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Highly-touted hoops recruit Agee to visit Bulls

Posted Oct 28, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Oct 27, 2011 at 11:08 PM

University of South Florida women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez is getting ready to host of the nation’s top high school recruits.

Branndais Agee, a 5-foot-11 wing out of Cass Technical in Detroit, Mich., will make an official visit to USF’s campus this weekend, according to Cass Technical assistant and family friend Jarvis Mitchell. Agee is ranked as the nation’s 27th best overall prospect by ESPN’s HoopGurlz, giving Fernandez a chance to land a blue-chip recruit for his 2012-13 recruiting class.

Agee had been committed to Penn State but re-opened her commitment earlier this month. According to Mitchell, schools from across the country have been courting Agee, including Baylor and Oklahoma, each of which has been to the Final Four in the past three seasons. The Bulls are in the picture, Mitchell said, largely due to the way USF assistant Carrie Banks has handled Agee’s recruitment.

“She has probably done the best recruiting job that I have been affiliated with, even when I was playing,” said Mitchell, who played collegiately at Fairleigh Dickinson. “Carrie is just a knock-down recruiter who really, really, really knows what she’s doing. We’ve had the greatest time with recruitment coming from South Florida.”

Agee has already visited Penn State, Michigan State and Indiana, and she has a visit scheduled to Kentucky that will follow her trip to Tampa. Because Agee plans to sign during the early period that starts Nov. 9, Fernandez and his staff will get one of the last chances to make a big impression on her.

“She’s going down to Tampa because she wants to see if she can fit in down with USF’s team and see if she can help South Florida contend in the Big East,” Mitchell said.

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