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Nice job Coach Blair

Lady'Back recruiting class ranks fifth in nation
UA Women's Communications
University of Arkansas women's basketball coach Gary Blair told all who would listen last fall that his incoming class of freshmen for 2002 would be special, and one of the nation's top recruiting services for women's basketball has ranked the Lady Razorback freshman class No. 5 in the nation.

All-Star Girls Report ranked the top 40 recruiting classes for 2002, and gave Arkansas its highest rating in the long-running scouting service history.

The Lady Razorbacks were the No. 2 team among Southeastern Conference teams ranked, polling just behind fourth-ranked Georgia and finishing ahead of the sixth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols.

Blair pointed to the overall depth of the class as the reason why it got the high marks.

"You don't break into the top five based on just one player, just like you can't run at the top of the SEC with just one great player," Blair said. "That was the strength of our team last year, and we'll be even stronger this year thanks to these players."

The ranking comes a day after Arkansas rising junior Shameka Christon received her second USA Basketball national team selection.

"Again, this is a tribute to the state of Arkansas and the kind of great players we have coming out of our high schools," Blair said. "We kept the best in the state home and mixed them with two of the best from across the country."

After the fall signing period, Blair projected that he believed the recruiting class would be highly ranked in most of the recruiting publications.

"On paper, they will rank as one of the top 10 recruiting classes in the nation, and cracking the top five is a great honor," he said. "But, the true measure of any class is how they produce three or four years down the road in the SEC wars."

In the All-Star Girls Report rankings, five SEC teams were in the top 10. Besides Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee, LSU was ranked ninth and Florida 10th. Duke had the number one class according to All-Star, followed by Connecticut and Louisiana Tech.
07-12-2002 08:57 AM
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