North Carolina and Duke landed perhaps the country’s top two women’s basketball recruiting classes Wednesday.
The Tar Heels and Blue Devils each signed four players – all ranked in ESPNU’s top 50.
Leading the way for the Tar Heels was Diamond DeShields, a 6-foot-2 wing from Norcross, Ga., who is ranked third nationally and is the daughter of former Major League Baseball player Delino DeShields.
Duke’s top player is 6-1 guard Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro, Ky., the country’s sixth-ranked player.
Rounding out the Tar Heels’ class is No. 7 Allisha Gray, a guard from Washington County (Ga.), No. 14 Jessica Washington, a guard from Jenks, Okla., and No. 23 Stephanie Mavunga, a 6-2 forward from Brownsburg, Ind.
Joining Greenwell at Duke is No. 10 Oderah Chidom, a guard from Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, Calif.; No. 12 Kendall Cooper, a 6-3 center from Carson, Calif.; and No. 32 Kianna Holland, a point guard from Seneca, S.C.
The country’s top player, 6-5 center Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., will attend Tennessee.
The ACC got the No. 2 player when guard Kaela Davis of Buford, Ga., committed to Georgia Tech.
South Carolina also got a commitment from a top 50 player, 6-4 center Alaina Coates from Dutch Fork High in Irmo, S.C.
49ers sign 5
The Charlotte 49ers’ women’s program signed five players:
• Tanisha Brown, 5-11, G, Myrtle Beach High: Averaged 13.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.6 blocks and 2.6 steals as a junior, despite a knee injury that sidelined her after January. Ranked by one publication as the No. 2 player in South Carolina.
• Mylia Garner, 6-0, F, Jordan-Matthews High: Averaged 19.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.5 assists as a junior on a team that went 31-0 and won the N.C. 2A title. Was state tournament MVP.
• Ciara Gregory, 5-7, G, Jeannette (Pa.) High: Averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals, 4.8 assists as a junior. Had a 50-point game that included a 50-footer made at the halftime buzzer.
• Kenya Olley, 6-3, F, Spartanburg Dorman High: Averaged 13.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior, and was an 80 percent free-throw shooter.
• Danielle Webster, 5-8, G, Norfolk (Va.) Christian: Averaged 19.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.7 steals, 4.4. assists as a junior and was all-state second team.