UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky women sign 12th-ranked recruiting class

Maci Morris of Bell County drove to the basket against Whitley County during the semifinals of last season's 13th Region Tournament. (Jay Compton/Middlesboro Daily News)
Maci Morris of Bell County drove to the basket against Whitley County during the semifinals of last season's 13th Region Tournament. (Jay Compton/Middlesboro Daily News)

The University of Kentucky women's basketball team officially announced Friday four players in its 2015 signing class, which is ranked No. 12 nationally by the All-Star Girls Report.

The class is Kentucky's sixth straight ranked No. 20 or better and includes two in-state stars in guards Maci Morris and Morgan Rich.

"Kentucky got four good recruits," ASGR analyst Bret McCormick said. "Batouly Camara is the headliner. She has a college-ready body and a very high motor. She could develop into something special."

Camara, a 6-foot-2 forward from New York City, was rated the ninth-best post player in the country by ESPN and the No. 2 power forward by ASGR.

"I would characterize her as a power post player, very good athlete, can really move, can run and great explosive jumping ability, but real tough, really well put together," Mitchell said. "She is very, very strong and is very energetic on the court."

Batouly chose the Wildcats over Connecticut, Louisville, Michigan, Virginia, Oklahoma, Princeton and Northwestern.

Morris, a 6-foot shooting guard from Bell County, chose UK over Louisville, Marquette and Dayton. She averaged 22 points and 9.5 rebounds last season.

Allen County-Scottsville's Rich, a 6-foot left-hander, is an explosive athlete, Mitchell said. Rich averaged 20.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks last season before tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament in February.

Rich chose Kentucky over Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky.

Taylor Murray, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Odenton, Md., averaged 22.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season. She chose UK over Penn State and West Virginia.

Murray's 9.3 steals per game last season are the number that stands out most to Mitchell, though.

"Taylor Murray is a Kentucky point guard," he said. "She wants to play defense first. She will get her nose up on the ball. ... She is very fast, very explosive end to end with the basketball and does not turn the ball over."

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