LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women's basketball head coach Jeff Walz and his staff announced today that they have signed three top players for their 2019 class.
Nyah Green, a 6-foot-1 guard from Allen, Texas, Ramani Parker, a 6-4 forward from Fresno, Calif., and Norika Konno, a 5-foot-10 guard from Sendai, Japan, have signed National Letters of Intent with the Louisville women's basketball program.
"We are thrilled to announce our 2019 signing class," said Walz. "We've proven year after year that we will travel wherever necessary to find players that are a fit for our program. To get Nyah from Texas, Ramani from California and Norika from Japan is very exciting, and I can't wait for our fans to get a chance to watch them play."
The recruiting class is rated No. 14 in the country, according to espnW HoopGurlz, and it marks the eighth time in the last 10 years that the Cardinals' coaching staff has compiled a top 15 class.
Last season, Louisville brought in three in-state players with Molly Lockhart, Seygan Robins and Mykasa Robinson for the No. 13 class in the nation. In the spring, the Cardinals later added graduate transfer Yacine Diop. The Cardinals welcomed the No. 6 class in 2016 and the No. 1 class in 2015.
Overall, Walz and his staff have signed nine McDonald's All-Americans – with this year's honorees still yet to be announced.
Nyah Green, 6-1, Guard, Allen, Texas (Allen)
Nyah Green comes to Louisville as the No. 12-ranked player in the class of 2019, according to espnW HoopGurlz. The five-star prospect is tabbed as the seventh-best player at the guard position. She is ranked seventh overall and as the third-best guard by Prospects Nation.
She led Bishop Lynch to a TAPPS 6A state runner-up last season, averaging 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 37 games. At the conclusion of the season, she was named TAPPS 1-6A MVP and MaxPreps High School Girls Basketball All-American Team honorable mention.
She averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore when Bishop Lynch won the TAPPS 6A state championship. She was a first-team all-state selection.
Green is transferring to Allen High School for her senior season, the school she attended as a freshman.
She is on the Citizen Naismith High School Girls' Watch List.
Green chose Louisville over LSU, Baylor, South Carolina and Tennessee.
What they're saying about Nyah Green
"Nyah was the first to commit to us her freshman year and we have all anxiously awaited this day to make it official. Nyah and her family are an amazing group of people who will be great ambassadors for our program and the university. Nyah is a big guard who can play multiple positions and create mismatches across the board. She has played at an elite level for many years and will bring a winning attitude and skillset that fans will gravitate towards. She is a top level scorer from the perimeter and has a deadly pull-up jump-shot. Her wingspan will create havoc on the defensive end and her tireless work ethic will no doubt enable her to make an impact at an early stage." Jeff Walz, Louisville Head Coach
"Consistently ranked among the nation's elite players for years now, Green has size in the back court and a quality offensive game that is still growing. Coveted by many and committed to Louisville for some time now, Green should challenge early and have an immediate impact." – Dan Olson, owner and director of the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and director of espnW HoopGurlz
"Confident, attacking, scoring combo-guard. Scores in a variety of ways in open and half-court. Creates space off dribble, finishes with flare around basket. Pull-up in lane, with range to the arc. Fits perfect with the Cardinal system for Jeff Walz. One of the top players coming out of the 2019 class." – Harry Elifson, Preferred Athlete Scouting Service
"Some players help make you a better person, Nyah Green was that player for me. Nyah will thrive under Coach Walz because she wants to be coached and pushed to greatness. Grounded in her spiritual convictions, this young woman understands that growth is a process and welcomes the hard road to success. I consistently asked her to sacrifice individual brilliance for the sake of team and she embraced the role of making her teammates better, becoming a terrific leader in the process." – Ray Caldwell, San Antonio's Finest Travel Team head coach
"Nyah is an exceptional young lady who always carries herself the right way and treats others with respect. She is a family-first person, who loves and cares about the people close to her. As far as a player, she's incredibly skilled and the way she handles the ball and passes is as good as anyone I've seen. She's a big guard who creates mismatches. She will fit perfectly in Louisville's open system." –Tyler Relph, trainer
Ramani Parker, 6-4, Forward, Fresno, Calif. (Montverde Academy)
Ramani Parker is a four-star prospect and is ranked 99th overall in the class of 2019, according to espnW HoopGurlz. She is rated No. 13 at the forward position by espnW. She is rated 29th overall and as the seventh-best forward by Prospects Nation.
Parker played for Central High School in Fresno, Calif., before transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., for her senior season.
She is on the Citizen Naismith High School Girls' Watch List.
She chose Louisville over Stanford, UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan, Duke, Ohio State and Oregon State, Baylor and South Carolina.
What they're saying about Ramani Parker
"We are so thrilled to add the length and athleticism of Ramani Parker. Ramani is a face-up forward with guard skills. She loves to run the floor and can spot up for 3-pointers in transition. She will create a lot of mismatches for opposing post players as she can post up with her back to the basket or bring her defender out on the perimeter. She will help us immediately on the defensive end as she is an elite shot blocker and has a nose for the ball. Ramani comes from a military family and understands discipline, teamwork, and trust. She is a fluid athlete whose game will continue to evolve as she adds strength and footwork." – Jeff Walz, Louisville Head Coach
"Explosively athletic forward with a tremendous upside to her game. Plays taller than advertised, is quick and elusive in the paint. Parker could be a surprise performer as a rookie for Louisville." – Dan Olson, owner and director of the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and director of espnW HoopGurlz
"Super athletic forward with huge upside at the next level. The most athletic forward in the 2019 class. Attacks from the perimeter, finishes at the basket. Rebounds on both ends. Jumps out of gym. Will be an impact on the defense end of the floor with her versatility. With her athleticism and length, she will be a mismatch on both ends of the floor at next level. Best basketball in front of her." – Harry Elifson, Preferred Athlete Scouting Service
"Ramani is a talented, athletic forward who can score inside and outside. She has a unique set of skills that is often developed in collegiate play. Her style of play is very versatile and she uses her length on both ends of the floor to capitalize on her opponents. When maxed out at her full potential, she is a lethal player that is very difficult to contain." – E.C. Hill, Montverde Academy head coach
"Ramani Parker is one of the hardest working and most talented players I've ever coached. She is a nightmare matchup. She can play inside and outside. She has great footwork and the prettiest jump shot. Off the court, she is someone who will go out of her way to make sure everyone is doing fine. I remember in high school how excited she was to help with Special Olympics. Louisville has a very special person and talent in Ramani." – Demetrius Porter, Fresno Lady Heat head coach
Norika Konno, 5-10, Guard, Sendai, Japan (Seiwa)
Norika Konno is a 5-foot-10 shooting guard from Seiwa High School in Sendai, Japan, and has an impressive resume of international experience.
In early November, she was a member of the Japanese National Team and helped the team win a silver medal at the U18 Women's Asian Championships. With the second place finish, Japan qualified for the world championships next summer in Thailand. She recorded 10-plus points in four of five games, including 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, vs. China. She finished the tournament averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
She was also a member of the 3-on-3 team from Japan that won a silver medal this past summer in the 2018 Asian Games. In her best game during the tournament, she had 28 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
What they're saying about Norika Konno
"Norika just recently finished playing with the U18 Japanese National Team in the Asian Championships where she averaged 13 points per game and helped her team to a second place finish. Norika has a flash and flair for the game that fans will love. She can score in bunches and is a relentless worker. She takes great pride in developing her skills and is always studying the game to perfect her craft. A fast paced game suits her style and there is no doubt Norika will soon become a fan favorite. She and her family are excited to undertake this new challenge and contribute to a championship team." – Jeff Walz, Louisville Head Coach
"Konno has an impressive resume from her home country of Japan. She is a skilled game manager with discipline, yet displays flair with a combo-game. Konno has superb body control attacking the basket and consistent offensive skills. She could be the real find in the class of 2019 nationally and Louisville got her." – Dan Olson, owner and director of the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and director of espnW HoopGurlz
"Fundamentally sound, savvy combo-guard who looks to score. Attacks from the perimeter with quick first step. Pull-up jumper in lane. Good stroke from 3-point range. She has a flare to her game with confident results. Will fit right in with all the athletes Coach Walz has on the roster." – Harry Elifson, Preferred Athlete Scouting Service
"Norika is a player with a lot of potential. I'm excited to watch her development at Louisville and know she is in good hands with Coach Walz. This is a win-win-win situation for Norika, Louisville and Japan Women's basketball."- Tom Hovasse, Japan U-18 National Team head coach
Recruiting Class Rankings at Louisville Under Jeff Walz (per espnW HoopGurlz/ESPN.com)
2019 – No. 14
2018 – No. 13
2017 – No. 4
2016 – No. 6
2015 – No. 1
2014 – No. 8
2013 – NR
2012 – NR
2011 – No. 10
2010 – No. 5
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