The recruiting news just keeps getting better for Vanderbilt's women's basketball team.
Coach Melanie Balcomb's 2003 recruiting class, already ranked the No. 1 class in the nation by USA Today, could add another signee in April. Additionally, two of Vanderbilt's November signees were recently named McDonald's All-Americans and will participate in the annual McDonald's All-Star game on Mar. 26 in Cleveland.
The Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune reported Saturday that Vanderbilt's coaching staff had extended a scholarship offer to prep standout Caroline Williams of Rockmart, Ga. The article, quoting Williams' mother, went on to say that Williams, a 5-foot-10 guard who will graduate in May, would likely make a verbal commitment to accept the offer, pending a Tuesday official visit to the Nashville campus. She would not be eligible to sign until the April signing period, but could play next fall as a freshman.
Williams, the article said, scored over 2,300 points in her four-year career at Rockmart High School. Twice named the News-Tribune Female Player of the Year, Williams averaged 25.6 points per game in her senior year and led her team to a state tournament berth in the AA classification.
Should she sign, Williams would become the seventh member of a 2003 signing class already recognized by two national publications as the nation's best. The six high school stars who inked with Vanderbilt last November in the early signing period were: Katie Antony, 5-10 guard, Anacoco, La.; Rachel Brockman, 6-3 F/C, Noblesville, Ind.; Dee Davis, 5-7 guard, Cincinnati-Princeton, Ohio; Jenn Hall, 6-1 forward, Folsom, Calif.; Cherish Stringfield, 5-7 guard, Wakefield-Sussex Central, Va.; and Carla Thomas, 6-3 forward, Mechanicsville-Cumberland Valley, Pa.
Coaches are not allowed to comment on prospects until they sign a national letter-of-intent.
Additionally, two of Balcomb's fall signees, Dee Davis and Jenn Hall, were among 24 girls' players selected to participate in the McDonald's All-Star game at the Gund Arena in Cleveland on Mar. 26. The game, which will tipoff at 4:30 p.m. EST that day, will be televised on tape-delay basis by ESPN on April 1 at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Davis and Hall were selected from among 1,200 girls' players nominated for the honor. "For these young athletes, it is quite an honor to be nominated, let alone selected to the McDonald's All-American Team," said game chairman and former UCLA coach John Wooden. "McDonald's All-Americans are role models and leaders to their peers, not only in basketball, but also in the game of life."
"I was speechless when I found out," Davis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "This is very big for me."
Davis will be part of the East squad, while Hall will compete for the West.