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Old 08-15-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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Default 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

6'2 wing prospect from Sacramento, California. Currently the #6 prospect in the 2018 class. Was a member of the 2016 U17 team that won a silver medal.

Known for her athleticism, the key for DeCosta is developing more offensive consistency and becoming better at taking care of the ball. She's a great rebounder and loves to mix it up in side.. more of a 3 but can play with 4's if needed.

Recently narrowed down to a TOP 20 (yes, a top 20) and will soon narrow her list even further.

Duke, Southern California, Louisville, Tennessee, Maryland, Arizona State, UCONN, Cal, UCLA, Loyala Marymount, South Carolina, Washington, Oklahoma, Kentucky, LSU, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon, Oregon State and Baylor..

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Old 09-17-2016, 03:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

Aquira DeCosta narrows her list to a top 14.. South Carolina, Southern California, Louisville, Duke, Kentucky, LMU, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Cal, LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma

She surprisingly eliminated some BIG names.. UCONN, Notre Dame, Maryland, Oregon State, Arizona State and Alabama
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:45 AM   #3
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Dawn has taken recruiting nationwide, which is the key to our future success.
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:42 AM   #4
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I thinks it's gonna take some hard work to pull her from the West coast
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:28 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

It's always more difficult getting recruits to consider schools outside of their geographic region.. But considering that 8 of DeCosta's 14 listed schools are east of the Colorado Rockies I would say she's serious about her options nationally as well.
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Old 10-05-2016, 12:25 AM   #6
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

Recently narrowed down to a top 9... Baylor, LMU, Louisville, Washington, LSU, UCLA, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Southern California.

South Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, California and Oregon are no longer being considered.
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

I just saw an espnW article posted on twitter that said we are back in the hunt for her. Good deal, she pounds the boards, can elevate and be a REALLY disruptive force on defense. Top talent here! Hope we get the inside track.....

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Old 03-03-2017, 03:17 PM   #8
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

Here's the article you're talking about.

She has a top 7 of Baylor, Tennessee, Washington, Louisville, UCLA, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Gotta think Destanni Henderson's commitment gave DeCosta a reason to take another look at SC.
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Old 03-30-2017, 08:58 PM   #9
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

No idea if it's true or not but someone on The big Spur posted the following :

DeCosta's dad is from Hampton, SC and went to USC with me.
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Default Re: 2018 WBB - Aquira DeCosta - Wing

WBB: Top-10 prospect Aquira DeCosta (CA-2018), names her "final 5": Baylor, Cal, Louisville, South Carolina, Tenn [dropped UCLA, Okla, Wash]

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From dropped of her list to final 5. Nice to see 2 pacific schools dropped from her list.
Still dreaming of a 2018 class of Henderson, Nelson-Ododa, Smith, and DeCosta.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:19 PM   #12
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From dropped of her list to final 5. Nice to see 2 pacific schools dropped from her list.
Still dreaming of a 2018 class of Henderson, Nelson-Ododa, Smith, and DeCosta.
I think we have a good shot at getting at least 3 of those 4 with our best chances being Nelson-Ododa. I'm not sure how many Dawn will take in this class though.
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I'm told I should feel good about Nelson-Ododa.

For some reason, Tennessee fans are convinced that Nelson-Ododa is going to commit to SC. Part of that may be due to their defeatist malaise that's infected their fan base.
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I think we have a good shot at getting at least 3 of those 4 with our best chances being Nelson-Ododa. I'm not sure how many Dawn will take in this class though.
I think it would be fair to say that Henderson is our best chance since she's already verbally committed. But I like your optimism. The addition of Nelson-Oboda would be huge.
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I think we have a good shot at getting at least 3 of those 4 with our best chances being Nelson-Ododa. I'm not sure how many Dawn will take in this class though.

Well she can still take 3 transfers for 2017. If she doesn't take any transfers she can have 5 scholarships for 2018. Any 2017 transfers than take 1 scholarship away for 2018 class per transfer.
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:43 AM   #16
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Well she can still take 3 transfers for 2017. If she doesn't take any transfers she can have 5 scholarships for 2018. Any 2017 transfers than take 1 scholarship away for 2018 class per transfer.
If we get those 4 that would be 14 players in 2018, assuming no transfers in or out. Personally I don't like having that many and would prefer around 12. I think we did better this year because having fewer bodies allowed the starters to gel together.
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Well she can still take 3 transfers for 2017. If she doesn't take any transfers she can have 5 scholarships for 2018. Any 2017 transfers than take 1 scholarship away for 2018 class per transfer.
Unless they are graduate transfers, then they are one and done for 2017-18....
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If we get those 4 that would be 14 players in 2018, assuming no transfers in or out. Personally I don't like having that many and would prefer around 12. I think we did better this year because having fewer bodies allowed the starters to gel together.
If Staley lands those 4 players, there will be some attrition from others on the roster that will be recruited over. You NEVER turn down elite talent, unless you are loaded at a particular position.
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Great article. Very informative incite into Aquira's mindset on her recruitment status. Thanks for posting.
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