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WBB: Recruiting; Not Drinking the Kool-Aid Yet

The following assessment of the N. C. State 2014 women's basketball recruiting class is found in an article at GoPack:

"The 2014 signing class for NC State is a noteworthy one as it is a collection of talent that ranks among the top of the ACC," said national recruiting analyst Keil Moore. "It also fits perfectly with the style of play that the Wolfpack plans to bring to the floor. With his first recruiting class at the helm of NC State, Wes Moore and his staff were able to add talent to both the frontcourt and backcourt positions in their program."

Wes Moore signed a four player class for 2014 which includes Chloe Jackson, Akela Maize, Chelsea Nelson, and Carlee Schuhmacher. Jackson, Maize and Nelson are designated as three star recruits each with a grade of 90 by Espn's HoopGurlz while Schuhmacher is a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American.

While the recruits are tall with Jackson at five-nine, Maize at six-four, Nelson at six-one and Schuhmacher at six-one, stating that this recruiting class has talent which ranks among the top in the ACC might be a stretch.

ESPN's Hoopgurlz's rankings of the top twenty classes for 2014 shows Duke at number 2, Nortre Dame at number 5, Louisville at number 8, Virginia at number 12, Pittsburgh at number 15 and Miami at number 20.

Prospect Nation's rankings for women's basketball for 2014 classes show Louisville number 5, Duke number 6, Notre Dame number 8, Georgia Tech number 11, Virginia number 12, Wake Forest number 15, Miami number 20 and Pittsburgh number 23.

Blue Star also has ranked the 2014 recruiting classes for women's basketball. The rankings show Duke at number 4, Notre Dame at number 6, Pittsburgh at number 15, Wake Forest at number 20, Virginia at number 22, Miami at number 25, Clemson at number 29, Georgia Tech at number 31 and Virginia Tech at number 44. At least Blue Star gave State's class an honorable mention.

If State's 2014 class had talent ranked among the top of the ACC, the class would have been ranked by one of Hoopgurlz, Blue Star or Prospect Nation. If not ranked among the top of the ACC, the class is mediocre at best. One caveat is that the Hoopgurlz's rankings do not consider signed junior college players, so Schuhmacher was not considered by at least Hoopgurlz. Schuhmacher is a division II first team All-American. From an article in the Boone News Republican:

Schuhmacher averaged 16.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game for the Bears last season, coming away with 20 double-doubles in 32 contests. She helped the Bears to a 24-8 record and a second-place finish in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) with a 12-4 league record.

Schuhmacher led the ICCAC in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. She was named to the First Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-American Team.

Schuhmacher holds two DMACC school records for most points in a season (522) and average rebounds per game (11.4) in one season.

Krafcisin said many schools sought out Schuhmacher following her performances in the NJCAA All-Star Games held in Niceville, Fla. during July.

Hopefully, Schuhmacher is the "real deal" and her signing did push State's 2014 recruiting class within the top of the ACC such that the talent of the class is among the top of the ACC. History shows that an ACC team whether it be men's basketball or women's basketball does not fair well in the conference when it is soley made up of players who were ranked as three star players when coming out of high school.

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