Fresh off traveling around the world recruiting, coach Walz turns his attention back to some of his main targets here in America.
Louisville women’s basketball is looking to perhaps sign their biggest and most talented class in the Jeff Walz era.
Already with Nyah Green 6’1 guard (ESPNW #12 player) and Ramani Parker 6’4 F (ESPNW #99 player) Louisville is looking to add more talent. This weekend is hosting Zia Cooke (ESPNW #7), Aijha Blackwell (ESPNW #8) and Rickea Jackson (ESPNW #9).
Zia Cooke stands 5’9 and is rated #7 by Hoopgurlz.com. The Ohio native plays for Rogers High School and averaged 24 points, six rebounds and assists last season as a junior on her way to an Ohio state championship.
An elite ultra athletic floor general with great handles and combo skills, Cooke is well deserving of her number seven ranking. Zia Cooke can score the ball with the best players, gets in the paint with ease. Ms.Cooke is also a very good defender and reads passing lanes very well. She was also a member of the USA under 16 and 17 teams in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Aijha Blackwell, the ultra athletic 6’0 prospect from Whitfield high school in Berkeley Missouri is also on campus today. Blackwell averaged 24 points eight rebounds and 2.6 steals as a junior for Whitfield. Blackwell well is visiting Louisville after she had a great visit to her hometown school Missouri last weekend.
Blackwell is a big shot taker and maker with an extremely quick first step. She’s a good rebounder is very active and disruptive in the passing lane. Aijha loves to get out in transition and use her athleticism. Ms. Blackwell is also a handful in half courts set too as she exploits any and every mismatch, which is a great fit for coach Walz as he loves creating mismatches for his players. Aijha Blackwell was a member of the USA under 18 team this summer.
Ms. Rickea Jackson, 2018 Gatorade player of the year is also on campus today. The 6’3 Jackson is a do-it-all player from Michigan is ranked #9 player and a versatile wing player from Michigan, whose an instant mismatch every time she steps on the floor. Ms. Jackson is a 3 year starter at Detroit Edison Public Academy averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists a game as a junior.
Coach Walz and his staff are continuing to put in the effort on the recruiting trail to bring in the best of the best players to the campus of Louisville.