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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Another visitor for basketball


-Flaherty to visit UofL

-Holmes to Missouri

(Jenny O'Bryan brings us news of a 2014 point guard that is on UofL's radar. She's listed several schools and is taking unoffical visits as for now.) 

2014 point guard Katelynn Flaherty (5-8) is due on campus sometime this week for an unofficial visit.  Flaherty recently has visited Virginia Tech, Michigan and Georgia.  She will also visit Kentucky this week. 
Flaherty seems to have quite a few suitors.  Along with the above-mentioned teams, she is also visiting Ole Miss and Vanderbilt unofficially. 

Flaherty is a point guard who apparently can play either guard spot.  In her junior campaign, as a transfer to a new school, she averaged 30.3 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game.  Flaherty notched a blistering 93% from the free throw line.  Her season high game of record is 40 points!  This kid can shoot. 

Scouring the internet and watching video of her play, Flaherty appears to do it all.  Lay ups, pull up jumpers, 3 balls, you name it, the kid can hit it.  Aside from that she is said to take great pride in her defense.    A coaches kid.   Coaches kids are said to be some of the best students of the game, very strong basketball IQ’s. 

Below is a summary of her game from a Michigan blogger:

A 5'7 " guard who can can flat out shoot the rock. Seems at times to score without much effort whether it is behind the 3 point arch or scoring in the paint. Her fundamentals are solid and her basketball IQ is very high. Loves to defend and cause havoc to anyone who tries to get pass her. A natural leader and a winner!tio

Flaherty sounds like a player that Cardinal fans would love to watch.  What exactly are our chances of landing this dynamic player?  Hard to say, with all the schools on her current list.  I’ll keep my nose to the grind and report back just as soon as there is more to report.  

ESPN W has this to say about her (from last year):

The Mecca-Feb 12: Though in basketball, possession of one, special skill is enough to advance to the next level, coaches are most comfortable with prospects who exhibit balance. Flaherty is an example of a point guard with yin to go with her yang. She has plenty of flair to her game, but also is very good in basic mode. She is most dynamic in transition, one-on-one opportunities, where Flaherty exhibits nice, quick dribble moves combined with head and shoulder fakes and plenty misdirection. In halfcourt situations, she can be quite unflappable, fearless and in charge. She'd pair well with a combo guard, as she works well without the ball and shows good footwork and form on her shot out to 3-point range. (Nelson)


DAVIONNA HOLMES wasted no time leaving the UofL campus and heading elsewhere. That elsewhere is Missouri. The press release is in the comments section below.


-Jenny O Bryan

1 comment:

  1. Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri Women's Basketball program and Head Coach Robin Pingeton announced the addition of Davionna Holmes to the Mizzou Women's Basketball program on Tuesday (August 20). Holmes comes to Missouri from Louisville, where she was a member of the Cardinals Volleyball and Women's Basketball teams.

    A 6-foot-3 native of East St. Louis, Ill., Holmes played middle blocker for the Cardinals Volleyball squad. She appeared in eight matches, tallying nine kills in her freshman season. Shortly after the volleyball season, Holmes joined the Cardinals women's basketball program, taking a redshirt year.

    "We feel very fortunate to have Davionna join our basketball family, head coach Robin Pingeton said. "She has great size and athleticism and with a lot of hard work I believe she will develop into a great player for us."

    Holmes attended East St. Louis High School, where she played both volleyball and basketball. She averaged 14.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for East St. Louis, and was among conference leaders in three-point shooting. Holmes earned First Team All-Southwestern Conference honors with the East St. Louis high school volleyball team as was also selected for USA Volleyball's Girls Youth Continental team.

    Holmes will come to Mizzou as a redshirt sophomore and will sit out a season before joining her teammates on the floor. She plans to study English during her time with the Tigers as well.

    Keep checking in to for updates on Mizzou Women's Basketball as the team prepares for the upcoming season. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@MizzouWBB), Facebook ( and Instagram (@MizzouWBB).


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