LSU women’s basketball Kim Mulkey signed the No. 1 recruiting class
There are several attributes that come with signing the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class as a whole. From understanding the national program to perhaps on a more detailed level, bragging about a conference.
Finishing at the top of that list can serve as a signal, introspectively, to coaches as well as future recruits.
Kim Mulkey and LSU signed women’s college basketball’s No. 1 recruiting class of 2023 on Wednesday. They brought in Mikayla Williams, the nation’s top player at combo guard from Bossier City, Louisiana, and the nation’s No. 1 post player in Aaliyah Del Rosario (Nashville). LSU rounds out its class with two more nationally-ranked recruits: guard Angelica Wells (No. 44), Del Rosario’s high school teammate at Webb School in Nashville, and Janay Kenti (No. 73), a wing from Illinois.
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Any rank in #1 is significant. But for Mulkey, the importance of landing the No. 1 class cannot be measured in just his second year. He said Thursday that he couldn’t have predicted the day he was hired at LSU that he and his staff have already had this recruiting success, but he knew they would do their best.
“We’re very excited that that class is ranked No. 1 in the country. Why? Because it brings attention to LSU and our program,” Mulkey said.
“It doesn’t bring wins or championships. I can say that and attribute it to my first championship team in ’05. [at Baylor]. Those children did not have numbers in front of their names. You can’t get caught up in the numbers because it’s someone else’s opinion. You have to work and evaluate what you are looking for. We welcome ratings as we try to be relevant. We’re chasing guys who have been planning for a long time, not just in our league but around the country. We work hard.”
Williams del Rosario and Wells, as well as current players such as sophomore forward Angel Reyes, who transferred from Maryland in the offseason, cited Mulkey and his willingness to coach as one of the main reasons they chose to sign with LSU. are
But Mulkey balked at being drafted for the four recruits the Tigers officially landed this week. He believes he’s learned since his time at LSU that branding matters, there’s more at stake.
“I don’t see myself the way you guys see me. I’m just a country girl from Louisiana and I always will be. I don’t take my opinions or statements to be influential or heavy handed. If you start watching Maliki say that you That’s how you changed. “I never change.
“How did we get this No. 1 class in the country? Well, let’s write out the pros and cons so that the next guy we get can be ranked right up there. We’re having these conversations and coaches are like, ” Kim is what you are. I say, “No it doesn’t.” My return to them is that in this day and age, brand matters. NIL stuff is important. Season tickets are important. When you see the recruits come and watch that, it’s just as impressive to me as the coach that they come to play. To. I look at it that way. I understand that every recruit is different.
I never excelled at a university. I’ve been to Louisiana Tech, Baylor, and here. I have never seen Brandi like you in the whole university. It was an eye opener for me. We enter the homes of the soldiers before we win the championship here. It has to be a combination of all of these.”
Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers and Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow coverage of the Tigers and Cajuns on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Questions about LSU/UL athletics? Send them to Corey Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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