Stanford’s women’s basketball picked up its second verbal commitment for the class of 2012 when Tess Picknell of South Medford (Oregon) High School committed to the Cardinal.
The Medford Tribune reported her commitment last week,
Picknell, a 6-5 post player, is not rated nearly as high as Stanford’s other commit, Alyson Beebe, who is rated the nation;s No. 6 overall recruit for the class, accoring to ESPN HoopGurlz. In fact, Picknell is not rated among HoopGurlz’s top 100 recruits. She is probably right on the cusp, however, because HoopGurlz ranks her as the No. 11 post player in the class, and 10 post players are rated among the top 100 overall.
Her junior year numbers were fairly modest, averaging 13.0 points and 9.8 rebounds, but it her shot-blocking ability that has attracted attention. She averaged 4.9 blocks as a junior and had 13 blocks in one game last season.
And she seems to be on the rise, receiving compliments for her play during the summer. This what HoopGurlz said about her after one summer camp:
“All the tools and possibilities are becoming more and more obvious for this 6-5 post. Appearing leaner and fitter than in the past, she’s an imposing physical presence posting up or clogging the middle of the paint. On the block, she works for the ball aggressively, presents a target and has a good understanding of angles as well as her positioning around the rim. Her wingspan allows her to create space between her and a defender, while her hands are more than capable of pulling in an errant pass or two. One previously and seemingly apparent asset that now appears less prevalent is her physical strength. Several times she was tied up or stripped on the catch by smaller and physically less-prominent opponents. Keeping it high, attacking aggressively and some extended time in the weight room will pay huge dividends as she prepares to move on to the next level. Defensively, her awareness is obvious as you see her keeping a line of sight with her matchup and the ball, and her positioning is generally smart and well thought out. Her movement in any rotation is still more of a thought than a reaction and leaves her a split-second late in providing help. In the full court though, her ability to get up and down is impressive for an athlete of her size and an indication of the potential that lies in front of her.”
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the story in the Medford paper is that when Stanfprd coach Tara VanDerveer called her to tell Picknell she had been accepted to Stanford and would be offered a scholarship, VanDerveer told her to talk to her parents and call her back with her response. Typically, coaches will try to press for a commitment immediately.
Stanford probably will add one more member to its class for 2012.
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