Kentucky women beat out UConn for top-25 recruit

jsmith3@herald-leader.comJune 18, 2014 

A physical power forward with what one analyst called "a ceiling through the roof" committed to Kentucky's women's basketball team after a recent visit.

Batouly Camara, rated as one of the top 25 women's basketball players in the nation by multiple recruiting services, is a big recruit for UK in more ways than one.

"I really expect her to be a WNBA player when she graduates," recruiting analyst Bret McCormick said of Camara, a 6-foot-2 power forward out of Blair Academy in New Jersey. "She's great around the basket. Her ceiling is through the roof."

Camara, rated the second best power forward in the country by McCormick's All-Star Girls Report, was one of 28 players invited to the USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials.

Blair Academy's website listed Connecticut, Louisville, Princeton, Virginia, Northwestern and Michigan as schools interested in the 2015 prospect rated as the No. 21 player overall by ESPN.

McCormick, who announced the commitment on Twitter, said Camara's finalists probably were UK and the Huskies.

"She's a different type player that Kentucky didn't have, and that's why Connecticut wanted her, too," he said of Camara, who averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds last season. "She's 6-2, but she's a big, strong, athletic kid."

The analyst said she can have an immediate impact for Coach Matthew Mitchell's Cats.

"She's a sponge; she wants to work," he said. "Whatever you tell her to do, she wants to do. She wants to get better every day. ... She's got a high motor. She works hard."

Camara joins guards Maci Morris of Bell County and Morgan Rich of Allen County-Scottsville — two top 100 prospects — as Kentucky's third commitment for 2015.

The Wildcats also have a commitment from one 2016 prospect, guard Lindsey Corsaro of Indianapolis.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: ukwomen.bloginky.com.

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