WBB Recruiting Question

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  1. riceville98

    riceville98 Active Member

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    I hope there is someone on here who can answer this question.

    My dad and I yesterday in the "well" watching girl's state game. We had a great day and it was capped off by being able watch the all time leading scorer in Iowa (Pocahontas Area's Elle Ruffridge) put up 48 pts. What a player she is!! We were both very impressed! However, we were disappointed to learn that she will head to Missouri State for her college career.. It's ashame to lose a player of her talent to an out-of-state school

    What other schools recruiited her?

    How hard did ISU try?

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  2. JCloned

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    She is a talented player, but her size kept her from being recruited by the major schools. At 5' 3" she isn't going to be a force on a Big 12 team.
     
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    Only other offers I can find mentioned for her were University of Nebraska Omaha and UNI
     
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    Thanks for your answer and I think you are likely correct on the height issue but, my answer to that would be that the PG position is about much more than size. I saw her to lots of great things last night and I think with time in the weight room, she could play. She looks better than Washington to me

    We'll see but, I think all college coaches in Iowa missed good talent on this one
     
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    Thanks for the info I'm surprised she turned down a UNI offer.
     
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    I'm guessing getting to play for Jackie Stiles was a big reason. Her lateral speed probably wasn't up to Big 12 defensive snuff. And she would really struggle against a Baylor/Texas/West Virginia type defense, I imagine. But I hope she has great success in the Valley. Have we ever done a home-and-home with an out-of-state Valley conference school?
     
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    Creighton back in 2000 and 2001
     
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    I have talked to her. BF told her point blank she was too short. I'm guessing Nia Washington is maybe 1/2" to an inch taller than Elle. Elle has offensive skills that Nia can barely dream about.

    Also talked to her Mom and Grandma and, while they were disappointed, they are very happy about the situation Elle is going into.
     
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    Nia/Elle. Quickness??
     
  10. JCloned

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    If you can't defend in the Big 12 you can't play. Elle would get eaten alive.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I'm not familiar with coach Stiles. What is her style and background that makes her popular to play for? I hope she does well too..just wish it was in Iowa
     
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    Jackie Stiles was the all time NCAA scoring leader until this yr when the gal from Washington beat her record. She is coaching at her alma mater Mo State. I think the school was named something else back then though. I saw some interviews with her while the Washington gal was closing in on her record. She came across as very personable and offensive minded in the interviews.
     
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    That guess is a bit off. Nia isn't 5'3".
     
  14. riceville98

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    WOW, well I guess we've known for a while that we have a very blunt head coach!! Glad they found a great situation for Elle. I am amazed that 1/2 an inch would make that much difference and I'd rather have someone with the offensive skill set that Elle has already.

    BF is set in his ways
     
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    Thanks for the info
     
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    Elle is listed at 5'3" and Nia is listed at 5'7"
    Slightly more than half an inch
     
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    Be it 1/2 an inch or 4 inches, I would rather have the offensive skills but, that's just me
     
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    I would rather have a Big XII caliber player, but that's just me.
     
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    #19 mitten1975, Mar 7, 2017
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    I am from Pocahontas and as much as I am an ISU fan, would have loved to see Elie take the UNI offer and then waxed the Cyclones for some years. Sorry, but that is my feeling on that. Not as if there haven't been some really successful small players before, even on the male professional level.

    I should note that I wouldn't have wanted Elie to accept an ISU offer, because the system in Poky was almost invented by her, that is an open court, high energy defense. Fennelly only plays his system which she would not have done well under, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if she would have spent her career on the bench. My guess is that some real thought went into where she was going to school, she is a very bright girl.
     
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  20. riceville98

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    Thanks for your info and it was very informative. I hadn't really compared the systems but, I very much enjoyed seeing the "poky" system in action last Thurs and I totally agree that it's vastly different from ISU's. If she found a system similar to that at MO State. That clearly is the right place for her. Glad she found it!!
     

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