Kady Schrann discusses verbal to Vandy

Adding to the successful recruitment of players from the Northeast, Kady Schrann, a 5-9 guard from York, Pa., and ranked No. 48 out of the Top 100 prospects by ESPN HoopGurlz, will join Baltimore's Maggie Morrison as verbal commitments for Vanderbilt's 2015 class.

The ‘Dores coaching staff was instrumental in addressing the high school senior's concerns about developing her entire game. "They sold me on their coaching concept," Kady said. "Coach [Melanie] Balcomb explained that her staff is like a football staff. There's someone for defense and someone for offense. Each coach has their own responsibility to help make the team successful. And successful coaches make successful teams."

Kady had not followed Vanderbilt and imagined it would be too far from home to consider after the school expressed interest. But enroute to Atlanta for an AAU tournament, she dropped by for an unofficial visit on August 1 She liked what she saw enough to want the full experience of an overnight with a player in the dorm and a campus and Nashville tour. On September 11 she returned for the official visit. "I really like the environment. It's a campus in the middle of a city, but once you're on campus, you have all that you need. There are only 1,500 freshmen per year. I thought it was a huge school, but I like it smaller."

The ball handler, graded 93 by Scout, made quite a splash at the Fila Nationals in July, but first began attracting attention when she joined the starting lineup as a freshman for the defending state champions York Catholic High School. The Fighting Irish senior fielded full scholarship offers from Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Villanova, James Madison, Old Dominion, Illinois and more. When Vanderbilt discussed her future beyond basketball, the honor roll student and cross-country champion decided to join the Commodores. After meeting the team and spending time on campus, she felt the fit was just right. She found a team she could contribute to, and that would invest in her also.

Kady has been named her high school league's Most Outstanding Player for three years, and played in the state championship for three years, winning two titles and runner-up in the other. She is also York County's two-time cross-country league champion. Her playing style is noted for exceptional passing ability that creates opportunities for teammates, her willingness to draw fouls and penetrate the lane and shooting prowess from the baseline and midrange. Her experience running cross country crosses over to the court as well as she is quick to the rim.

York is a two-hour drive from Philadelphia, home to Stephanie Holzer, and a short hop to New York City (Tori Jarosz) and western New Jersey (Christina Foggie). Kady's future teammates will help her feel like she's right at home. "I was just looking at that," Kady said. "I didn't know that earlier, but that makes it easier since we're all from the north."

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