Nov. 15, 2012
With the signings of Rebekah Dahlman, Marqu'es Webb and Kylee Smith to national letters of intent on Wednesday, November 14, Vanderbilt women's basketball Head Coach Melanie Balcomb and her staff have put together one of the top classes in the country.
After a day of waiting for national letters of intent to arrive, Balcomb caught up with VUCommodores.com to talk about the class.
All three players can be found on ESPN's HoopGurlz Top 100 and each ranks among the top 20 at their respective positions. HoopGurlz also singled out Vanderbilt's class in its A-to-Z Guide to Signing Week:
V: Vanderbilt. It should be smooth sailing for years to come for coach Melanie Balcomb and the Commodores. With No. 16 Rebekah Dahlman a 5-9 guard; No. 21 Marqu'es Webb, a 6-foot forward, and No. 62 Kylee Smith, a 5-11 guard, Vanderbilt's class measures up with the best of the best.
All Star Girls Report ranks the class at No. 12 in the country, while Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranks the class 13th nationally and third in the Southeastern Conference. BlueStar Report has the new crop of Commodores as the No. 15 class in the country.
Peach State Basketball had Vanderbilt with one of the top classes, as well: PeachStateBasketball.com.
Dahlman checks-in as the No. 16 recruit on the HoopGurlz Top 100 list. The 5-9 guard is already the all-time leading scorer in Minnesota girls basketball history with 3,895 points through just three seasons. She is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota.
Webb ranks 21st according to HoopGurlz. The 6-1 post player has won a pair of Alabama state titles. She led Montgomery's Brewbaker Tech to a state title in 2010, averaging 16.3 points and 18.8 rebounds per game and earning Class 4-A Player of the Year honors. This past year, she helped Hoover to a state title and a final national ranking of eighth.
Smith is the 62nd-ranked player in the nation according to HoopGurlz. Like Dahlman, she already hold's her school's career scoring record. The Alpharetta High School standout has 1,592 career points and has averaged better than 17 points per game during all three seasons in high school. She has led Alpharetta to at least the Sweet 16 of the Georgia Class 5-A playoffs during all three seasons.