Duke women’s basketball adds No. 2 class with five signees

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Blue Devils head coach Joanne P. McCallie along with recruiting coordinators Hernando Planells and Rene Haynes, announced Wednesday the signing of Haley Gorecki (Palatine, Ill.), Krya Lambert (Cibolo, Texas), Crystal Primm (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Angela Salvadores (Leon, Spain) and Faith Suggs (Flossmoor, Ill.) to National Letters of Intent (NLI’s) to attend Duke in the Fall 2015.

“It’s a real thrill to bring such great student-athletes to Duke and to grow something very special here,” McCallie said.

“Many thanks and kudos goes to a great staff effort. Without question Hernando Planells and Rene Haynes have spearheaded this whole effort and the rest of us have played our role as we should. Again, it is fantastic to see the quality of people, the quality of student-athlete and the quality of their families. Across the board it is a terrific group.”

The five-member group is ranked No. 2 nationally by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and espnW HoopGurlz.

The class features three players in the top 25 of the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report listing, including fifth-ranked Salvadores.

“What makes this group so special is their pride for Duke,” McCallie continued.

“They really want to play both sides of the ball so to speak – meaning they want a great basketball program and they want a great academic program. They are committed, gelled and blended incredibly well with our team. Each are very diverse in their skill sets, so playing together and playing off each other will be a lot of fun for them.”

Duke will graduate four seniors in May – Elizabeth Williams, Ka’lia Johnson, Jenna Frush and Amber Henson.

Henson will have two years of eligibility remaining if she chooses to come back next season.

The Blue Devils will also return Kendall Cooper, Oderah Chidom, Rebecca Greenwell, Sierra Calhoun, Lyneé Belton, Azurá Stevens, Erin Mathias and Mercedes Riggs in 2015-16.

“The future is extremely bright,” McCallie said.

“We are really excited about the 2016 class that will join the class of 2015 who will join our current team. All I can see is an incredible transitioning team, a very smart basketball team with a high IQ; while also a great three-point shooting team. Just all the elements that it takes to be dominate. I’m very excited and I know our staff is very excited. Again – tremendous kudos to our staff for their effort. It will be a neat bill for years to come.”

Haley Gorecki – 6-0/Guard/Palatine, Ill. (William Fremd H.S.)

Ranking:  No. 43 (All Star Girls Report), No. 55 (HoopGurlz/Girls Basketball Report) , No. 46 (Blue Star Report)

McCallie on Gorecki:

“Haley is a smooth guard.  Just an excellent play-making guard and she can also play one, two or three. She is very versatile and can play point guard when needed but can also play off ball. She has great experience of running and transition. She is also great at pushing the ball up the floor, playing off the bounce, and has an excellent three-point shot who has great leadership skills. A wonderful person, and comes from a great family from Chicago. Haley was somebody who was taken by the Duke experience and by our team as well.”

Kyra Lambert – 5-9/Guard/Cibolo, Texas (Samuel Clemens H.S.)

Ranking:  No. 9 (HoopGurlz/Girls Basketball Report), No. 10 (Blue Star Report), No. 9 (All Star Girls Report)

McCallie on Lambert:

“Kyra is a jet quick point guard. She can get that ball north to south faster than most point guards that we have ever had at Duke in terms of her overall speed and quickness. She is a creator off the bounce and she loves transition. She will benefit our transition game tremendously. She will hit the three-pointer when needed and she is a great defender. She can pick up full court and really harass the ball handler. Kyra is a leader by nature and is committed to the Duke experience in wanting to get it all so to speak.”

Crystal Primm – 5-11/Guard/West Palm Beach, Fla. (Oxbridge Academy)

Ranking:  No. 23 (Blue Star Report), No. 46 (HoopGurlz/Girls Basketball Report) , No. 30 (All Star Girls Report)

McCallie on Primm:

“Crystal is unique when talking about a versatile player. She can play the two, three, or four. She can play a lot of perimeter basketball and is a key defensive stopper for us because she can pick up full court. She reminds me of a blend defensively of Keturah Jackson and a Ka’lia Johnson athletically. She is really a great competitor. Her dad was her coach and she has been coached hard. She is not sensitive and she is just really special that way.”

Angela Salvadores – 5-10/Guard/Leon, Spain (Marista San Jose)

Ranking:  No. 5 (HoopGurlz/Girls Basketball Report), No. 22 (All Star Girls Report)

McCallie on Salvadores:

“Angela obviously has great international experience and great guard experience. She is very comfortable playing any guard position as she does care where she plays. Angela can have the ball or she can be off the ball. She’s creative off the bounce and she has a beautiful three-point shot. Angela has played in a lot of games so she understands basketball; she has a very high IQ. It is going to be great to welcome her to the Duke community.”

Faith Suggs – 6-1/Guard-Forward/Flossmoor, Ill. (Homewood Flossmoor H.S.)

Ranking:  No. 25 (HoopGurlz/Girls Basketball Report), , No. 29 (Blue Star Report), No. 46 (All Star Girls Report)

McCallie on Suggs:

“Faith is a very athletic wing player. She is someone who can play the three and the four when we want to go with a smaller line up, that I’m sure we will at times. She is very strong and can hit the three with ease. She has hit seven in a game before. She also can play of the bounce, create and rebound. She is a very committed player; she committed early and is someone that knows what she wants.  She is also excited about being academically challenged as well as challenged on the court.”