BLOG: Law’s 2009 Basketball Recruiting Class Rated No. 2 in Nation

By Anthony Zilis

Bruce Weber’s 2009 recruiting class features some young talent that will come in and help a team, which has gone through recent struggles, next season.

But the impact of Jolette Law’s star-studded women’s basketball recruiting class, rated No. 2 on ESPN’s HoopGurlz, should dwarf that of Weber’s.

Law officially announced today the official signing of what is being called the best recruiting class in Illinois history. Law signed six players, three of whom are ranked in the top 36 of HoopGurlz.

The class will immediately come in and make an impact on the team, which is extremely thin at the frontcourt. Megastar Jenna Smith will have immense help next season in HoopGurlz top rated forward, 6-foot-3 Destiny Williams, and the third rated foward, 6-foot-2 Karisma Penn.

Adrienne GodBold, a guard, will come in to reinforce a backcourt that will lose senior Chelsea Gordon, the only senior on the team.

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The team also announced the signings of No. 27 6-foot-2 forward Briana Jones, 6-foot-1 Forward Kersten Magrum, and 5-10 guard Amber Moore.

The class should give a boost to Law’s stated goal of molding Illinois into a national powerhouse. This class should boost excitement on campus for women’s basketball, a sport which really hasn’t given fans much to cheer about.

Here’s a possible starting lineup for 2009 that should have Illini fans licking their chops.

Fabiola Josil/Lydia McCully – PG

Adrienne Godbold (No. 36 player, No. 7 Guard on HoopGurlz) – SG

Lacey Simpson/Karisma Penn (No. 16 senior on HoopGurlz) – SF

Destiny Williams (No. 8 senior on HoopGurlz) – PF

Jenna Smith (All-American Honorable Mention as a sophomore) – C

(This has not been substantiated and is just my best guess)