Does it mean something when you sign the No. 18 post player in the country? How about if you also sign the No. 24 overall player and No. 5 point guard in the country?
If you’re a team coming off a 6-24 year, where people were shaking their heads about the play on the floor, yeah, it probably means a lot.
Over the last two weeks, C. Vivian Stringer has brought in those players to boost a program that has struggled in recent years. They are players that should make a big impact when they hit the hardwood next year.
Tyia Singleton is a 6-2 forward from Winter Haven, Florida and is ranked as the No. 18 post player in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Singleton joins Zipporah Broughton as the second member of the 2018 signing class. Broughton, a 5-7 guard from Wetumpka, Alabama and the No. 24 overall player and No. 5 point guard in the country according to ESPN Hoopgulz, signed with the Scarlet Knights on November 8. She is a five star player.
The latest ESPN-W HoopGurlz class rankings are as of November 16. And unlike football or men’s basketball, it only includes the Top 25. Only two Big Ten teams - Maryland at 5 and Michigan at 12 - are on the list. At this point in time, 99 of the top 100 on the ESPN-W list are committed somewhere.
Do two players make a complete “turnaround” in the program’s future? Hardly. But with the two signings, Stringer does address her graduating seniors, Tyler Scaife (18.3 ppg) and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, plus graduate student Nigia Greene. Scaife was rated the top point guard in the country and No. 9 overall recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz when she came out of high school. Greene was the No. 41 player when she went to Miami. At the very least, talent is being replaced by comparable [high level] talent. And that’s a good thing.