2021 women’s college basketball recruiting class rankings

National signing week has come to a close. It started with Azzi Fudd, the top prospect in the Class of 2021, choosing UConn. Fudd, the 2019 Gatorade National Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year and a two-time USA Basketball gold medalist for the U16 and U17 teams, joins a recruiting class that also features fifth-ranked Caroline Ducharme, No. 15 Amari DeBerry and No. 30 Saylor Poffenbarger.

The espnW 100 now only features two uncommitted prospects. Kyndall Hunter, the No. 24 prospect, joined Cypress Creek High School teammate Rori Harmon, the 10th-ranked prospect, by signing with Vic Schaefer’s Texas Longhorns.

With last Saturday’s verbal commitment of No. 37 prospect Jillian Hollingshead, Georgia entered the top 25. The four-star prospect gives the Lady Bulldogs an important in-state pledge, as she is one of the better bigs in the Class of 2021 with her ability to work the mid- and high-post areas.

Here are the full top 25 recruiting class rankings.

1. South Carolina Gamecocks
Highest-ranked commit: PG Raven Johnson (No. 2)

Previous ranking: 1

Dawn Staley brought in the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2019 when the Gamecocks landed four prospects in the top 11. South Carolina had just one commit — PG Eniya Russell, the No. 43 prospect — last cycle, but the Gamecocks are atop the class rankings again with four 2021 prospects inside the top 15, led by Johnson, a true point guard who has developed her 3-point range. G Saniya Rivers and F Sania Feagin are the third- and fourth-ranked prospects, respectively, while G Aubryanna Hall is ranked 14th overall.

2. UConn Huskies
Highest-ranked commit: G Azzi Fudd (No. 1)

Previous ranking: 3

Fudd, a dynamic playmaker, is the second No. 1-ranked prospect the Huskies have signed in as many years, as UConn also landed Paige Bueckers in the 2020 class. Fifth-ranked Caroline Ducharme is one of the most improved players in the country heading into her senior campaign. F Amari DeBerry, the No. 15 prospect, has a skill set similar to UConn’s Olivia Nelson-Ododa thanks to her elite size, length and mobility. No. 30 Saylor Poffenbarger is a versatile guard who has 3-point range and size to post up in the paint.

Geno Auriemma landed two top-five recruits in the 2021 class, including No. 1 prospect Azzi Fudd. Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

3. North Carolina Tar Heels
Highest-ranked commit: W Teonni Key (No. 9)

Previous ranking: 2

Courtney Banghart signed an eye-opening class in her first go-round in Chapel Hill, and she might have already outdone herself with her second signing class. Key has good ball skills, a strong mid-range jumper and gets on the glass on both ends. No. 17 Kayla McPherson is an explosive guard with deep range from 3. No. 18 Morasha Wiggins has a terrific blend of size and skill, while No. 20 Destiny Adams improved her rebounding and defensive skills over the past year.

4. Texas Longhorns
Highest-ranked commit: F Aaliyah Moore (No. 6)

Previous ranking: 4

Vic Schaefer landed two

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University welcomes its first class of Bold Promise students | UTSA Today | UTSA

University welcomes its first class of Bold Promise students

OCTOBER 30, 2020 — This fall UTSA welcomed its inaugural cohort of students from the Bold Promise program into the Roadrunner family. This new tuition promise initiative is designed to provide access to an excellent education for Texas students from low- and middle-income families. One in five first-time freshmen enrolled at the university this semester are participating in the program.

Launched in December 2019, the groundbreaking program covers 100% of a first-time freshman’s tuition and fees for four years. The program is open to recent Texas high school graduates who ranked in the top 25% of their class and have a family income up to $50,500. Students are not required to fill out a separate application to be considered; Bold Promise is automatically awarded to UTSA applicants who meet the program qualifications.


The Bold Promise program is making a financial impact of $6.4 million this semester alone, resulting in significant savings for the families of these high-achieving students.



For the fall 2020 semester, 2,989 applicants from across the state were offered Bold Promise. Ultimately, 959 (32%) of those students enrolled at UTSA; 638 of the students offered Bold Promise are from Bexar County, and of that group, 371 (58%) enrolled.

By covering the total cost of tuition and fees for the students involved, the Bold Promise program is making a financial impact of $6.4 million this semester alone, resulting in significant savings for the families of these high-achieving students.

“As a Hispanic Serving Institution, UTSA has a record of investing to support educational attainment for Hispanic students as well as students from other historically underserved populations,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “I’m excited to see that our Bold Promise program is enabling increased college going by providing direct financial support to more high-achieving, high-potential students in our own community.”


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In order to continue to be eligible for the program, Bold Promise students must enroll full-time each semester (12 credit hours or more) and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

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Middle class students more likely to win preferred university place this year, research finds

Middle class students were more likely to get a place at their preferred university this year, research by the Sutton Trust has found.

72 per cent of pupils from wealthy families said they were accepted at their top choice university compared to 63 per cent of their less well-off peers, according to a new report by the social mobility charity.

Researchers examined the role of predicted grades in the admissions system and whether it gives an advantage to students from richer backgrounds.

In general those from better off backgrounds do better in exams than their peers and so would be more likely to achieve the grades required to secure a place at their first choice university, the Sutton Trust said.

But they also noted that in the “chaos” of this year’s exams, children from wealthier backgrounds might have had better support to navigate the system, particularly those whose parents know more about the system.    

A poll of 500 university applicants found that working class teenagers were more likely to say they would have applied to a more selective university if they had known their A-level results when making decisions.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “The utter chaos of this year’s university admissions exposed major flaws with the system that are due principally to our reliance on predicted grades.”

He argued that moving to a post-qualifications admission system, where students apply to university after receiving their A-level results, would benefit “high achieving low-income students as their grades are often underpredicted”.

This summer, A-level grades were awarded based on teachers’ predictions after a controversial algorithm was ditched.

But only 38 per cent of applicants received grades that matched their teachers’ predictions, the Sutton Trust report found.

32 per cent of students from state schools said they were underpredicted by teachers, compared to 26 per cent of those from private schools.

 University lecturers backed a move to a post-qualification admissions system, saying that the current one is “not fit for purpose”. 

Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union, said: “This report shows students are receiving university offers according to inaccurately predicted results, with students from more affluent backgrounds more likely to gain a place at their preferred university than their less affluent peers.

“Allowing students to apply after they receive their results will help level the playing field, remove the problems associated with unconditional offers and end the chaotic clearing scramble.”   Universities UK, which represents vice-Chancellors, is currently reviewing university admissions and is due to report on its findings later this year.

 “The review group is analysing the evidence and views of applicants towards predicted grades, unconditional offers and post-qualification offer-making, and exploring ways in which those from disadvantaged backgrounds can be better supported throughout the process,” they said.

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Author of best-selling ‘Maid’ takes on college in ‘Class’

NEW YORK — Stephanie Land, who shared her story of single parenthood and working life in the best-selling memoir “Maid,” is writing a book about the hard truths of college education.

One Signal Publishers announced Wednesday that Land’s “Class” would combine personal experience and reporting as it exposes “the outrageous cost, predatory practices, and discriminatory policies faced by Americans” who hope education will lead to security and prosperity. “Class” is scheduled to come out in 2022.

“When we think of economic insecurity we often think of the down and out,” Land said in a statement. “The reality is the way we go about educating our country leaves millions stretched to their limits, with almost of half of students wondering how they’ll find their next meal and even more than that drowning in debts they’ll owe for a lifetime.”

Land’s previous book, her first, was published in 2019 and was praised by former President Barack Obama among others. “Maid” is currently being adapted into a Netflix series.

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Harrisburg races by State College Monday, earns No. 1 seed in District 3 Class 6A football postseason

STATE COLLEGE — That saying about football being more than a game certainly applies to the Harrisburg Cougars.

Mid-Penn Commonwealth partner State College really became the Cougars’ knight in shining armor Monday, agreeing to reschedule its division bout with Harrisburg as the latter was running out of time to qualify for the District 3 playoffs.

The Cougars took care of the rest, wrapping up the Class 6A top seed with a 41-6 victory over the Little Lions at posh Memorial Field.

Quarterback John McNeil threw for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns, helping Harrisburg build a 27-0 advantage through 24 minutes. Head coach Calvin Everett and State College general Matt Lintal, a real hero in Harrisburg’s quest to reach the minimum four games needed to make the postseason, mixed in mostly reserves in a quick second half.

Unofficially, the Cougars will host No. 4 York High Saturday in one semifinal at Severance Field. No. 3 Central York will travel to No. 2 Central Dauphin Friday night.

Harrisburg scored on its first four possessions Monday, and Everett’s defense put a clamp on State College from the beginning. The Lions (2-3) were limited to one first in the opening half. In addition, it’s second first down came with 3:48 left in the third quarter.

STARS

The Cougars racked up 250 rushing yards, but it was back-up Nayquan Prather who led the way, carrying 9 times for 116 yards. Ameer Grandberry and Jaylon Johnston chipped in rushing touchdowns, while WR Marquise McMillian was a thorn in SC’s side.

McMillian hauled in both of McNeil’s TD passes, the first a 40-yard heave with 4:48 remaining in the opening quarter. McMillian struck again early in the second, this time from the SC 12.

Harrisburg’s run was capped by a slick strip and score by LB Roderick Rogers, who sprinted 29 yards with 7:41 to play.

GAME-WINNING MOMENT

With Harrisburg up 7-0, McNeil’s streak to McMillian came one play after Markil Strawbridge picked off a Conrad Moore pass near midfield. Sameir Barton also intercepted a pass. State College manufactured just 3 passing yards for the game.

THEY SAID IT

“It was a great feeling, knowing we got a great win to start us off toward the playoffs. We’re going to get back to practice tomorrow and get ready for York. Knowing we got another chance to play, we’ve got some great opportunities ahead. We had faith that coach Cal would get us a game.” – Harrisburg QB John McNeil

“I thought this could be my absolute last possibility. I just thanked [Lintal] because he was the only coach in the state who was willing to go out on a limb and play us. So, I definitely thanks him for that.” – Harrisburg coach Calvin Everett

Harrisburg 20-7-7-7 41

State College 0-0-0-6 6

First quarter

H-John McNeil 4 run (McNeil kick), 6:38

H-Marquise McMillian 40 pass from McNeil (McNeil kick), 4:48

H-Jaylon Johnston 1 run (kick failed), 1:11

Second quarter

H-McMillian 12 pass from McNeil (McNeil

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2021 men’s college basketball recruiting class rankings

While there hasn’t been a college basketball game since March, the sport hasn’t completely shut down. Recruiting didn’t skip a beat, despite coaches not being able to see prospects in person and being forced to conduct recruitments entirely via phone and video. The 2021 class is still relatively on pace with previous classes, as 70 prospects in the ESPN 100 are already committed. So we have a strong idea of how the top recruiting classes in the country are going to stack up.

That said, there’s a long way to go before the dust settles in the 2021 class rankings. While only 30 ESPN 100 prospects are still available, 10 of them are ranked in the top 19.

Oregon sits atop the rankings right now, but what are the three big storylines to watch moving forward?

Where’s Kentucky? It’s very noticeable that the Wildcats are not in the rankings right now. They’ve been in the top two in all but one season under coach John Calipari (when they were No. 3 in 2019), and they had the top class last year. But only Nolan Hickman (No. 61) is currently committed. The Wildcats will rise quickly in the coming weeks, though. They’re heavily in the mix for top-35 prospects Jaden Hardy, Moussa Diabate, Hunter Sallis, Daimion Collins and Bryce Hopkins, along with potential reclassification candidate Skyy Clark.

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‘Top of the class’ university student, 18, killed herself after becoming overwhelmed by stress of course

A TEEN university student who was “top of the class” killed herself after becoming overwhelmed by the stress of her course, an inquest heard today.

Keana Dippenaar, 18, was found hanging in her University of Southampton halls after becoming convinced she was not performing well despite “acing all her exams.”

Keana was found dead in her University of Southampton dorm after becoming 'stressed over her course', an inquest has heard

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Keana was found dead in her University of Southampton dorm after becoming ‘stressed over her course’, an inquest has heard Credit: Solent News
Her brother Drake said his sister believed she wasn't performing well enough despite 'acing' all her exams

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Her brother Drake said his sister believed she wasn’t performing well enough despite ‘acing’ all her examsCredit: Solent News
The 18-year-old was 'top of her class' according to one of her teachers

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The 18-year-old was ‘top of her class’ according to one of her teachersCredit: Solent News

The psychology student’s brother Drake told the hearing his sister was “very, very smart” but “hard on herself.”

Keana’s body was discovered in her room by friends who became worried when she didn’t show up for a Christmas dinner held in the building last December.

After knocking on the door several times just before midnight and receiving no reply they forced their way in and were horrified to find her lifeless body.

Emergency services were called, but the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police officers told the inquest at Winchester, Hants, that Keana had left five notes.

Drake added that despite feeling “not being good enough” throughout her academic life, she would always “ace her exams.”

He said: “I always said to her that it was not about what people expected of her but just what she could do.

“She was very hard on herself but even so she always pushed through it and aced all her exams.”

He added: “One of the teachers at her uni said she was doing exceptionally well, that she was top of the class.”

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

Coroner Jason Pegg recorded a conclusion of death by suicide.

Keana’s devastated mother Carlene described her as “the most gorgeous, bubbly, friendly and caring daughter.”

She said the teenager

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2021 college football recruiting class rankings

A longtime power on the recruiting trail, Southern California stumbled last year when it signed only one ESPN 300 prospect and finished outside the top 50 nationally. The Trojans have rebounded in the 2021 cycle and climbed within the top 10. Showing their national reach, they pulled out a potential offensive playmaker in Michael Trigg, an ESPN 300 tight end from Florida who possesses good hands, feet and body control.

Georgia moved into the top 10 with a vital in-state pickup in Amarius Mims, who is the No. 3-ranked in-state prospect and the third-ranked OT nationally. With conference rival Alabama landing the nation’s top two tackles, Mims helps Georgia keep pace with a strong offensive line haul of its own. An aggressive, flexible and agile big man with a nice frame, Mims now leads a group of four ESPN 300 OLs headed to Athens.

Dave Doeren has NC State on the cusp of the top 25 and in position for its highest-ranked class in over a decade. The Wolfpack’s in-state LB commit Jordan Poole moved into the ESPN 300 in the latest player rankings update, and they also added an in-state four-star safety in Chase Hattley, a lengthy, physical and well-rounded defender.

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Gahanna teachers and Board of Education approve new contract; return to class Monday

The Gahanna-Jefferson school board and the union representing striking teachers voted to ratify a new contract Sunday, ending a strike that looked much different because of COVID-19.



a person holding a sign: Raymond Adams, a math teacher for the Gahanna-Jefferson school district, protests on the picket line in front of Gahanna Lincoln High School. The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association started striking October 13, 2020, after its negotiating team did not reach a new contract agreement with the district the previous day.


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Raymond Adams, a math teacher for the Gahanna-Jefferson school district, protests on the picket line in front of Gahanna Lincoln High School. The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association started striking October 13, 2020, after its negotiating team did not reach a new contract agreement with the district the previous day.

Members of the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association voted overwhelmingly to approve the new contract in a drive-through paper balloting process late Sunday afternoon. The vote was 98.3% in favor, said Betsy Baker, spokeswoman for the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association.

The Board of Education met after the union ratification Sunday evening and voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the agreement.

“I’m sorry that there was so much turmoil. But I am glad we were able to come together,” said Superintendent Steve Barrett.

Board President Beryl Brown Piccolantonio said that the district and community remain strong through all of this.

“We are resilient, and while there are differences among us, we agree that we must provide a high quality and equitable education for all of our students,” Piccolantonio said.

The union said teachers plan to return to the classroom Monday, ending the strike that began last Tuesday. The contract is for one-year and the classes will be online only for this week with a return to a hybrid model next week, Baker said.

“While we are sad that we missed four days of instructional time with our students, we cannot wait to see our kids on Monday and we are excited to do what we do best – educate our students,” said Jenny Palguta, president of the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association.

Details of the contract were not available yet

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers began picketing outside their respective schools Tuesday morning, hours after the union decided to go on strike. 

But unlike a typical strike, the buildings behind them were empty. Students weren’t walking past the picket line on their way to classes. Buses weren’t dropping off students and parents weren’t faced with the question of sending their children to school. 

Instead, Gahanna students stayed at home — something students in the district have been doing since the state ordered all of Ohio’s school buildings closed in March due to coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s new territory, that’s for sure,” said John Conrath, who directs the superintendents’ licensure program at Ohio State University and is a retired Whitehall City Schools superintendent.

The 572-member Gahanna-Jefferson Education Association had authorized a strike with the State Employment Relations Board on Tuesday after negotiations. The old contract expired June 30.

The strike did “have little bit of a different feel to it because it does have this online component to it you don’t normally have,” said Ohio Education Association president Scott DiMauro.

GJEA members initially picketed Tuesday at all school buildings and the administrative office for the district, which encompasses the city of Gahanna,

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