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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Spitzley and Williams both commit to Western Michigan, among latest girls hoops signings

By: Scott Burnstein, September 27, 2018, 11:30 pm

Notable recent girls basketball commitments to Division I college programs:

Macomb Dakota senior center Taylor Williams and Pewamo-Westphalia junior wing Hannah Spitzley both committed to Western Michigan.

Williams is one of the top post players in Macomb County. Last year, she averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game and Dakota won a Class A district title, eventually falling to Grosse Pointe North in the regionals.

Spitzley has started on back-to-back Class C final four teams at P-W and is the first girls cager from the P-W program to corral a Division I scholarship in 16 years — she’s one of the top defensive players in the state regardless of school size. Her big sister Emily, her running mate the past two years as a prepster at P-W, will be playing at Grand Valley State this winter.

East Kentwood senior point guard Mauriya Barnes (pictured) committed to South Carolina State. A four-year starter in the backcourt, Barnes is a spunky and smart floor general, who helped pilot EK into the Class A finals as a sophomore. In 2018, she sheeted 12 points and five assists and three steals per outing.

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy senior forward Kaylyn Pendleton committed to Wright State. Pendleton plays with reckless abandon in the paint. Her Chandler Park club advanced to the Class B quarterfinals. She tallied eight points and 11 boards a night last season.