Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Four-star guard Caprice Dennis chooses KU women’s basketball


Caprice Dennis, a 5-foot-9 guard from Pershing High School in Detroit, has orally committed to play for the Kansas women’s basketball team, ESPN HoopGurlz reported Tuesday.

Dennis, who is a four-star recruit and ranked the 40th-best guard in the class of 2012 by HoopGurlz, chose KU over Marquette, Michigan State, Syracuse, Virginia and UTEP.

“I chose Kansas because I love the coaching staff and players, plus I think I could make a huge impact on the program,” Dennis told HoopGurlz. “Not only do they have really nice facilities, but it is also a family-(oriented) program.”

Dennis is KU coach Bonnie Henrickson’s first commitment for the class of 2012.

In her HoopGurlz bio written by ESPN’s Keil Moore, Dennis was described as a “skilled point guard who will offer a team a number of different tools in terms of her ability to impact a basketball game. A good perimeter shooter and an equally capable driver. Slight frame is a bit of a cause for concern. Will need to add weight and get stronger in college.”

Dennis is the second player in the last two years to commit to KU from Detroit, as 6-foot guard Asia Boyd — the ninth-best guard and 39th-ranked player in the class of 2011 according to HoopGurlz — will join the Jayhawks this season.


Ashwin Rao 11 years, 1 month ago

Some great news from the women's front! Thanks!

KGphoto 11 years, 1 month ago

Ugh. I'm so done with Bonnie I just can't get excited.

Zenger! Check please.

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 1 month ago

great job on the recruit..she sounds quite capable. but is it too little too late?

I posted late this year, that if Bonnie couldn't go 1-1 in the last two games of the season, she should be gone. (KU went 0-2).

she basically has everybody back for this year, plus Asia, and Natalie Knight from Olathe South (also maybe too little too late for backyard recruits) so if she can't go 9-9 in the league next year, what do we think then? i'll take 8-10...nothing less...or she should be gone.

then possibly we can get someone in here who develops, plus recruits well...because the current regime...until possibly this year...has done neither.

willie_fu_fu 11 years, 1 month ago

Just FYI, Asia Boyd was the 9th best guard and 39th best overall prospect in the class of 2011 and Natalie Knight was the 32th best PG by HoopGurlz, both 4 star prospects. Also Donielle Breaux was the 35th best guard and a 3 star prospect in the same class.

Ashwin Rao 11 years, 1 month ago

Hmmm... the women's set of recruits looks awfully like the men's set... one in top 100 and others good but not great... but better than what I had expected.

squawkhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Bonnie will ruin them in no time...mark my word!

no_fan 11 years, 1 month ago

I could not have said it better squawkhawk. Agree totally.

UmbertoConforti 11 years, 1 month ago

Any chance KU will have a worthwhile women's BB team this century?

squawkhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Agree! Bonnie is the nail in the coffin for KU WBB.

TheGiftedOne 11 years, 1 month ago

hahaha another highly ranked recruit that isnt even that good...this girl is WAYY undersized for the Big 12. Every year these great recruits mask what is truly going on with the team...its like seeing a great movie trailor thinking it will be worth it. But after you have watched the full movie you come away disappointed. No reason for optimism anymore, seven years no NCAA tourney, no legit shot at a league/big tourney title, drives players to injuries year after year, drives players away YEAR AFTER YEAR. Its frustrating to see a fellow human being be rewarded for absolutly nothing like Bonnie has. The women makes 10x what the blue collar workers that support her program make. If a coach is being paid the way Bonnie Hendrickson is...the RESULTS NEED TO BE THERE!

bluzhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Ummm......have you ever seen Angel Goodrich play?

TheGiftedOne 11 years, 1 month ago

yes I am a home season ticket yes I know that Angel has been blessed with some of the best court vision I have ever seen, but she is also blessed with one of the best finishers I have ever seen in Carolyn Davis. Her assist numbers are obviously inflated by Bonnie's pressure to force the ball inside. But on the other hand Angel can't stop anyone from scoring on her (besides taking charges which she is exceptional at) and her lack of size and physicallity is the main reason. Bonnie's teams have classically lacked physicallity and toughness...she can bring in talent but the egos never mix right for results. I could name atleast 6-7 highly recruited prospects on last years team which failed to win close games.....again.

bluzhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

I see what you're saying TGO, but see no reason to take it out on Caprice. Her dads a coach and her little sister a starter on a high ranking Detroit team. Someone is working overtime in the Motor City and Asia Boyd looks like she can bring some pain. The team did cut down on the unforced turnovers that killed them on a routine basis in previous years. Toughness, as you point out, and more mature late game strategy would be welcome. Bonnie is well-spoken and a good ambassador, but I wouldn't be signing her a check after the coming season without an NCAA tournament win.

TheGiftedOne 11 years, 1 month ago

yeah you're right, no need to write off this newest recruit before ever seeing her play.

kubiggestfan 11 years, 1 month ago

With all that being said, maybe it is time for some lineup changes to see if we can get different results. TIME IS NOW !

kubiggestfan 11 years ago

Why the change of course? Found this on ESPN Hoopgurlz

Caprice Dennis re-opens her recruitment

Caprice Dennis, the 5-foot-9 guard from Detroit, Mich., told ESPN HoopGurlz that she has decommitted from her earlier pledge to Kansas, though the Jayhawks remain a school of consideration.

"I feel like I committed too fast," Dennis said. "I never gave the recruiting process a chance."

Dennis, a rising senior at Pershing High School, is a four-star rated prospect and one the best perimeter scorers in the class.

"The most important thing is looking for a coaching staff with a good communication and that I have a good relationship with," Dennis added, "Especially with the head coach, there needs to be a strong connection there."

Dennis was considering Marquette, Michigan State, Syracuse, UTEP and Virginia when she committed earlier this spring. She is not ruling anyone out at this point and said she may not be able to make a decision by the November early signing period.

kubiggestfan 11 years ago

Would be a stretch getting Caprice now, with the verbal of another PG in the same class. Can we get some Post players !!!! Looks like we will be a team full of guards, hope the injury bug does not sting us.

Lamaria Cole, the 5-foot-6 point guard from Bryan, Texas, has verbally committed to Kansas, according to Howard Randle, her Houston Elite club team. She was selected All-Distrct as a junior at Rudder High School (Bryan, Texas) and is the first 2012 commit for the Jayhawks after Caprice Dennis re-opened her recruitment earlier in August.

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