Coach Walz and his staff have done it AGAIN!!! The Louisville Women’s Basketball team has added their first commitment in the class of 2021 and folks they didn’t disappoint.
Payton Verhulst is the 8th ranked player by Hoopgurlz and the 10th overall player by Prospects Nation.
— Payton Verhulst (@payton_verhulst) April 10, 2020
The consensus 5 star 6’1 guard choose Louisville over offers and interest from schools such as: Arizona State, Notre Dame, UConn, Missouri, and Oregon to name a few.
Payton Verhulst is from De Soto, Kansas and plays her high school ball at Bishop Miege High School. Payton led her team to a 21-2 record while averaging 18 ppg, 7 rpg, 4 apg, and 2.5 bpg.
Louisville will be getting a very talented, decorated, and experienced player in Payton Verhulst. Verhulst was named 1st team Class 4A-1 All-State 2018, USA Today 1st team All-Kansas 2019, a USA U16 National Team member in 2019, and Kansas Gatorade Player Of The Year 2020.
Payton Verhulst brings with her a well rounded set of skills. Payton is exceptionally good at creating her own shot and is what I like to call a mid-range specialist. She possesses a good enough 3 ball to keep every defense honest. Verhulst can play the 1-3 (point guard, shooting guard, and small forward) and, with her exceptional ability to rebound and handle the ball, she can wreak havoc on teams with her ability to attack in transition. Perhaps the most important yet underrated part, or the least talked about part, of Payton’s game is her willingness to pass. She is an incredibly unselfish team player.
With the first commitment down, I expect Coach Walz and his staff to continue to go after high quality young women that can defend and shoot. Louisville has been a few stops here and there, a missed call, and a missed putback from either winning a championship or making it back to the championship game. The 2021 class, like the classes before, will be special and will help the Cards get closer to capturing that illusive 1st championship.