Kansas University’s latest two women’s basketball commitments — twins Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez of Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho — attended Friday’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse as part of their official recruiting visits.
The two 6-foot guards chose KU after receiving recruiting interest from Washington, UCLA, Stanford, UNLV, Auburn and others.
The twins are the daughters of former KU standout Angie Snider, a former high school phenom at Roeland Park’s Bishop Miege High.
“We love the coaching staff, the players, the style of play. My mom went there. We’ve got to hold up her legacy,” Dylan Gonzalez told KPVI-TV in Idaho. “We bring a lot of passion, a lot of energy. Our defense is what got coaches to start recruiting us.
“They’ve got a great trainer there. We’re excited to work with her,” Dylan added of Andrea Hudy. “I think she can turn us into All-Americans. The coaches there will make us better players.”
“We decided KU was the best fit for us. Everything about it ... all around, we want to be part of that Jayhawk family,” Dakota Gonzalez told KPVI-TV. “The opportunity to play with my sister is incredible.”
Dakota last spring was named the Idaho State Journal’s girls basketball player of the year. Dakota has won the award the past three years; the sisters were co-players of the year after their freshman seasons.
Of Dylan, ESPN.com wrote: “Fantastic young athlete with a ton of upside. Her length and quickness make her a potentially elite defender. She is good in transition but at this point her defense leads the way. Dylan has emerged as a scoring guard who can facilitate some point as well. She looks to score and attack on every possession and is converting more shots from the mid-range.”
Of Dakota, ESPN.com wrote: “This kid has a fiery flare in her eyes and a hunger for the game that is unmistakable. She competes, and she competes hard.”
KU’s other two commitments from the Class of 2013 were also in town for Late Night: Jada Brown, 6-foot, forward, Las Vegas; and Keyla Morgan, 5-9 combo guard, Long Beach, Calif.