MOBLEY NOW PART OF 2021 CLASS, WILL REDSHIRT
The news broke yesterday, via Twitter, that former 2022 UofL women's basketball recruit Alexia Mobley has reclassified her status, is now part of the 2021 class and will come to campus as a red-shirt freshman this year.
She will be on campus for the first day of classes and will join the program for practice later this month.
Mobley, who graduated from high school a year early a couple of months ago, had originally planned to undergo individual instruction and training in between her last year of high school and first year of college. Considered firmly in the Cardinals camp, she left no doubt about that with her signing yesterday.
Alexia is a 6'2" wing that was ranked as the 31st. best prospect in ESPN's ranking of 2022 prospects. She is now the 14th student-athlete on the roster, a roster that doesn't list "wings" but players as either guard or forwards. She joins Payton Verhulst (listed as a 6'1" guard) and Sydney Schetnan (6'5 forward) as the third member of the 2021 class.
Alexia become the sixth "forward" on Walz's squad. Height wise, the Cards have 6'5" Schetnan, 6'5"Liz Dixon, 6'4" Ramani Parker, 6'3" Olivia Cochran and 6'1" Emily Engstler on the roster as well. Dixon and Engstler are listed as seniors, Parker a red-shirt sophomore, Cochran a sophomore and Schetnan a freshman.
The eight "guards" are: Ahlana Smith, Kianna Smith, Mykasa Robinson, Hailey Van Lith, Norika Konno, Payton Verhulst, Merissah Russell and Chelsie Hall.
Mobley is one of five "first year Cardinals", along with Hall, Verhulst, Engstler and Schtenan. Hall comes in as a transfer from Vanderbilt and Engstler from Syracuse.
The move seems to be a wise one for Mobley. A chance for her to practice with the team, learn the system, gain college credit hours and not lose any eligibility. We''ve seen in other schools (Wake Forest, for example) that freshmen originally thought to be "redshirts" or "next year prospects" have been pressed into collegiate action. This doesn't appear to be the planned scenario with Mobley, but the collegiate season is a long one and injuries and such can force a coach to make decisions originally un-planned at times.
The move drops the 2022 class for Louisville to three players who have verballed. Zyanna Walker, Imani Lester and Nyla Harris. With six Cards due to graduate after this upcoming season, it opens up the door for Louisville to possibly get an additional incoming player, as well, for next year, via high school or the transfer portal.
All we can say is welcome Alexia! In our interview with her earlier this year, we found her to be a delightful, well-rounded, driven individual who definitely loves the city of Louisville and the game of basketball. That sounds like a great fit for the program to us.
If you'd like to hear that April interview again: the link is below:
Jared will get you ready for Louisville women's soccer (as far as I know) and the Western Michigan match in tomorrow's column.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!