Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Dana Evans added to USA U18 Women's National Team...2017-18 UofL WBB -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
EVANS REPLACES INJURED DANGERFIELD ON FIBA SQUAD
Dana Evans, a 5'6" guard from Gary, IN that is currently listing Louisville in her college list, has been selected to replace injured Crystal Dangerfield (hip) on the 2016 USA Women's National U 18 team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championships in Valvidia, Chile July 13-17.
" I was surprised and excited. I saw Colorado Springs pop up on my phone and I jumped up. This means a lot to me, being the first boy or girl from Gary, IN to play for a USA junior basketball national team. I have a really strong faith in what God has planned for me. I'm dedicated to this game of basketball and I enjoy playing it. This is a dream come true and I am thankful for the opportunity."
Suzie McConnell-Serio (Pittsburgh) and her staff chose the right person to replace the talented point-guard Dangerfield. Evans is a ultra-quick and talented floor general that can distribute the ball well and definitely create opportunities for her own shot. She's a disrupting influence on defense and very comfortable in a up-tempo type of game.
All those accolades fit well for a Jeff Walz style team.
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Speaking of the Louisville women's basketball team, during my appearance on Howie Lindsey's Louisville 1st radio show this morning, the question was posed to me about what recruiting needs did Jeff Walz need to fill for next year's class.
Not being Jeff Walz, there is no way I can give a 100% accurate answer on who or what Coach Walz and staff feel their needs are. My answer revolved around taking what they do bring in and getting them to jell with the squad that returns for the 2017-18 season.
My segments on Howie's show are usually just 5-10 minutes so there was not time to get in-depth on the subject. Here's a bit more on it:
One would assume Louisville would want additional depth at the guard slots. Looking ahead to 2017-18, let's presume that Asia Durr, Arica Carter, Sydney Zambrotta, Jessica Laemmle and Jazmine Jones will all be on campus. Adding a Evans would be a great gain. Another guard wouldn't hurt. The name Lindsey Duvall has been bandied around a bit by fans, since she re-opened her recruiting options. The leading question of our readership from last year about Louisville women's basketball revolved around guard play. We expect significant improvement at the guard spots in 2016-17...skilled and versatile graduate student Taylor Johnson joins the returnees and freshmen.
2017-18 has Mariya Moore and Brianna Jones back at wing. Jazmine Jones is certainly capable of popping out there and Kylee Shook would be an option as well. Wing looks secure.
Inside, hopefully Myisha Hines-Allen, Shook, Ciera Johnson, Bionca Dunham, Sam Fuehring and Loretta Kakala (so far, the lone 2017 commit) will all be on campus for the 2017-18 season. That is a very impressive list. Adding height obviously never hurts and the Cards could be looking for another 6'4" - 6'5" post player.
We've mentioned 13 players here. Of course, there is always the happenstance of transfers. Over the past two years, a total of six players (Syd Brackemyre, Taja Cole, Erin DeGrate, Ariana Freeman, Megan Deines and Emmonnie Henderson) have either left the program to play elsewhere or decided to concentrate on another sport. Out of the 13 listed, one never knows if there are a couple listed that may not be back for 2017-18.
So, let's get through 2016-17 first. The anticipation is off the charts.