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Newest Commitment Has WVU WBB On Top of 2021 Recruiting in the Big 12

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Friday evening Little Rock, Arkansas product Wynter Rogers announced her commitment to West Virginia for the 2021 recruiting class. Rogers’ commitment gives WVU head coach Mike Carey four players in his 2021 class, with all four being ESPN Top-100 recruits.

The first member of Carey’s 2021 class to verbally commit was Ohio guard Emma Shumate. Shumate (6-foot-1) committed to WVU back in October. Shumate was named Division-I First Team All-Ohio by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association after helping Newark High School to a 26-2 record last season. ESPN has Shumate as a four-star recruit, the 61st best recruit in the 2021 class and the 22nd best guard.

Following Shumate, in November Virginian guard Messiah Hunter verbally committed to WVU as well. Hunter (6-foot-1) helped Hopewell High School in Hopewell, Virginia to a 19-5 record. She was named First-Team 3A All-State by the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA) following the season. Hunter is a four-star recruit, the 55th best recruit in the class and the 20th best guard, according to ESPN.

After a few months, Carey again added to the class when Ja’Naiya Quinerly committed in March. Quinerly (5-foot-6) is another guard from Virginia. The VHSCA named Quinerly the 4A Player-of-the-Year and USA Today named her second-team Virginia after she helped Lake Taylor High School to a 18-6 record. ESPN has Quinerly as a five-star recruit, No. 51 and the No. 10 point guard.

Finally, Rogers’ commitment rounds out Carey’s impressive 2021 class. Rogers (5-foot-11) is a wing from Little Rock Christian Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Rogers was named third-team all-state in Arkansas after a 23-6 senior season. ESPN rates Rogers as a three-star recruit and the No. 100 ranked prospect and the No. 13 ranked wing in the 2021 class.

Compared to other Big 12 schools, Carey’s class stands out both in terms of quantity and quality, as no other team has as many as four commitments and only Texas has more than one ESPN Top-100 recruit.

Team Recruits ESPN Top-100
Baylor 1 1
Iowa State 2 0
Kansas 0 0
Kansas State 3 0
Oklahoma 3 0
Oklahoma State 3 1
TCU 1 0
Texas 2 2
Texas Tech 1 0
West Virginia 4 4

Right now, there are eight 2021 ESPN Top-100 recruits committed to Big 12 teams. West Virginia leads the way with four, Texas has two while Oklahoma State and Baylor each have one.

Baylor has Maryam Dauda, a forward from Arkansas. ESPN has her as a five-star recruit and No. 24 in the class. Committed to Oklahoma State is Texas wing Tori Garza. Garza is a four-star recruit, No. 68 in the class, according to ESPN. Finally, Texas has both Aaliyah Moore and Rori Harmon committed. Moore is an Oklahoma forward, No. seven in the nation and Harmon is a Texas guard, No. 20 in the class.

With just three seniors set to be on WVU’s roster in 2020-21, Carey might be able to stand pat with the four-woman class he has put together thus far.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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