Walz signs Top 5 recruiting class

Louisville coach Jeff Walz signed the best recruiting class in University of Louisville women's basketball history on Wednesday. The Cardinals signed five players in a recruiting class ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation by one publication.

Here is a list of signees from UofLSports.com:

Shawnta Dyer, 6-1, Wing, Marion, Ohio (Marion Harding)

Dyer was ranked as high as No. 43 by some publications and ranked as the 12th best wing forward. She finished her junior year averaging 23 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots. She was an all-league and all-conference selection last season. She set a school record for career scoring as a junior. She also earned special mention Division I All-Ohio honors.

"We are really excited about the addition of Shawnta," said Walz. "She is long and athletic and fits our style of play perfectly. She can handle the ball well and can knock down the 12-15 footer. She was ranked as one of the top players in the state of Ohio and will contribute to our program at the wing or forward positions."

Polly Harrington, 6-0, Wing, Kansas City, Mo. (Hickman Mills)

Harrington is ranked as the 21st best wing forward and as high as No. 91 by some publications. She ranked fifth in the state in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. She also ranked third in the state in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game. Harrington was named a 2009 Associated Press All-State selection last season.

"Gaining an outstanding citizen and blue collar worker was a key to this recruiting class," said Walz. "Polly represents that and so much more. She has the capabilities of grinding it out in the post or taking a transition 3-pointer. Her hustle and determination will set her apart and will enable her to become a major part of our success."

Antonita Slaughter, 6-1, Guard, Shelbyville, Ky. (Louisville Christian Academy)

Slaughter was ranked as high as No. 37 by some publications and as the 15th best shooting guard. She was named a first team all-state selection by the Louisville Courier Journal and the Lexington Herald Leader. As a junior she connected from 64.1 percent from the field while averaging 14.3 points per game. She helped lead Louisville Christian Academy to the Sweet Sixteen last season.

"Antonita was the first recruit to commit to us in the 2010 class, following her freshman year," said Walz. "She can really shoot the three and has great size for a wing player. She will make an immediate impact on our program with her skill level and size. We are excited to once again sign the best player in that state that has the desire to win a National Championship."

Charmaine Tay, 5-11, Point Guard, Irvington, NJ (Bloomfield Tech)

Tay is ranked as high as No. 17 by some publications and as the fifth best point guard. She helped Bloomfield Tech to a Group 1 state championship last season as a junior. She was a first team All-Essex County selection and an All-State selection by The Newark Star-Ledger. Tay averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists per game as a junior. She was also named the top rebounding guard in New Jersey.

"Charmaine is a dynamic point guard who can get to the rim on anyone," Walz said. "She will make an immediate impact on our program with her size and her ability to lead a team. She has won at every level she has played and we are expecting her to continue her winning ways here at Louisville."

Sheronne Vails, 6-4, Center, Odenton, Md. (Arundel)

Vails is ranked as high as No. 17 by some publications and as the third best center. She was also named the best player in the state of Maryland by some publications. As a junior she was a first team all-county selection. She finished her junior year averaging 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The Odenton native shot 48.8 percent from the field and collected 103 blocks and 57 steals last season. She helped the Wildcats compile a 22-5 record and reach the Class 4A state championship.

"We are thrilled to have attracted one of the premier post players in the country to Louisville," said Walz. "Sheronne provides us with a dominating presence in the paint as well as the ability to step out on the perimeter and knock down shots. She is an intimidating force with her shot blocking abilities and will thrive in the open court transition game we are accustomed to here at Louisville. There is no doubt she will be a major contributor on both ends of the court for years to come."

Louisville native Tia Gibbs, a transfer from Vanderbilt is also included in the recruiting rankings for the Cardinals. Gibbs transferred to Louisville this summer but will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. She played in 29 games for the Commodores her freshman season, averaging 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds as a freshman. The Louisville native was named the 2008 Miss Kentucky Basketball after leading Butler High School to the 2008 Kentucky State Championship. She was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Kentucky Sweet Sixteen.

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