Jeff Walz and the University of Louisville women's basketball staff is at it again. The Cardinals have landed yet another top-20 prospect to round out a five-player Class of 2016.
Duncanville, Tx., post player Ciera Johnson confirmed to Cardinal Authority that she has committed to the Cardinals after making a weekend trip to U of L for an official visit. She picked U of L over Texas, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.
"I really enjoyed my visit and is just felt like the right place for me," Johnson said. "I love the coaches, got along with the players and just think I will fit in perfect at Louisville. (Walz) said I was the piece he was missing.
"It feels good for me and I feel like I have made the best decision."
Johnson averaged 14.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.2 blocks and 1.2 steals a game as a junior at Duncanville, one of the elite programs in the country. She shot 57 percent from the floor as a junior.
As the fifth member of the '16 class, Johnson said she watched practice over the weekend and thinks the new additions can help the Cardinals win the school's first women's national title.
"I have watched them practice and I feel like we are going to have a shot," she said. “For sure, we are going to have a shot to win a national championship and that’s why I’m going there."
Johnson is ranked No. 15 in the country by ESPN.com and checks in at No. 33 in the ProspectNation.com rankings.
Colorado Springs, Colo., Mesa Ridge High School forward Kylee Shook is ranked No. 18 by ESPN.com. The 6-foot-4 Shook was the first commitment in the class and is already set the Colorado state record for blocked shots during a career and is also on pace to end up being the state's all-time leader in career rebounds.
North Babylon, N.Y., Christ the King guard Sydney Zambrotta ranks No. 29 by ESPN and committed earlier this fall, along with Tallahassee, Fla., wing Jazmine Jones, who is No. 55 in ESPN's rankings. Zambrotta is an electric performer and one of the best shooters in the country, while the 5-foot-10 Jones is one of the most athletic players in the '16 class.
Louisville's other commitment is 6-foot-3 post Bionca Dunham from Philadelphia. Dunham is unranked and an under-the-radar prospect.
The Cardinals have now landed 15 commitments in the '14, '15 and '16 classes with 14 of the 15 being ranked in the top 60, 10 of those in the top 30 and seven in the top 20.