UK Women's Basketball

Cats go coast to coast to get 2 commitments

Two players from opposite ends of the country have chosen to play college basketball at Kentucky next season.

Porsha Postell of New York and Brittany Henderson of California gave UK and Coach Matthew Mitchell their oral commitments over the weekend.

Postell, a 5-foot-10 combination guard from White Plains, is rated the second-highest recruit out of the state of New York behind Shenneika Smith, who has not committed but has UK high on her list.

Postell also is rated No. 63 overall by the All-Star Girls Report and led the state of New York in scoring last season at 27.5 points a game.

"She can shoot from anywhere," said her Woodlands High School coach, Siobhan McDermott. "Teams triple-team her, double-team her; they just can't stop her. She just knows the court. She knows where her teammates are. She's aware of the game in all aspects."

Postell, who plays all five positions for her high school team, chose UK over West Virginia, St. John's, South Carolina and Seton Hall.

Henderson, a 6-1 forward from Pasadena, chose the Cats over Providence, Arizona, Santa Barbara and Houston.

"She told me it was the family atmosphere at Kentucky that made the difference," said Ray Mays, Henderson's AAU coach in California. "She enjoyed the competition there. She said the coaching staff and the conference really separated Kentucky."

Henderson's sister Tierra is a senior guard at UCLA. Henderson's high school teammate Eliza Pierre, rated the No. 22 prospect in the country by ESPN's HoopGurlz, has committed to California.

Henderson's averages (15 points, nine rebounds, two blocks a game) aren't eye-popping, but Mays said she does so much more than the statistics show.

Henderson has had to as a part of one of the top AAU programs in the country for the past couple of years.

"She's had to find ways to be an asset," Mays said. "She does that by working so hard. She's going to bring that X-factor. She'll do all the dirty work. She'll get every loose ball. She dives. She'll get every rebound. Defense is really her strongest suit."

Henderson is extremely athletic and can "jump out of the gym," Mays said, but more importantly, she's a solid team player and never needs to be the star.

"She's a coach's dream. She doesn't complain," he said. "She does whatever she needs to do."