LEXINGTON, Ky. – One of the nation’s top recruits Janee (ju-NAY) Thompson, a 5-foot-7 point guard from Whitney Young High School in Chicago has signed a national letter of intent with the Kentucky women's basketball team, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced today. The early signing period ends Nov. 16.
Thompson is rated as the No. 6 point guard in the class of 2012 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz, and the No. 35 player overall.
“We are thrilled Janee is joining our Wildcat family,” Mitchell said. “There were very few point guards in the Class of 2012 who we thought could handle the demands that we place on our point guards. We are very fortunate to get the player who fits our style better than anyone else and that player is Janee Thompson. She is a tremendous addition to our program and we are so excited she chose Kentucky.”
After returning to action last January from a torn ACL, Thompson averaged 7.4 points and 2.3 assists in the final 14 games for the Whitney Young Dolphins. She is a quick point guard who should fit into Mitchell’s up-tempo style of game very well. She has great ball-handling skills and is known as a lock down defender, as well.
Thompson was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Sporting News along with earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2011 Fila Deep South Classic and All-Tournament team honors at the 2011 Nike Battle in the Boro.
Thompson chose Kentucky over Auburn, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, among others.
With Thompson signing and the addition of California transfer DeNesha Stallworth (Richmond, Calif.), UK Hoops has the nation’s No. 14 recruiting class, according to the All-Star Girl’s Report. It marks Mitchell’s third consecutive top-15 recruiting class.