Riverdale Baptist is pretty much always a recruiting hot spot for girls’ basketball. At the moment, the back court is particularly warm.
Guards Chloe Jackson, Auteaonna Gilmore and Chania Ray all were juniors this past season, and Ray (James Madison) is the only one of the three who has committed to a college. That leaves Jackson and Gilmore, both among the ESPN “Super 60” for 2014, available.
The 5-foot-9 Jackson led Riverdale in scoring this season at 15.4 points per game, made a team-high 54 three-pointers and was named to the all-tournament team at the Nike Tournament of Champions.
The 5-8 Gilmore led the Crusaders (29-6) in assists (9.5 per game) and steals (5.8) and also averaged 10 points.
“We do kind of talk amongst each other,” Jackson said of how she and her teammates handle the recruiting process. “Me and ‘onna, we always talk about it. But we’re all also separate. We all do our own thing.”
For now, Jackson is particularly interested in Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville, N.C. State and James Madison. She has visited JMU, George Washington and Delaware and is likely to make a trip to Virginia Tech. She said those four schools have offered scholarships.
Jackson said she is looking for “sisterhood, [a place] known for a good program where I can come in and probably do something and be able to play, good coaching staff and something that has my major.” Jackson plans to study sports broadcasting and journalism.
“I’m very excited about [committing],” Jackson said. “I’m not anxious about it. Just calm, ready for it to happen, but not anxious.”
Gilmore mentioned to me this season that she wants to major in criminal justice and perhaps become a homicide detective like the investigators on one of her favorite TV shows, “The First 48.”
NHSI comes to town
The pairings have been set for the National High School Invitational basketball tournament set for April 4-6 at Georgetown Prep. The event will be televised on ESPN. Below are the pairings and the teams’ seedings:
Thursday, April 4
No. 3 Prime Prep (Texas) vs. No. 6 Blanche Ely (Fla.), noon
No. 4 St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) vs. No. 5 La Lumiere (Ind.), 2
No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. No. 7 Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 4
No. 1 Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. No. 8 Montrose Christian, 6
Friday, April 5
No. 1 Spalding vs. No. 4 Dillard (Fla.), 10:30 a.m.
No. 2 Dr. Phillips (Fla.) vs. No. 3 Life Center Academy (N.J.), 12:30 pm
Semifinals, 2:30 and 4:30
Saturday, April 6
Girls’ final, 11 a.m.
Boys’ final, 1 p.m.
Unbeaten Findlay Prep is the defending boys’ champion. Dr. Phillips is the defending girls’ champion.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 1-13
The shooting line for North Carolina senior guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (T.C. Williams) in the third-seeded Tar Heels’ 78-69 loss to sixth-seeded Delaware on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Ruffin-Pratt, who scored a career-high 30 points in the first-round win over Albany, played the final 11:55 with four fouls Tuesday.
Junior center Kelsey Buchanan (Freedom-South Riding) had three points and three rebounds in 17 minutes for Delaware, which won its 27th straight game and reached the round of 16 for the first time.
I have a feature today on T.C. Williams pitcher Alec Grosser, who you might say took the long road to becoming a major league prospect.
Be sure to read Eric Detweiler’s game story on Gonzaga lacrosse’s win over DeMatha. Here’s our highlight package from the game:
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
As if one plug for the Grosser story were not enough, here’s another. He is scheduled to pitch at McLean at 2 p.m. today. Defending Virginia AAA champion Lake Braddock (4 p.m. vs. Stone Bridge) also is at home this afternoon.