University of Louisville women's basketball staff began recruiting North Babylon, N.Y., 2015 guard Brianna Jones more than a year ago.

Last week, the attention and effort the Cardinals' had put forth during the recruiting process paid off in a big way.

Jones, who is ranked as the No. 14 player nationally in '15 according to ESPN.com, committed to the Cardinals. She picked U of L over Duke and Penn State among others.

While playing at North Babylon - the same school that produced UConn star Bria Hartley - during her high school season, Jones plays for the Philadelphia Belles AAU travel team. And that's the team that produced UConn All-American Breanna Stewart.

The 5-10 shooting guard averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds, and hit 68 three-pointers last season at North Babylon.

Jones is the third-highest ranked player ever committed to U of L out of the ESPN rankings. Shoni Schimmel was No. 8 and Sara Hammond checked in at No. 12.

The Cardinals also have a commitment from No. 18 Taja Cole, a guard from Virginia, and Georgia guard Maya Benham.

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