Breaking down the Lady Bulldogs' class of new signees
Georgia officially signed three prospects to start its 2021 class. Meet each of them and see what's next.
ATHENS, Ga. — In four out of the last five recruiting classes, Georgia has signed at least one prospect with a four-star rating or higher. That recruiting success lived on inside the women’s basketball offices at Stegeman Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.
Four-star guard Reigan Richardson (who had a five-star rating on ESPN HoopGurlz at the time of her commitment) signed her national letter-of-intent from North Carolina to headline the 2021 class. Richardson follows the signing of four-star Sarah Ashlee Barker for the 2020 class and two five-stars — guard Chloe Chapman and forward Javyn Nicholson — the year prior.
Richardson joins Kimora Jenkins from New York and Alina Sendar, an overseas product from the Netherlands, as those who officially became Lady Bulldogs as the early signing period began.
“What a great start to our 2021 class,” Taylor said in a statement after Georgia closed out the day by signing Sendar. “We are thrilled to add these three extremely talented players to our program. It has been great to build relationships with Alina, Kimmie, Reigan and their families during this recruiting process. They will all be a huge part of our success going forward, and I am excited they are joining our family.
“Most importantly, they are all great young ladies who fit our program.”
Georgia fared well in the 2021 class after a few top in-state prospects opted to go elsewhere. The Lady Bulldogs didn’t add Peach State natives Raven Johnson (South Carolina), Sania Feagin (South Carolina) or Kayla McPherson (North Carolina). However, Taylor led the class with Richardson and feels strongly about Sendar and Jenkins.
An in-state product could be added to this list in the coming days, too, as four-star forward Jillian Hollingshead plans to announce her college decision on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m.
Until then, here’s an introduction of the newest group of Lady Bulldogs who will suit up next season.
G | 5-foot-11 | Cannon School, Huntersville, N.C.
Knowing her game: Athletic combo guard who manufactures shots, known for mid-range shooting with ability to shoot beyond the perimeter, strong rebounder and volume scorer
Three-level scorer, excels in transition, extremely good at getting downhill and drawing contact, elite defender, can guard 1-4, makes her teammates better — Ashley Rivens, Richardson’s trainer and coach at Cannon School and with Team Curry
ESPN HoopGurlz profile: Four-star prospect; 34th-ranked player nationally; 15th-ranked guard prospect
Accolades: 2020 AP All-State Team; 2020 Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association Player of the Year; NCISAA 4A All-State Team in 2019 and 2020
By the numbers: Richardson posted team-highs in every statistical category with her high school program: 22.8 points per game, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.4 assists.
AAU program: Team Curry
What Taylor said: “With Reigan, we are getting one of the best players in the country. She is smooth, she is athletic and brings a scorer’s mentality to the floor.”
Kimora ‘Kimmie’ Jenkins
G | 6-foot | Milbrook School, Deer Park, N.Y.
Knowing her game: Taller guard, ability to drive inside and possess range and developing passer
Accolades: Millbrook’s all-time scoring leader with 792 points over two seasons; led team to first-ever NESPAC tournament appearance
By the numbers: Jenkins, as team captain over two seasons, averaged 20 points per game, four assists and 5.3 rebounds
AAU program: Bria Holmes Elite
What Taylor said: “Kimmie’s ability to create offense for her teammates with her vision and IQ will be a great asset to our team.”
G | 5-foot-11 | Orange Lions Academy
Knowing her game: Strong defender and rebounder, ability to affect shots and ability to score with range
Accolades: A member of the Netherlands national team and competed in the European Championship in 2018.
Fun fact: Sendar is an overseas product from the Netherlands and moved within Europe at the age of 14 to enhance her basketball pursuits. She’s the third Lady Bulldog from overseas in recent years, following Bianca Blanaru (Romania) and Simone Costa (Portugal).
What Taylor said: “Alina brings tremendous experience from her years of playing with the U16 Netherlands National Team. She is the ultimate competitor and fits our style of play with toughness and ability to defend.”