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Already with the top incoming recruiting class in the country, Baylor fans are ecstatic today as its women’s basketball program announced the signing of Chloe Jackson out of SEC country. As a strong two-way weapon, Jackson averaged over 18 ppg and 4.7 rpg this past season at LSU– which now gives the Lady Bears a 3rd scoring option (Baylor already has its luxury frontcourt with southpaw Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox) and signals a much more balanced scoring attack.
Expect Head Coach Kim Mulkey to have a productive offseason in order to forget the bitter sting of the earlier than predicted NCAA Tournament exit as her team looks to open as one of the top 3 teams for the 2018-2019 season.
To say Maryland basketball went through the longest 14 months would be a massive understatement. After losing key players to graduation following the 2016-2017 season (both high WNBA draft picks by the way), Destiny Slocum transferring out (now at Oregon State) and then seeing an overachieving roster fall just short of another B1G championship, head coach Brenda Frese and her staff made it a major priority to reload its talent stock in order to not just win future B1G titles, but put itself back in the title favorites discussion. Already with the 5th-ranked 2018 recruiting class, Maryland announced the signing of Sara Vujacic (sister of former Laker and NBA star Sasha Vujacic) out of Walter State College in Tennessee. As a 5’11 guard, Vujacic averaged over 16 ppg, shot over 45% from deep and was an above average faciliator as well. Considering Maryland ranked 8th nationally from deep (despite having woefully inconsistent 3-point shots from all but two players), Vujacic’s arrival means that Maryland will probably stay in the top-10, if not the very top in many offensive categories.