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Trio of guards sign with IU women’s basketball, complete incoming recruiting class

<p>Then-junior guard Ali Patberg searches for a teammate to throw the ball to. No. 13 IU plays Samford University on Thursday night.</p>

Then-junior guard Ali Patberg searches for a teammate to throw the ball to. No. 13 IU plays Samford University on Thursday night.

IU women’s basketball head coach Teri Moren announced the program’s incoming recruiting class Thursday, and the Hoosiers went guard-heavy for the class of 2025. Keyarah Berry, Kaitlin Peterson and Paige Price each signed their letters of intent to play for IU starting next season. 

“We are really excited about this recruiting class. We have two really athletic guards from here in the United States and we were able to sign the best player in Australia,” Moren said. “These three are all terrific basketball players and great young ladies. This class has the potential to help us continue to reach our high expectations.”

Keyarah Berry

Berry is coming off a sensational junior campaign in which she averaged 32.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for Rockmart High School in Rockmart, Georgia. The 5-foot-11-inch guard was the nation’s sixth leading high school scorer last season and is listed as All Star Girls Report’s No. 79 overall prospect in the class of 2021.

“Keyarah is a player that has a lot of upside,” Moren said. “She has the ability to score at all three levels with deep 3-point range, good elevation on her mid-range, and an explosion to the rim. With her athleticism, we believe that Keyarah will develop into a very good defender for us as well.”

Kaitlin Peterson

Peterson, from Eufaula, Alabama, makes for the perfect compliment to Berry in the backcourt as more of a do-it-all, pass-first guard. At 5 feet, 9 inches tall, Peterson has a quick first step that allows her to contribute as a dynamic two-way guard whether she’s shooting, passing or defending.

“The first thing you notice when watching Kaitlin is her speed,” Moren said. “She is as fast with the basketball as any player in the country. As we continued to get to know Kaitlin, her competitiveness and desire to win really stuck out. We are looking forward to being able to coach her and help take her game to another level.”

Paige Price

Rounding out IU’s incoming freshman class, Price provides a bigger frame at 6 feet, 2 inches that makes her more of a threat out on the wing. As an inside-out scorer that plays with such high energy on both ends of the floor, the No. 1-rated Australian recruit out of Victoria, Australia, perfectly fits the mold as a future go-to guard for Moren.

“Paige is a player who we have been recruiting for a couple of years,” Moren said. “She is a big guard who plays with a unique toughness. Paige has the ability to score the basketball. She can really shoot the ball, but she also knows how to get to the rim to score. She plays really hard. Paige’s ability to play multiple positions is going to be very valuable for us.”

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