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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM Indiana recruiting notebook >> Crockett chooses Michigan, Stewart to Murray St., Patterson set to commit

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, March 12, 2021, 2:38 pm

Alyssa Crockett is going Blue. 

Westfield’s junior forward committed to the University of Michigan last week and Maize and Blue faithful everywhere are celebrating the good news. 

The 6-foot-2 Crockett is versatile and can play in the post and on the wing. Westfield went 15-6 in 2021 and Crockett averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game. In the offseason, she plays for Indiana Elite on the AAU circuit. ESPN ranks her in the Top 50 in the country for the Class of 2022.

Michigan offered in July. Northwestern, Washington, DePaul, Louisville, Colorado, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Maryland, Minnesota and Arizona State were also in hot pursuit. Crockett will be one of the preseason favorites for Miss Basketball next winter.

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Racing to the next level

She might be the most underrated floor general in the southern part of the state.

Over the weekend, Terre Haute North point guard Zoe Stewart committed to Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference. She averaged 20 points, four assists and five rebounds in 2021. THN finished 14-9 this past season.

Stewart is deadly in the open floor and attacks the glass as well as any guard in Hoosierland. Last month, she became only the fifth THN player to join the 1,000-point club. Stewart is the first player in the program to earn a Division I college scholarship in eight years.

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And now, there are five

Homestead junior center Ayanna Patterson might be the best post prospect in America. She’s the No. 1 recruit in the state’s junior class and ESPN slots her as third overall in the entire Class of 2022. Homestead won a regional this year. Miss Basketball appears to be hers for the taking.

Patterson (6-2) has narrowed her list of college choices down to a Top 5 of Louisville, Indiana, UConn, Notre Dame and UCLA. Her decision is slated for March 20.