Bullitt East basketball star Lindsey Duvall committed to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, giving Matthew Mitchell one of the biggest recruiting victories during his tenure as Wildcats' coach.
Duvall — a 5-foot-9 prospect in the class of 2017 — is ranked by ESPN as the No. 3 point guard in her class and the No. 10 overall junior in the country. Though she's listed as a point guard and has the ability to play that position, Kentucky Premier AAU coach David Tapley said she'll more than likely be a two-guard at UK.
"Kentucky is getting a kid who can flat shoot the ball," Tapley told the Herald-Leader. "The one thing that she really improved on this year is she became a lot better off the bounce. She has really improved on creating her shot.
"This summer, she just lit it up. She didn't miss. She has the ability to score the basketball at a high rate."
Duvall chose the Wildcats over fellow finalists Louisville and Michigan. She had many other scholarship offers, and schools such as Connecticut and Notre Dame were still calling to express interest in her recruitment.
"This kid had so many offers, I can't even tell you who all she had offers from," Tapley said. "My phone was ringing off the hook with coaches calling about her."
Duvall averaged 23.7 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season and has been playing varsity ball since the seventh grade.
Her commitment is a major recruiting coup for Mitchell and the Cats, who already have class of 2017 commitments from 6-4 post player Madison Treece and 5-6 point guard Kameron Roach, both considered Top 100 players.
ESPN's recruiting rankings date to 2007, and Duvall joins Linnae Harper as UK's only top-10 commitments in that span. Harper announced last month that she would transfer after two seasons in Lexington.