Help is on the way for the Virginia women's basketball team.
Joanne Boyle announced on Wednesday that three highly-recruited players have signed letters of intent with the school. Aliyah Huland El, Lauren Moses and Mikayla Venson will be Cavaliers beginning with the 2014-15 season.
The class was ranked No. 12 by ESPN-W HoopGurlz. This is the second-straight year that Boyle has signed a top-15 recruiting class with the 2013 class having been ranked No. 10.
“I am very excited about the additions of Mikayla, Aliyah, and Lauren to our program,” Boyle said. “They are quality young women and are passionate about becoming part of the Cavalier family. Beyond their talent, they all have the intangibles that will make them great college basketball players, including a competitiveness and drive to be the best. I look for all three of them to come in and elevate our program to another level.”
Venson, a 5-6 point guard from Arlington, Va., is a five-star prospect and the highest-rated recruit among the three, ranked No. 16 overall by Full Court with ESPN-W HoopGurlz listing her at No. 7 for her position.
“Mikayla Venson is one of the best point guards in the country and possesses an infectious tenacity,” Boyle said. “She is a vocal leader with great basketball IQ and has shown to be a true floor general. She has a high motor, loves the open-court game and can really shoot the ball. Mikayla will allow us to be more of a running team and will also be a spark for us on the defensive side of the ball.”
Aliyah Huland El, a 6-1 wing from Randolph, N.J., another five-star recruit, is ranked by ESPN-W HoopGurlz at No. 15 at her position, while Full Court rates her at No. 23 overall.
“Aliyah Huland El is a long, athletic wing who is quite versatile,” Boyle said. “I think she will be a nightmare to match up against. Aliyah, similar to Mikayla, is a true competitor with a lot of fight in her. She is one of the best open-court players in the 2014 class and with the ability to shoot the ball or take it to the rim. Aliyah is a great rebounding guard and can go coast to coast. Her versatility will enable her to play multiple positions on the defensive end of the court.”
Lauren Moses, a 6-1 forward from Mount Holly, N.J., is ranked by Prospect Nation as the No. 75 overall recruit and the No. 20 at her position.
“Lauren Moses is one of the most versatile post players in this 2014 class,” Boyle said. “She can really stretch the defense and is very mobile for her size. Lauren can shoot the three, take people off the dribble and play with her back to the basket. She is very skilled and is a high-energy player with good speed and rebounding skills.”