Louisville signee made a rise in rankings

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz has a five-player signing class that includes a big riser in the rankings. Lodi, N.J., power forward Samantha Fuehring went from under rated to one of the top 30 prospects in the country. She signed to play for the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.

Lodi, N.J., Immaculate Conception forward Samantha Fuehring was coming off a sensational junior season. She averaged 20.9 points and 7.8 rebounds a game.

The 6-foot-3 Fuehring was named first-team all-area and second-team All-State among juniors in New Jersey, but she still didn't have a lot of national attention.

"Not a lot of schools," Fuehring said last summer.

But that all changed after a summer to remember with the NJ Sparks on the AAU scene. She skyrocketed up the national rankings and schools started to flock her way.

Fuehring said more than 30 schools offered her a scholarship, including the University of Louisville. But she noted the Cardinals had "been there for a while," in the mix as one of the schools that showed early interest.

After making her visit to U of L in early September, Fuehring decided to make it official and commit and on Wednesday she signed with the Cardinals.

"Louisville was very nice and welcoming," Fuehring said. "I watched them on TV last year a lot and I think I would fit in well there.

"I had a feeling (Louisville was the place) and when I went there it was."

Fuehring had narrowed her list of colleges to U of L, California, Dayton, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Tennessee before picking the Cardinals. Fuehring had been ranked as high as No. 96 prior to the summer and now checks in at No. 29.

She is one of five players to sign with the Cardinals, giving U of L coach Jeff Walz the No 1 recruiting class in the country.


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