McKenzie Calvert lands at USC
McKenzie Calvert verbally committed to head coach Cynthia Cooper and the USC Trojans on Oct. 17. The 5-7 point guard from Byron P. Steele II High School in Schertz, Texas, is rated the No. 16 prospect in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz.
Calvert had originally committed to Baylor before reopening her recruitment this past spring. She chose USC over Duke, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Winthrop.
Calvert is a smooth playmaker with excellent handles and is creative in transition. She possesses an explosive first step and has the ability to break down defenders. She is also active defensively and can be a lockdown defender but sometimes the effort isn’t always there.
Calvert said that she chose to leave the state of Texas because she wanted to try something new and that moving to Los Angeles “sounded cool.”
Calvert is the third player in the 2014 class to commit to the Trojans. She joins 6-2 post Amy Okonkwo, the No. 93 rated prospect according to HoopGurlz and Chyanne Butler, a three-star recruit, in Cooper’s 2014 class.
“They rank in the top five for pharmaceutical schools in the country,” Calvert added. “I’ll get to play for a coach that played in the Olympics and WNBA and was one of the best players in the country at her time. And I’d be surrounded by a great 2014 recruiting class and play along side one of the top point guards in California.”
Cooper, 49, is in her first year at USC after spending last year at Texas Southern, where she led the Lady Tigers a school record 20 wins. Cooper has compiled a 150-106 record in eight collegiate seasons and reached the postseason the last seven seasons, which includes two NCAA bids. She replaced Michael Cooper, who resigned after posting a 11-20 record last season.
USC returns 12 players from last year’s squad including leading scorer Cassie Harberts. Harberts, a senior 6-2 forward, averaged 18.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as a junior. The Trojans also brought in two transfers and two freshmen for the 2013-14 season.