Monday, March 28, 2016
Danielle Cosgrove...A player to watch for 2018 -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
THE NEXT "STEWIE"? COSGROVE IMPRESSES
We get a lot of questions about UofL WBB recruiting here at CARDINAL COUPLE and, although that aspect of basketball isn't one I follow with a wild-eyed interest or passion, I recently saw a mix tape of a very intriguing 2018 prospect that has Louisville on her prospective list.
Meet Danielle Cosgrove. a 6'4" post from Sachem East in Farmingville, NY. This smooth operator also plays for the renown Philly Belles club team. She scores, she rebounds, she plays defense and the central Long Island star looks quite similar to incoming Card Kylie Shook. I'll go a step further. At this point in her young career, is she the next Breanna Stewart?
Watch the You Tube clip at the bottom of this article. You will see, like I did, how hard she works inside the paint. Notice that she can step outside and hit the long range jumper with a smooth release and relative ease. Defensively, she gets after it and watch how easily she can create space for herself in the paint to get open and score. She goes to the boards to rebound with aggression and seems comfortable with either hand on the dribble or the pass. She's got speed as well and can get out on the transition break.
So, who is in her wheel base? The Cards have offered. Other schools she mentions are Michigan, Wisconsin, St. John, Fordham, Lafayette and Ole Miss. No mention of UConn yet...but it is still very early in the recruiting process for her.
She's one to keep an eye on. A player who is looking very special with two years of high school yet to go.
Players go through a lot of changes throughout their high school careers...just like college basketball programs. Louisville gets a lot of national recognition for the great recruiting classes they've had over the last three years. Words like "future dynasty", "the next UConn" and "potential powerhouse" get tossed around when Louisville women's basketball is mention. The key to the transition is turning these high school stars and All-Americans into competitive and effective college players. Another key is seeing how a particular player reacts when the rest of the college basketball world starts to send the letters, texts and coaches.
We've seen the transition of the 2014 Cardinal recruiting class into a sophomore supreme scenario with Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore and Arica Carter. The 2015 Class established Asia Durr as a powerful Card for the future and the sophomore season for this group should see the continued development of several more in that class. We'll watch the growth of the incoming 2016 juggernaut class that is so impressive and awarded.
And...we are continuing to see the "Walz effect" when looking to 2017 and 2018.
Exciting times ahead, no doubt.
LINK TO TAPE: DANIELLE COSGROVE