Girls basketball tidbits

I know we’re right in the middle of the baseball/softball/track postseason, but there are a couple newsworthy things going on in the girls basketball world that I thought I’d share.

ESPN’s Hoopgurlz reported today that St. Mary’s High forward Emily Vann has given an oral commitment to UC Davis. The junior forward came back from an injury that sidelined her much of her sophomore season and had a solid year, helping the Panthers to the Division IV state title game. She averaged 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Panthers, who were BSAL, NCS and NorCal champions. Here’s what HoopGurlz had to say.

Two other East Bay juniors have received lots of state and national recognition for their most recent high school seasons. But surely the biggest honor for Carondelet’s Erica Payne and Berkeley’s Brittany Boyd was being selected to try out for the under-18 national team. Only 26 players were invited and 12 make the cut. Payne and Boyd are two of just eight juniors on the list. The trials are June 8-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Boyd and Payne were also recognized by ESPN Rise as underclass All-Americans, along with Bishop O’Dowd freshman K.C. Waters. As far as recruiting goes, Boyd moved up to No. 30 while Payne is No. 61 in HoopGurlz’ latest ranking of college prospects. Berkeley’s Chairese Culberson, currently rehabbing a knee injury, is No. 38.

Stephanie Hammon