Last week, once No. 1 Paul VI completed its historic 2014-15 girls’ basketball season, point guard Jasmine Whitney figured the timing was right to act on her gut feeling and end the recruiting process. It didn’t take very long to decide on a landing spot.
Whitney gave an oral commitment to Pittsburgh last Monday, capping off a junior season in which she played more minutes than any other Paul VI player for the second-straight year. Whitney picked the Panthers over Virginia Tech, Navy and Dayton.
“I just thought it was a really good fit for me and I couldn’t imagine myself going anywhere else,” Whitney said. “I had a really good relationship with the coaches and I like the team and their style of play.”
Whitney, a 5-foot-9 point guard, emerged as a cerebral weapon for Paul VI and Coach Scott Allen in recent years. Allen considered Whitney the team’s most valuable player this season, estimating she had the ball in her hands 70 percent of the time the Panthers were on the floor.
Paul VI ended up No. 1 in The Post’s final girls’ basketball rankings for the first time after winning the WCAC and VISAA titles for a second-straight season. With Whitney starting at point guard the past three years, the Panthers have won a combined 90 games.
Whitney finished as the team’s second-leading scorer this season, behind only North Carolina State signee Jonquanae Cole, even if statistics didn’t always measure her impact.
“Anybody who you talk to that watches her play, she has such a calm about her. She doesn’t get rattled,” Allen said. “She knows how to handle situations. She hits the big shot when you need a big shot. She just wins games, You may not notice her a lot — some games you may notice her, some games you may not — but she just wins. She knows where to get the ball, where it needs to go.”
The Pittsburgh women’s basketball team secured its first bid to the NCAA tournament since 2009 on Monday night, earning a No. 10 seed after compiling a 19-11 record in Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio’s second season.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 2
Number of Paul VI basketball players that have committed to Pittsburgh in the past eight days. Junior Corey Manigault, a starting big man on the Paul VI boys’ basketball team this past winter, picked Pittsburgh over Maryland, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Miami and Xavier on Monday.
- Take a look at The Post’s final boys’ basketball rankings of the year.
- DeMatha took the top spot in our rankings after rebounding from a WCAC title game loss to close the year.
- Here are The Post’s final girls’ basketball rankings of the season.
- Paul VI earned the No. 1 ranking in girls’ basketball for the first time by handling the ‘hunted’ role.
- Some superlatives from the 2014-15 boys’ basketball season.
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Bishop Ireton at Georgetown Visitation in girls’ lacrosse, 4 p.m.
Spring sports (and spring weather) have arrived this week, and the girls’ lacrosse season gets started with a highly anticipated non-conference matchup between two teams that finished in the top four of The Washington Post rankings a year ago.