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National signing day is a celebration for players, families, high school and club programs, and for the college programs signing these players to national letters of intent. It represents dreams realized and is a sneak peek into the future of college basketball.

Currently, 92 players in the 2023 espnW 100have committed and/or signed.


The final order of the class rankings will be dependent on the decisions that will occur over the next few days. Eight top-100 prospects have yet to announce their commitments, but have narrowed their lists:

Which schools will move up and down during the early signing period? We break down the top 25 recruiting classes this cycle.


1. LSU Tigers

Highest-ranked commit: G Mikaylah Williams (No. 2)
Previous ranking: 6

Kim Mulkey had the No. 17 recruiting class for the 2022 class and then added impact transfers in the offseason. She has followed that up with another impactful 2023 class, led by superstar Mikaylah Williams. Williams has won gold medals in both 3x3 and the FIBA U17 World Cup. She is a physical guard who is arguably the best one-on-one isolation player in the class. The addition of No. 7 Aalyah Del Rosario pushed LSU to the top spot. Del Rosario is the top true post in the class. She has soft hands and a nice touch out to the top of the key. She is a physical presence inside and passes very well out of the double team. Her club teammate and No. 44 Angelica Velez is a shifty point guard with an East Coast flair to her game. She sets the table for others and runs the show. No. 73 Janae Kent is a wing/forward with nice mid-range game and the ability to knock down the 3-point shot. She gets on the glass well.


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LSU Holds No. 1 Women’s Basketball Recruiting Class


LSU Holds No. 1 Women’s Basketball Recruiting Class

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Women’s Basketball recruiting class maintained its No. 1 ranking by ESPN on Wednesday after the final two Top-10 players in the class announced their commitments.

LSU is the only program in the country to sign two Top-10 players. The Tigers also have the No. 1 class according to Jr. All Star GBB and ASGRxHoopSeenW.

LSU top-ranked class is headlined the class is the No. 1 player in the country (AGSR, Prospects Nation and Jr. All-Star National Rankings) and Bossier City, Louisiana native Mikaylah Williams, a 6-0 guard out of Parkway High School. LSU has also signed teammates at The Webb School in Tennessee and natives of The Bronx, New York, Aalyah Del Rosario and Angelica Velez. Del Rosario, a 6-5 forward, is considered the top post player in the country and is tabbed the No. 4 player overall by Just Women’s Sports. Velez is a four-star guard that is rated as the No. 21 player in the country by Prospects Nation. The Tigers also landed Janae Kent out of Oak Forrest, Illinois, Dan Olson’s No. 58 player in the class.

Del Rosario and Williams were named to the Naismith High School Trophy Preseason Watch List on Tuesday.

As the top player in the country, Williams has had success on every stage she has played on. Playing overseas during the Summer, Williams earned two Gold Medals with Team USA, claiming the FIBA U17 World Cup and being named MVP during Team USA’s quest for the championship at the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup, both in Hungary.

Williams is the reigning Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 22.8 point, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals, leading Parkway High School to a 34-3 record and a state championship appearance. With all-around elite talent, Williams is a natural scorer and lockdown defender whose effort and skill on both sides of the ball separate her from all the other players in the class. As a junior, Williams was a finalist for the 2022 Naismith High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award and she was a Junior All-America First Team selection by MaxPreps.

“Mikaylah is an incredibly special student-athlete,” Coach Mulkey. “Being from North Louisiana, Mikaylah chose to stay home and compete for championships as a Tiger. Her immense talent, combined with her unmatched work ethic sets her apart – making her the top player in the country. LSU fans you are in for a treat.”

“In order to take my game to the next level and to continue to learn and grow as a young woman, there’s only one place where I’ve wanted to be. Home,” Williams said when she announced her commitment to LSU.

Del Rosario is a five-star prospect who is the top true big in the country with a powerful inside game who can utilize the face up game. She sees the floor well and can play outside the key too. She is also a physical defensive presence who hits the boards hard. Del Rosario took home the Gold Medal from the FIBA U18 World Cup in Argentina over the Summer.

“Aalyah brings a dominant inside presence to our front court,” Coach Mulkey said. “She has closely followed post players that I have coached in the past and has the capability to be the next great post player at LSU. I can’t wait to get Aalyah to Baton Rouge and get to work.”

“I selected LSU because when I first arrived in this country, my first game I watched was of Coach Mulkey’s team,” said Del Rosario, whose family is from the Dominican Republic. “I loved her style. I loved the way she coached her girls. I knew then I wanted to play for someone like her. LSU for me felt like home when I was on campus. The development that I will be able to experience from Coach Mulkey and Coach Starkey will be what I will need to one day play professional basketball. Winning a national championship is a goal of mine and I know I am with the right people to do it with.”

During her junior season at The Webb School, Del Rosario averaged a double-double with 13.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game while adding 4.0 assists per game. She was a finalist for the 2022 TSSAA Division II-A Miss Basketball Award.

Del Rosario and Velez have proved to be a lethal guard-post duo, leading The Webb School to the Tennessee Division II-A State Championship as juniors.

Velez is a shifty point guard who plays with the position with a flair with shifty ball handling skills. She is an athletic floor leader with a poised back court game. Velez scored 13 points to help bring the Tennessee State Championship home for The Webb School.

“Angelica is a true point guard who brings a competitive edge to Baton Rouge,” Coach Mulkey said. “As a former point guard, I appreciate her ability to make her teammates look great. Her on-court leadership is phenomenal and will be sure to have a huge impact on our team for years to come.”

“I selected LSU because I wanted to be coached by Coach Mulkey and win with the girls that are in that program,” Velez said. “I want to win a national championship and I feel under Coach Mulkey, I believe I will thrive and really prove that I can play at the next level.”

Kent comes from a basketball family who can score all around the court. She is a two-time South Suburban (Chicago) Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-State selection last year. Already with over 1,000 career points at Oak Forrest High School, Kent averaged 25 points and 9 rebounds throughout her junior season. Basketball is in Kents blood as her father played at Ohio University, mother played at West Virginia and brother is a starter at Bradley.

“Janae brings much needed size to our perimeter,” Coach Mulkey said. “Her versatility is a huge part of her game. From scoring to rebounding, she can affect the game in a variety of ways with her length. She is going to come to Baton Rouge ready to get to work and we are excited to see what she accomplishes at LSU.”

“I want to come to LSU to compete for championships,” Kent said. “Coach Mulkey has built a staff around her that I think will give me the ability to reach my full potential and play in a program that competes at the highest level.”

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LSU WBB: No. 1 Recruiting Class Shines Against McNeese State

Aalyah Del Rosario shines for the Tigers in historic win over McNeese, youngsters growing up early.

No. 7 LSU held McNeese scoreless and went on a 47-0 run to allow the Tigers to set program records for points scored and margin of victory, defeating McNeese, 133-44.

“I told them at the half that we held them scoreless in the second quarter,” Coach Kim Mulkey said. “I told them then I’m not really sure I’ve ever been a part of that. And then I found out about that run and you don’t think about it at the moment. I don’t know that I have been a part of that. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing - that is kind of crazy.”


LSU had six players score in double-figures with three earning double-doubles, and two freshman recorded career highs. It marked the first time this year six players reached double digits. 

Aalyah Del Rosario earned her first career double-double as she led all scorers with 27-points and had 10 boards, both of which are career-highs for the freshman. 

“For me it’s just about progress,” Del Rosario said. “Compared to the beginning of the season when I came here, I was not in the best shape. Now I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. The support from my teammates and my coaching staff has been amazing.”

“You saw a couple things tonight that Aalyah couldn’t do earlier in the year,” Coach Mulkey said. “She’s very proud of herself. And when you do things like that and you see results, the first thing that happens is you them become really, really confident.”

Mikaylah Williams was right behind her with 26 points. Angelica Velez had a career-high 10 points and 5 assists with no turnovers while Janae Kent scored 6 as LSU’s four freshmen scored 69 points.

Angel Reese and Aneesah Morrow earned double-doubles as the duo continued its dominance down low. Reese had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Morrow scored 18 and hauled in 10 rebounds. 

Alva Mofalk and Emilia Tenbrock each scored 12 to lead the Cowgirls as the only two players to reach double figures. No Cowgirl had more than five rebounds and two fouled out in the fourth quarter. 

LSU will be back in action on Sunday afternoon as it hosts Northwestern State at 2:00 p.m. inside the PMAC before hitting the road next Wednesday to take on Coppin State in Baltimore, Maryland, a trip home for Reese. 


Midway through the first quarter the game was tied at 10, but as soon as LSU went to a man press it went on a dominating 47-0 run that spanned from the first quarter into the third to stretch the score. The Tigers scored at least 30 points in all four quarters. 

The Tigers were 45-78 for a field goal percentage of 58-percent to mark the team's second best shooting effort this season. LSU held McNeese to 29-percent on 16-55. The Tigers forced 36 turnovers and only gave up 7, the lowest of the season. LSU tallied 20 steals and scored 52 points off turnovers alone. LSU out-rebounded McNeese 52-27 and scored 60 points inside the paint.

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