The University of Louisville women's basketball staff will welcome five newcomers to campus in the next few days.
U of L's recruiting Class of 2016 was ranked in the top five nationally and four of the five members, plus a transfer one walk-on have all confirmed for Cardinal Authority they will be arriving on campus to enroll on Tuesday in classes.
New York guard Sydney Zambrotta said she gets to town on Saturday but will travel back home for graduation next Saturday before returning again to Louisville the following Monday.
"I'm just excited to get started," said Zambrotta, who played a major role in Christ the King winning its third-straight diocesan CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I title. She scored 21 points and is playing in the CHSAA catholic state 'AA' semifinals on March 11.
Tallahassee, Fla., standout wing Jazmine Jones is also arriving in town today and said she "is sooooo super excited. I really can't wait to get there and get started" with the team.
Jones was named Florida's Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year after guiding Florida A&M Developmental Research to four Class-2A state championships, with this year's group earning a 30-2 record. Jones averaged 22.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 3.0 steals, while shooting 56.9 percent from the field that included a 42.7 percent stint from 3.
Ciera Johnson, a top post player from Duncanville, Tx., said she will be on campus Tuesday. Johnson averaged eight points and 14 rebounds to help Duncanville to an undefeated state championship season. She was named a WBCA All-American.
"I'm super excited because I know my game will be taken to the next level at Louisville," Johnson said. "Also, I know that we have a great chance at winning the National Championship while I'm there."
Colorado's all-time shot-blocker Kylee Shook is in Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend trying out for the USA Basketball U18 team but said she will be traveling to Louisville on Tuesday. Shook, who averaged 27.3 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game according to MaxPreps, finished her prep career as Colorado's all-time leader in rebounds (1,299) and blocked shots (620).
"I'm nervous," Shook said.
Loyola fifth-year transfer Taylor Johnson is also arriving tonight. She will be a one-year player for the Cardinals. She averaged 15.1 points a game last season at Loyola, second on the team by two points. She led the team in assists with 102 and steals 79 and had 4.9 rebounds a game in 30 games.
The fifth newcomer expected on Tuesday is walk-on Jessica Laemmle, a point guard from Mercy Academy. Laemmle was the Louisville Catholic Sports Player of the Year after averaging 9.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.3 rebounds a game for the Jaguars as a senior.
The only player from the signing class not enrolling next week is Philadelphia forward Bionca Dunham, who is expected to arrive on campus sometime later this summer.