WIR: Starks, Moore, Christian, Bright

WIR: Starks, Moore, Christian, Bright
WIR: Starks, Moore, Christian, BrightJordan Moore

TT Starks has improved her perimeter shooting which will only benefit Iowa State in years to come. *Photo by Chris Hansen.

With college elite camps in full swing across the country, there are a wealth of offers being extended to players who take advantage of that concentration of time in front of coaches. The other thing that often happens is players pull the trigger on prior offers, waiting to do it in person.

No. 28 Starks To Iowa State

T’Aire “TT” Starks of Minneapolis, Minn., gave her verbal commitment to Iowa State earlier this week. The 5-foot-10 wing carries a four-star rating and is ranked No. 28 in the ProspectsNation.com ELITE 100 for the 2015 class.

Starks is a terrific athlete who can score attacking the basket but can also produce offense without touches because she is a terrific rebounder on the offensive end of the court. She’s improving her perimeter shooting but when she gets to Ames she should be surrounded by teammates who can shoot the rock. She has a lot of similarities to Northwestern sophomore and former North Tartan club teammate Nia Coffey in terms of athleticism and versatility, she’s just a few inches shorter.

Starks, who can defend multiple positions at a high level, is the first prospect in the 2015 class to commit to the Cyclones. She chose Iowa State over finalists Georgia Tech, Kansas and Minnesota.

TCU Scores In-State Duo

New Horned Frogs head coach Raegan Pebley has wasted little time getting recruiting going in Fort Worth. She landed a 2015 and a 2016 earlier in June in ELITE 100 post Jordan Moore of Round Rock, Texas, and her Texas United club teammate Mikayla Christian, an ELITE 100 Watch List guard also from Round Rock.

Moore is a post player with a terrific frame, standing 6-4, and emerging offensive skills. She’s a canvas that Pebley, a former WNBA center herself, can look forward to developing.

Christian, a 5-8 point guard, plays the game with a lot of passion, has a strong frame that she uses well and a 3-point stroke to keep defenders honest should give TCU its floor leader as well.

In addition to the talent these two bring to the court these two pledges also show the new regime is committed to recruiting in-state, which is critical to long term success in Texas.

Grayson Bright to Texas Tech

TCU wasn’t the only school to score a commitment from Texas United last weekend. Grayson Bright, a 6-0 wing from Fort Worth, Texas, committed to Texas Tech while at the school’s elite camp last weekend. She is the first commit for Candi Whitaker in the 2016 class.

Bright, who has a four-star rating, is a knockdown shooter from long range who brings great length to the perimeter as well. She will look to replace some of the production the Lady Raiders will lose with next year’s graduating class, which includes more than 16 points and 7 rebounds per game from Amber Battle.

Texas Tech also has a verbal commitment in the 2015 class from four-star guard Erica Sanders of San Antonio, Texas.

Fitzpatrick Picks Marist

Marist picked up its first verbal commitment from the 2015 class in Maura Fitzpatrick of Cheshire, Conn. The 5-11 wing has good size and her skill level allows her to set her teammates up, something that will fit with the Red Foxes’ style of play.

Hansen is managing editor of ProspectsNation.com and a McDonald’s All-American selection committee member. He was the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012. He can be reached at chris@prospectsnation.com.

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