UK Recruiting

Cats ink four, waiting on biggest target

The Kentucky women's basketball program got its expected commitments Wednesday, the first day of the signing period, but the Cats are still waiting for the biggest catch of all.

It may not be a short wait.

Shenneika Smith, the No. 7 prospect in the nation who visited UK last weekend, might not make any decisions until next week and still might make several more visits in the interim, her coach told one Internet site.

HoopGurlz.com reported that Apache Paschall, Smith's high school and club coach, said the 6-foot-1 guard probably will not sign until next week.

Paschall said Smith plans to make an unofficial visit to Ohio State this weekend and an official visit to Syracuse before making any formal announcements.

Smith told the Herald-Leader this past weekend that she was finished making visits and that she planned to make a decision early this week between UK and Marshall.

Smith could not be reached for additional comment Wednesday.

The four players who did sign letters of intent with the Cats and second-year coach Matthew Mitchell on Wednesday included two players ranked by national recruiting services.

"These four young ladies represent the kind of people we want to bring into the program," Mitchell said in a release. "Not only do they have a lot of talent as basketball players but they have a great deal of passion for the University of Kentucky and pride to want to wear the Blue and White."

The top-rated players are Porsha Postell, a 5-10 combo guard from New York, who is rated No. 63 by the All-Star Girls Report, and Adia Mathies of Louisville Iroquois, who was ranked No. 65 by HoopGurlz.com.

Mathies, who averaged a double-double with 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds last season, is considered one of the front-runners for Kentucky Miss Basketball.

"Adia is the best player in Kentucky and one of the best guards in the country," Mitchell said. "She has one of the most polished games I've seen from a high school player. ... She is the total package."

UK also received official letters Wednesday from Brittany Henderson, a 6-1 forward from Pasadena, Calif., and Anna Cole, a 6-6 center from Mondovi, Wis.

Henderson is ranked as one of the top 60 forwards by HoopGurlz.com.

Scott County's Rebecca Gray, a transfer from North Carolina, and Lexington Catholic's Keyla Snowden, a transfer from Akron, will also be eligible next season after sitting out per NCAA transfer rules.

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