the first significant impression during the recruiting process for
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame forward Kendall Hackney. Tuesday, Hackney pledged her allegiance to the Trojans. The 6-2 junior forward also considered Kentucky, California, Arizona State and Connecticut among others.
The University of Southern California women’s basketball program made the first significant impression during the recruiting process for Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame forward Kendall Hackney.
“She has been in love with them from Day One,” Mount Notre Dame basketball coach Dante Harlan said. “(Southern Cal) was the first to offer when she was a sophomore.”
Hackney, a 6-foot-2 wing player, made an oral commitment Tuesday to continue her academic and athletic career at Southern California.
Hackney, who was a key player in Mount Notre Dame’s third consecutive Division I state title this past winter, also considered Kentucky, California, Arizona State and Connecticut among others.
Harlan said Southern Cal offers Hackney plenty of opportunities from an athletic and academic perspective.
“(Hackney) is well-rounded and well-versed and she wants to go to college,” Harlan said.
Hackney, the Division I state tournament MVP her freshman and sophomore seasons at MND, averaged 12.4 points for the Cougars (26-2) this past season.
The Cougars’ third consecutive state title is a state record. MND, which has won four of the past five state titles, defeated West Chester Lakota West 69-67 March 10 in Columbus.
“This past season on a team full of stars, she was the one that noticeably sacrificed her individual numbers for the betterment of the team,” said Tom Jenkins, executive director of the Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report.
“Kendall without question is the best inside out player in the state of Ohio. I expect her to continue to be a matchup nightmare for opponents at the collegiate level.”
Harlan said Hackney will have a significant impact this upcoming season as the Cougars attempt to win a fourth consecutive title.
“I think this will be Kendall’s best year,” Harlan said. “I think she will really showcase everything.”
Hackney is the second MND junior to make an oral commitment to play in college this spring. Junior forward Gabby Smith recently committed to Vanderbilt.
“With Kendall and Gabby returning along with heavily-recruited Division I prospect (junior) Ashley Fowler and super sophomore Kathryn Reynolds, MND has to be the odds-on favorite to four-peat,” Jenkins said.