LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two of the nation’s top 30 recruits in Azia Bishop, a 6-foot-3 power forward/center from Start High School in Toledo, Ohio, and Bria Goss, a 5-10 guard from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, have signed national letters of intent with the Kentucky women's basketball team, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced today. The early signing period ends Nov. 17.
Bishop is rated the No. 34 prospect overall and the No. 3 post player in the nation, according to ESPN's HoopGurlz rankings. Bluestar Basketball has her ranked as the nation’s No. 30 prospect. She averaged nine points and eight rebounds for Start High School as a junior, leading the Spartan’s to an 18-5 overall record. She was named to the Division I All-District third team and was an All-American honorable mention by Sporting News Magazine.
“Azia is a person who fits in perfectly to what we are trying to accomplish at Kentucky,” Mitchell said. “She is extremely athletic and one of the most dynamic post players in the country. She possesses the versatility we love in our post players at UK. She definitely will fit in our up-tempo style of play and we think she just is scratching the surface of her potential. She is a young woman who I really enjoyed getting to know through the recruiting process and she is the kind of person we want at UK.”
Bishop chose Kentucky over Ohio State.
Goss, Indiana’s leading Miss Basketball candidate, is listed as the nation’s 17th overall player and the No. 4 guard in the country, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. She averaged 15.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.1 steals last season and played a major role in her team winning back-to-back state titles. The heralded prep star was an All-American honorable mention selection by Sporting News Magazine and was a 2010 third-team Max Preps All-American.
After helping lead the Giants to a No. 2 national ranking in 2009-10, Goss was named first-team Indiana All-State (2010), first-team All-Metro Super Team (2010) and first-team AP Indiana All-State. She also is a two-time first-team All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (2009 and 2010) choice and two-time first-team All-Marion County (2009 and 2010) selection. During her prep career, Ben Davis High School has charted an impressive 83-2 record, including 58 consecutive wins.
“Bria is one of the most dynamic perimeter players in this year’s class,” Mitchell said. “She has an uncanny ability to make players around her better. Every time I watched her games, I thought she elevated the play of her teammates. She is exceptionally quick both offensively and defensively and she also is the type of athlete that fits in our up-tempo style. I think she will have a real advantage coming in because her high school employs the same style of play we do. She is a proven winner as evident by her sparkling 83-2 record in high school. She possesses the character as a person that we are looking for and I couldn’t be more excited that Bria Goss is playing basketball at Kentucky.”
Goss chose the Cats over Maryland, South Carolina, Purdue and Indiana.
With Bishop and Goss signing, UK Hoops has the nation’s No. 10 recruiting class, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, marking Mitchell’s second consecutive top-10 recruiting class.