Wednesday, May 31, 2017
For Boley, it's "Go NorthWest, young woman"...Green left out -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple
6'2" E-Town star chooses Oregon
The phrase..."Go West, Young Man" is attributed to newspaper publisher Horace Greeley. Tweaking that a bit for women's college basketball...Hodgenville, KY McDonald's All-American and former Notre Damer Erin Boley has decided to "go Northwest" and join the Oregon Ducks to finish her college basketball career.
It ends the speculation that be might be joining the Cardinals, Cardinal or 'Dores (Louisville, Stanford and Vanderbilt) squads and will put her on a Pac 12 squad that also has high-profile guard Sabrina Ionescu. Boley will sit the 2017-18 season and then have three years of eligibility remaining. She reveals:
"I kind of knew what I was looking for this time around. I was there (Oregon) just this past weekend and felt like I fit in perfectly with the team and loved Coach Kelly Graves and all the coaches. I feel like it's a place for me to make my new home and Oregon's the school for me this time around."
Boley, along with Ali Patberg, decided to leave the Irish at the completion of this past season...where Notre Dame reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament but were upended by Stanford in the Lexington Regional final 76-75. The Irish won't be hurting too badly with the defections, though...Marina Mabrey, Jackie Young, Brianna Turner, Arike Ogumbowale and Kathryn Westbeld all return for Muffet McGraw.
Boley undoubtedly has the tools to make a difference at Oregon. Her former coach at Kentucky Premier David Tapley observes:
"She's a complete player. She can play back to the basket. She can take you off the dribble, shoot the three-pointer and she's a 4.0 kid. She's a gym rat. She's a kid that wants to be pushed and she's a winner."
NYAH GREEN NOT PART OF THE 2016 USA WOMEN'S U 16 TEAM.
2019 Louisville verbal Nyah Green is considered one of the best, if not the best, of her class. When the 18 player roster was announced for the 2016 USA Women's U 16 team on Monday, though...Green's name was not on the list.
The 6'1" off-guard from Allen, TX is ranked #1 at her position by ESPNW for her 2019 Class. That apparently doesn't mean much to coaches Carla Berube (Tufts), Steve Gomez (Lubbock Christian U) and Vanessa Nygaard (Windward, H.S.).
What in the wide world of sports is going on here? Green made the cut to 37 players...but failed to get to the next round? Politicking from a group of unknown coaches? Just a bad practice day?
Some top 50 ESPNW 2019 players who are part of the final 18. #1 Samantha Brunelle, #6 Haley Jones, #8 Jordan Horston, #9 Aliyah Boston, #10 Ashley Owuse and #14 Zia Cooke.
No players from Kentucky or Indiana are on the list of 18. Six of the 18 are 6'3" or taller.
Shenanigans going on here?
At the very least, a motivational factor for Green to carry with her over the next couple of seasons.