Coach Muffet McGraw's Notre Dame women's basketball team has been in
elite company, reaching back-to-back national championship games the
past two seasons.
She has landed a couple players to help keep the Irish there.
Notre Dame received verbal commitments for the Class of 2013 from two
top 60 players, 5-foot-8 point guard Lindsay Allen of Mitchellville,
Md., and 6-foot-3 post Kristina Nelson of Buford, Ga. Both are ranked
No. 5 at their position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
“Lindsay is a great point guard,” said recruiting expert Bret
McCormick of All-Star Girls Report. “She handles the ball very well.
She's good at running the team.
“Lindsay is probably more of a true point guard. She's a good ‘get'
for Notre Dame. She really has a good step-back jumper and a high
According to McCormick, Nelson is a powerful frontliner who will give
the Irish a dimension they haven't had with the four-guard lineup and
the athletic Devereaux Peters at the post.
“Kristina Nelson is like a power forward,” McCormick said. “She's a
big bodied, strong kid. Notre Dame hasn't had anybody like that for a
while. Devereaux Peters was more athletic and explosive.
“Nelson could play the 5 if Notre Dame needed her to. She's good at
scoring around the bucket and rebounding, and she can score off of
Allen chose Notre Dame over Stanford, Boston College, Syracuse and
Virginia. She is rated the No. 23 prospect overall for the Class of
2013. Nelson, who is ranked No. 30 overall, picked the Irish over
Duke, UCLA, Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Allen averaged 17 points and six assists a game for St. John's High School.
“Notre Dame is a great school academically,” Allen said. “That was
very important to me. I really enjoyed my official visit there last
Allen is comfortable with the fast-paced Irish style.
“I like to get up and down the court,” Allen said. “I love to run. I
play a similar style to Notre Dame (in AAU and high school). I put a
lot of emphasis on getting everybody involved.”
Nelson, who was unavailable for comment, averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds.
The Buford High School standout was hampered by a shoulder injury much
of the season.
Notre Dame, Maryland and North Carolina are currently the only schools
with two top 60 verbal commitments. The Irish also have a verbal
commitment from 6-foot-4 Diamond Thompson of Lombard, Ill.