After a top 35 recruiting ranking his first year at the helm of the Mississippi State women's basketball program, head coach Vic Schaefer and his staff will sign a 5-player class that is currently ranked the 18th ranked class in the nation (and 6th best in the SEC) according to the HoopGurlz recruiting website.
The star of the group is 6-foot-0, five-star forward Victoria Vivians of Scott Central (MS) High School. Vivians, who is also ranked not on a 5-star prospect but the 6th best player in the nation on the Full Court basketball site. She is a phenomenal scorer and rebounder who has improved her game each season despite the opposing teams keying on her each game. Her points and rebounds per game have improved each season, going from 37 ppg and 13.8 rpg her sophomore season to 39.7 ppg and 15.1 rpg her junior season. And in her first game this year she scored 45 points and hauled down 17 rebounds. She had offers from just about every program in the nation.
LaKaris Salter, a four-star recruit, is not far behind Vivians in being an impact player for Mississippi State as a freshman. Rated the 89th best player in the nation by HoopGurlz, she chose MSU over numerous colleges throughout the nation. Salter, who helped lead her team to 2A state titles the past two seasons, will give Mississippi State immediate help at the power forward.
Shades Valley (AL) High School three-star recruit Morgan William, despite being 5-foot-5, is an outstanding defender on the perimeter. She set a state record with 171 steals as a junior. She also scored almost 15 points per game and handed out 4.1 assists per game. She is a perfect fit at the point guard spot for the defensive-minded Vic Schaefer. She chose Mississippi State over Alabama, Memphis, Missouri, Southern Miss and UAB.
Andy Dekaney (TX) High School three-star recruit Kayla Nevitt, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard. Last season she scored 10.9 points per game, making 54 three-pointers. She also had 1.8 assists per game and 2.9 steals per game. She will add immediate depth at the shooting guard position as a true freshman. She chose MSU over offers from SMU and Michigan State.
Starkville (MS) High School three-star prospect Blair Schaefer, Vic Schaefer's daughter, is one of the top players in the state of Mississippi. As a junior, she averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. This past summer, she was the leading scorer for the north team in the Mississippi North-South All-Star game, scoring 17 points.
One other player that Mississippi State is recruiting is Sylacauga (AL) High School 5-foot-11 wing Shakayla Thomas, currently ranked the 12th best player in the nation by HoopGurlz. As a junior, she averaged 31.9 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. She was uncommitted at the time I wrote this article.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.