Walz adds to Top 10 recruiting haul

Jeff Walz is taking advantage of Louisville's national title game appearance. The Louisville women's basketball coach has already assembled a Top 5 2010 recruiting class. Now, Walz has added another Top 50-caliber talent to Louisville's impressive recruiting haul.

Shawnta' Dyer, a 6'2 forward from Marion (OH) Harding, verbally committed to Louisville last weekend, joining a recruiting class that already ranks in the Top 5 nationally by All-Star Girls Report.

One of the top players in Ohio, Dyer averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots as a junior. She's ranked the No. 12 small forward nationally and No. 56 overall in the Class of 2010 by ESPN HoopGurlz.com. Dyer chose Louisville over Oklahoma, Miami, FL., Ohio State and Rutgers.

"She committed to Louisville this past Saturday," Marion coach Greg Noftz. "She went down earlier this fall on a visit and called Coach Walz on Saturday to commit. Jeff came in a few days prior to that and made a home visit and visited the school. What she liked is that Louisville's style of play fits her perfect. When she made her visit she loved the campus and kids and really enjoyed UofL and the city."

Jeff Walz has it rolling at UofL.
Dyer joins an impressive recruiting class that also includes 6'4 center Sheronne Vails (No. 17 All-Star Girls Report), 5'11 guard Charmaine Tay (No. 23), 6'1 guard Antonita Slaughter (No. 70) and 6'0 forward Polly Harrington (No. 90). The Cardinals also have 5'11 Vanderbilt transfer guard Tia Gibbs sitting out this season.

"Louisville is looking at her to play the 3/4, maybe a big wing or small forward," Noftz said. "She's very capable of stepping out to 20 feet or taking you down low on the block. She's really versatile for 6'2. She handles the ball and shoots it like a guard but she's strong enough to do some damage in the post, too."

"The biggest thing about her is she is a very unselfish player," Noftz added. "She could have averaged 27-28 points a game last year but we have a good team around her and she's willing to give the ball up. She's also a tremendous passer. She's a good person, a good citizen and student."

Noftz said he's expecting an excellent senior season from his talented forward.

"She's currently the all-time leading scorer in school history," Noftz said. "She could hit the 2,000 scoring mark this season. We're expecting big things from her. She's our captain and leader. She'll break numerous records this season, including rebounds and shot blocks."

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