Louisville women ink elite post player

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz signed five players on Wednesday, including an elite post player. Erin DeGrate is a top-40 prospect and 6-foot-5 center from Waco, Texas. Cardinal Authority has the latest on DeGrate.

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz signed a five player class on Wednesday with what analyst Dan Olsen called "a little bit of everything."

And that includes an elite post player.

Waco, Tx., center Erin DeGrate made her decision to attend U of L in September after an official visit and made it official on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 DeGrate is ranked as high as the No. 36 prospect in the nation by ProspectsNation.com.

"I had some coaches call after I committed to try and recruit me," DeGrate said. "But when I made my decision, it was like a huge relief. Louisville is where I wanted to be.

"I just loved everything about Louisville. I liked the school and the facilities and I just loved coach Walz. I can't wait to get there."

DeGrate, who attended the U of L football win over Miami, picked the Cardinals over a lengthy list of the top programs in the country. Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas Tech were the other finalists, while she was sought after by dozens of other schools.

DeGrate, who is called Cookie Monster by her teammates, helped lead La Vega High School to the Class 3-A state title in Texas as a junior. La Vega finished 35-0 with DeGrate averaging 18.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots a game.

La Vega is considered a favorite to win another title this season and DeGrate said she hopes to help her team claim that honor.

And then it's off to Louisville. DeGrate said she's "so excited" to be part of the No. 1 class in the country in '15.

"You always want to play with a group of talent, so it means a lot I am coming in with such a group of talent," DeGrate said. "It's pretty great and is going to be fun."


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