Walz lands versatile Top 20 prospect

Jeff Walz is building a perennial national women's basketball power at Louisville. After guiding the Cardinals to the national championship game, Walz is now reloading on the recruiting trail. With three Top 100 2010 prospects already on board, Louisville just received another commitment from the nation's No. 17 overall player.

Sheronne Vails, an ultra-talented 6-foot-4 center from Odenton (MD) Arundel, verbally committed to Louisville on Sunday night, according to her high school coach Lee Rogers.

Vails, rated the ninth-best post prospect in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.com, chose the Cardinals over Duke, Purdue, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Villanova. She averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds, while blocking 103 shots and 57 steals as a junior.

"She's versatile," Rogers said. "She's 6-4 and she handles the basketball and can make the jump shot. She can do a lot of things. She's not a true center. She's more like forward that can handle the basketball and create her own shot."

Vails, rated the No. 17 prospect nationally by All-Star Girls Report, is the latest 2010 standout to commit to the Cardinals. After reaching the NCAA national championship game last spring, Jeff Walz is putting together possibly the best recruiting class in Louisville history.

"I'm a big fan of Sheronne's," said Bret McCormick of All-Star Girls Report. "She does a lot of different things. She can get the rebound, take it up the court and make the right pass, as well as playing inside. She'll be able to play a little four and five for Louisville."

The Cardinals also have landed three other 2010 prospects ranked in the All-Star Girls Report Top 100 – 5-11 guard Charmaine Tay (No. 28), 6-1 shooting guard Antonita Slaughter (No. 48), and 6-2 power forward Lauren Okafor (No. 67). Louisville also counts Vanderbilt transfer Tia Gibbs in the Class of 2010.

"They're reloading," McCormick said. "I look for them to be very good for a while. They just keep reloading each year. (Walz) is building something really special there."

All-Star Girls report ranks Louisville's 2010 recruiting class sixth-best in the nation.

"They've gotten a lot of good players," McCormick said. "He's got a lot of (interchangeable) parts and his press is going to be good because they are going to be long at every position. That's kind of the way of the future and it gives people a lot of problems. They've definitely got a strong Top 10 class."

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