This may be a first in the history of LMU basketball. All six incoming Lions men’s and women’s recruits has been nominated as McDonald All-American nominees. With five graduating men’s seniors, there will be plenty of opportunity for such a talented class to push for immediate playing time and an immediate impact on the court.
The incoming women’s recruits who are ranked in 50 and 53 in the top 100 recruits in America, will be joined by McDonald’s All- America Gabby Green who transferred from Cal, and 6-5 Minnesota transfer Josie Buckingham.
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Once again, Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU should finish at the top of the West Coast Conference standings. After that trio of teams, it could be anybody who fills spots 4-8. In fact, I changed the order of finish about six times. The first part of the schedule is favorable to a couple of those teams, and a few early wins could breed some unexpected confidence and propel one of those teams to a top-5 finish in what we know to be yet another poor year for the WCC past the top 3 spots.
In the 1980’s, the highly successful television sitcom, Cheers, opened its show with an immediately recognizable theme song about the neighborhood bar, “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You want to be where you can see, the troubles are all the same, you wanna be where everybody knows your name.” For every city, town, and hometown in America, there lies a watering hole, bar, or restaurant that fits the Cheers theme song perfectly and in Westchester, that establishment is undeniably Tower Pizza.
Aquira DeCosta, a 6-2 wing from Sacramento, California is ranked as one of the best players in nation in the 2018 class. She is the # 6 prospect overall and ranked #1 at her position. Undoubtedly DeCosta has a very long list of schools from across the nation recruiting her. Recently, she cut her this list down to 14 schools and LMU was included.
By Iron Lion
The 2017 LMU WBB recruiting class is the best in program history. Head Coach Charity Elliott and Associate Head Coach April Phillips, and the rest of the staff have put together an astounding class. There have been some really excellent players to suit up for the Lions, but this group is nothing like I have ever seen in 20 years following the women’s program.
Elizjah Scott as 6’5 SF has committed to LMU. Scott is the third player from southern California who has committed to the Lions for the 2017 class. The recent success of recruiting local players can be attributed to assistant coach Reggie Morris, who Eric Sondheimer wrote about in the LA Times- story can be read here.
Zafir Williams, a 6-6 PF from Long Beach and Ryse Williams a 6-2 SG from Redondo beach have committed to LMU.