UofL BASKETBALL | Women's team signs top-ranked class

11/10/2016 07:30 PM

Jeff Walz has done it again. The University of Louisville Women’s Basketball team inked the top ranked signing class for the second time in three years.

The class consists of three 5-star prospects, all of which are ranked in the top-25 of the ESPN W HoopGurlz rankings. Dana Evans, a guard from Gary, Indiana is the highest rated recruit of the three. She is listed as the seventh best overall player according to ESPN.

Then there is Louisville native Lindsey Duvall. The Bullitt East high school senior sat out her junior year, but average over 20 points as a sophomore and eclipsed 1,000 career points that same season. she is the number 22 player in the 2017 class.

The third signee for U of L was post player Loretta Kakala from California. She is ranked 25 according to ESPN and averaged 16 points and 8.5 rebounds.

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz and his staff consistently have shown their ability to succeed on the collegiate level, evident by the program’s continuous stronghold on weekly top-10 rankings.

It helps when the group has a keen eye for special players at the prep level.

For the second time in the last three years, the Cardinals’ coaching staff compiled the nation’s No. 1 signing class, according to espnW HoopGurlz. Three five-star prospects signed and submitted their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to continue their basketball careers at Louisville.

The Cardinals’ coaching staff secured commitments from elite stars in three different states, consisting of Lindsey Duvall, a 5-foot-9 guard from Mt. Washington, Ky.; Dana Evans, a 5-foot-6 guard from Gary, Ind.; and, Loretta Kakala, a 6-foot-3 forward from Manteca, Calif.

Since 2010, Walz and his staffs have built six top-10 classes. The Cardinals welcomed the No. 6 class last year, the No. 1 class in 2015, the No. 5 class in 2010, and the eighth-best group in 2014. Overall, Walz and his staff have signed seven McDonald’s All-Americans – with this year’s honorees still yet to be announced.

Garrett Moore

Garrett joined cn|2 as Sports Producer in July 2015. Garrett is a Kentucky native who has been enveloped by Kentucky sports culture his entire life. He is excited to contribute to the cn|2 team by covering sports in the state he loves. Outside the office, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and being a sports spectator at every level.

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