The ability for the Gamecocks to keep Dawn Staley paid off big on Tuesday when one of the top players in-state, and in the country, decided to commit to Staley and the Gamecocks.
Kaydra Duckett, the 5-foot-10 guard from Dreher High School, committed to South Carolina for the class of 2014.
Made a verbal commitment to USC guys.... Been a blessed experience.— Allie Mars(: (@Chef_KayRDee) April 23, 2013
Duckett is the 19th-ranked player on ESPN and considered the 4th-ranked player at her position. She has a grade of 96 overall and is listed as a five-star recruit. Some attributes to describe Duckett as listed on her ESPN profile include: nice pull-up jumper, loves to attack off the dribble, finishes well in traffic, good passer.
Duckett's commitment is a big one on its own for Dawn Staley but it could possibly help with another local recruit who is considered the number one prospect in the country in the class of 2014. It appears that Duckett is friends with Heathwood Hall's A'ja Wilson, who has offers from across the country including Tennessee, UCONN, South Carolina and more. The relationship those two have along with Wilson's already heavy interest in South Carolina could mean some really big things are on the way for Dawn Staley and the Lady Gamecocks.
Duckett averaged 17.5 points per game along with 3.4 steals and 2.3 assists per game while leading Dreher High School to the state championships.
The addition of Duckett is just another step for Dawn Staley in making South Carolina a national powerhouse program in women's college basketball. The sky is the limit for the Gamecocks and Duckett will be a welcomed addition.