Wednesday, October 1, 2008

McBride Commits to McGraw, Notre Dame

2010 recruit Kayla McBride has verbally committed to play basketball for the University of Notre Dame. The 5-foot-11 McBride, from Erie, Pennsylvania, called Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw on Monday night with the news. She said she had seen enough to be able to make a decision.

Notre Dame is getting a good one in McBride. She is currently rated as the number 33 recruit in the ESPN Hoopgurlz Super Sixty for the class of 2010. She was being recruited by many of the top programs, including Connecticut, Bowling Green, Ohio State, USC, Stanford, Duke and Vanderbilt.

It is no secret that Notre Dame covets 2009 recruit Skylar Diggins. But, in Kayla McBride, they are assured of a guard in a similar mold.

So, why did McBride choose Notre Dame? McBride said, "I love the coaches, players and their style of play. Just as important, I feel Notre Dame is the best fit for me academically, athletically and for my future. There really is no other place like Notre Dame."

According to her coach, Doug Chuzie, Notre Dame is getting a highly skilled player. But, it is not just her physical skills that puts her in the elite category. "My favorite thing about Kayla's game is her competitive streak," Chuzie said. "I'm not sure what is more important to her winning or not losing. She brings enthusiasm and toughness with her every day to both practice and games. Kayla's passion for the game of basketball is absolutely contagious."

Ironically, McBride will not have to change school nicknames. She currently plays for the Irish in high school. And her AAU team name? None other than Irish AAU 17U (17 and under).

Welcome to Notre Dame, Kayla McBride!

*Information gathered from the ESPN article, Luck of the Irish


Dennis said...

Give an assist to assistant coach Angie (Potthoff) Barber who is also from Erie.

Anonymous said...

Anybody know the latest on Skylar Diggins? What college is her favorite?

Granger Irish said...

She is down to Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford.