November 14, 2018 10:17:54 PM
The No. 6 Mississippi State women's basketball team received signed National Letters of Intent from four recruits who give coach Vic Schaefer the start to another highly rated recruiting class.
Come Friday, that class could wind up higher than its current ranking of No. 19 after Rickea Jackson, the No. 9 player in the Class of 2019, makes her decision.
Monique Brown, who coaches Jackson at Detroit Edison Public School Academy, said Tuesday that Brown, a 6-foot-2 forward, is expected to make her college decision Friday. Jackson reportedly has MSU as one of her three finalists.
On Wednesday, MSU confirmed the addition of four players who give it a top-20 recruiting class, according to Dan Olson of espnW Hoop Gurlz and Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. The class includes two top-100 recruits, including Jayla Hemingway, a 5-9 guard at Houston High (Germantown, Tennessee), who is a four-star recruit who is ranked No. 88. She averaged 21.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior.
JaMya Mingo-Young, a 5-7 point guard from Louisiana's Loranger, is ranked No. 98 in the Class of 2019. She also is a four-star recruit. Young averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists as a junior. She led Loranger to a state title.
Esmery Martinez, a 6-foot forward at Hamilton Heights Christian (Chattanooga, Tennessee), and Aliyah Matharu, a 5-7 point guard at Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Maryland), are three-star prospects.
Maryland had the No. 1 class in espnW's ranking entering Wednesday, which is the first day of the early signing period.
South Carolina (No. 5), Tennessee (No. 8), Missouri (No. 11), Georgia (No. 13), and LSU (No. 20) also were ranked in the top 20.
Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.
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