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Coach Staley hinted at 2 2021 committments

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4 hours ago, Creature said:

In the last 48hrs -coach just tweeted about 2 Class of 21 WBB commitments. Obviously she cant see who they are and nobody seems to know who these blessings are...

Any fact based iseas?

 

Seems that one of the commitments is Saniya Rivers...#3 overall 6ft CG out of North Carolina

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Since Coach Staley can't tell names until she gets a signed letter, we have to wait for the prospects to actually make announcements of commitments. Coach Staley likes to tweet her "birdie flew into the nest" tweets ahead of them committing, so if they don't announce soon afterwards, it leaves us anxious.

At first it the early speculation from Gamecocks WBB fans were that the 2 were a class of 2021 true incoming freshman committing, and a possible transfer from another program. The early class prospects mentioned were 5* 5-8 PG Raven Johnson, out of GA, and there's been discussion on other boards of Maryland 5-11 G Taylor Mikesell possibly transferring to USC. Mikesell would be a rising Junior, so she would have to red-shirt next season unless she got a waiver. But Mikesell was a former 5* 5-9 PG out of the 2018 cycle, that is more of a combo guard, and was 1st team All-Big10 last season for MD.

Others have mentioned 2021 overall #3 6-0 G Saniya Rivers out of NC, overall #6 6-3 F Sania Feagin, out of GA, and even overall #1 5-11 G Azzi Fudd.

Now, a transfer from another program can make their announcement much sooner than a prospect who has to wait to sign. But since Coach Staley made her initial tweets above, she responded to another on twitter in a way that made it seem that both "birdies" in this case were not any transfers, but were actual members of the 2021 class. And since THAT, the talk has been brought up that one of those birdies was in fact Rivers who is joining the program. I don't know if this is entirely true, but if it is that is a huge addition to the program. It seems that Rivers brings both elite offense and defense to the table.

We'll just have to keep watching. The staff has the program running at an elite level right now....

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Coach Staley has added a 3rd commit to the 2021 class:

 

 

As with the first 2, we'll have to wait to see officially who those 3 are. But looks like the class will be another strong one. They will be added to the roster for the 2021-22 season, the season after this coming one. The big class of Boston, Cooke, Beal, Amihere, and Thompson will be Juniors that season, and Henderson, Saxton, and Wesolek will be Seniors. That team should be strong contenders for at least the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons....

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Well things continue to get more and more interesting, if not exciting about the program:

 

So it appears now we will have at least a 4-prospect 2021 class. Still do not have official word on any of the 4, but this latest tweet from Dawn cleverly (or slyly) implies the latest one may be a "big", or a post/forward position player. USC is in strong standing with 5* and overall #6 on ESPN's Hoopgurlz 6-3 F Sania Feagin, and are also in good standing with 5* and overall #22 6-3 W Teonna Key, although the word is she was leaning towards Tennessee and joining her sister Tamari Key there.

This 2021 class is turning into another stellar, possibly top 5 or better class. These girls would spend 2 years with the previous overall #1 rated 2019 class of Boston, Cooke, Beal, and Amihere, as well as 3 years with 5* Eniya Russell. Fun days ahead.....

 

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