March 28, 2013
The Vanderbilt women's basketball program has already started looking to the 2013-14 season. Head Coach Melanie Balcomb's squad will welcome three freshmen to West End, combining to make the nation's eighth ranked class according to espnW's HoopGurlz.
Rebekah Dahlman, Marqu'es Webb and Kylee Smith, who have all recently wrapped-up their prep careers, will begin at Vanderbilt this fall. In addition to all three leading their high schools to at least the quarterfinals of their respective state tournaments, they have or will see action in various all-star contests.
Kylee Smith - Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta)
Smith helped power Alpharetta to the Georgia Class 6-A quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The guard was huge in the team's first two playoff games, posting 23 points and 10 rebounds in a first round win before scoring 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the second round victory. In January, she became the first player in Alpharetta history to score 2,000 career points.
Smith recently earned MVP honors in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Showcase, scoring a game-high 28 points to lead the North Senior All-Stars to a 104-64 win over the South.
Marqu'es Webb - Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
Webb has collected several honors to cap her career, including Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and Birmingham Metro Player of the Year from the Birmingham News. As a senior, she averaged 15.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, leading Hoover to its second straight Class 6-A state title. She posted 29 points and 22 rebounds in the state championship game, helping Hoover to a 66-55 win.
In addition to earning state tournament MVP honors for the second time, Webb picked-up MVP honors for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, posting 17 points in a 64-54 victory for Alabama.
Hoover's Marqu'es Webb selected girls Birmingham Metro Player of the Year
Rebekah Dahlman - Braham, Minn. (Braham Area)
On April 3, Dahlman will become Vanderbilt's first McDonalds All-American since 2009 (Stephanie Holzer) when she plays for the West Squad in the annual contest. She is also a two-time Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year award winner.
Dahlman became the first female in Minnesota high school history to score 5,000 career points when she poured in 40 in a quarterfinal victory. She helped Braham Area High School to the Class 2-A championship game, where the Bombers dropped their only game of the season, 60-59. She averaged 35.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game this year, earning Minnesota Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press.
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