UConn women offer Noblesville girls basketball standout Ashlynn Shade
Ashlynn Shade's recruiting stock continues to skyrocket.
The 5-9 guard from Noblesville picked up yet another noteworthy scholarship offer last week, adding 11-time national champion Connecticut to an already lengthy list that includes Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt, among others.
The Huskies already have a commitment from Indiana's top 2022 prospect, Ayanna Patterson, a 6-2 wing from Homestead.
Shade, who held four offers entering her freshman year, is rated as a five-star recruit by ESPN, which listed her as the "biggest stock riser" in the 2023 rankings earlier this summer (she jumped from unranked to No. 5 in the nation). ESPN's scouting report on the Noblesville native praises her strength, and notes her shooting prowess and ability to attack off the ball screen. Defensively, the write-up continues, Shade has quick and versatile hands, and her "outstanding conditioning" allows her to get after opponents on the defensive end.
The high praise for Shade shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
After pouring in nearly 21 points per game as a freshman, she averaged 23.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, shooting 47% last season, leading the Millers to a 21-5 finish that culminated with their first sectional title since 2015. She dropped 36 points in the sectional championship game at Zionsville.
“I tell myself all the time, ‘She’s literally 16 years old,’” Noblesville coach Donna Buckley said last January. “She doesn't play like a young kid, in terms of her skill set and what she can do. What she could do with her skill is there from day one, but just learning the game and understanding what people are going to do to take her out of a game, and how she can counter, that's fun to watch her grow in that area.”
In addition to playing for the Indy Lady Gym Rats EYBL on the AAU circuit this summer, Shade also helped her father coach the Indiana Girls Basketball (IGB) 2030 Shade team to the AAU National Championship in Cincinnati earlier this month.
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