Walker-Kimbrough Says Terps were "Best Fit"

Terps gain commitment from 2013 guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.

Recent 2013 Maryland women's basketball commitment, guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Aliquippa, PA) might still have another season of high school basketball to play, but she already knows where she thinks she fits in on the Terps.

“I definitely want to have an impact defensively, and be able to come in and make an impact on defense and hopefully score,” she said.

She knows that defense leads into offense, and noted that the Terrapins' run-and-gun style of play fits her perfectly.

“I like to use my quickness in the open court and that's one of the main things I liked about them,” she added.

However, it was Coach Brenda Frese's presence in her recruitment that stood out the most to Walker-Kimbrough.

“When you're playing and you see the head coach actually coming to your games, it's different than when you see just other assistants. It meant a lot that she herself was coming to my games,” she said, explaining that Frese was at the majority of them.

The coaching staff as a whole also made a difference. Walker-Kimbrough watched this past season's Maryland team get all the way to the Elite Eight despite being fairly young, which sounded pretty familiar to her.

“You look at that and you look at when they won it all in 2006 with a lot of young players,” she said. “Young people don't just do that on their own, there has to be good coaching involved.”

Walker-Kimbrough, who chose the Terps mainly over Duquesne, said that she felt Maryland was the “best fit basketball-wise and academically.”

“Academics mean a lot to me so I thought with their style of play and the coaches, it just felt right,” she added.

She attended the Terps game versus Duke at Comcast Center back in February, when she learned why she is most excited to suit up for the Maryland Terrapins.

“The fans are great and have a connection with the team,” she said. “The fans, the environment, it all felt right. The team was vibing off the fans and it was exciting to watch.”

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