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IU adds top prospect to 2019 recruiting class


Women's basketball Coach Teri Moren shouts after a referee calls a foul on IU. The Hoosiers faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, Feb. 17, and won 83-75. Moren and the Hoosiers landed 2019 recruit Shaila Beeler from Warren Central on Sunday.  Ty Vinson

Warren Central High School point guard Shaila Beeler, considered to be one of the state’s top 2019 prospects, verbally committed to play for the Hoosiers on Sunday.

Beeler, a rising senior from Indianapolis, joins a forward-heavy 2019 recruiting class consisting of Arielle Wisne from Colorado, Mackenzie Holmes from Maine and Beeler's AAU teammate, Jorie Allen from Bedford, Indiana.

Beeler ended the 2017-18 season averaging 13.5 points and five assists per game and helped secure Warren Central's first state title. She only averaged around 10 points per game going into the state tournament, but had an incredible postseason scoring run, dropping a career high 33 points against Indianapolis Pike in the Regional Championship. 

She followed that up in the state semifinals by overshadowing Allen and her Bedford North Lawrence squad, scoring 25 points and moving on to the next round. 

The 5 foot, 7 inch, guard is ranked as one of the top 20 recruits of 2019 by Prospects Nation and is on ESPN’s 2019 top 100 watch list. She was on the Indiana Junior All-Star team and in 2017, was invited along with 34 other athletes to participate in Team USA Basketball’s Under-16 trials.

Beeler will be joining an IU backcourt consisting of transfer Ali Patberg from Notre Dame, who will be in her senior season during the 2019-20 season, Jaelynn Penn and Bendu Yeaney, who will both be in their junior seasons, and incoming freshman Grace Berger out of Louisville.

Declan McLaughlin

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