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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 1 72 Evans — and as the second-best for- ward. In college, the 6-4 Cooks proj- ects as a stretch 4, because of her ability to face up to the basket with a developing perimeter game. Last season for Saint Joseph's High School, Cooks averaged 23.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.9 assists, helping the Lancers fin- ish runners-up in their division. Purdue has long liked the long, athletic forward, offering her a schol- arship in seventh grade. "I was kind of like 'Thanks?'" she told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel earlier this year, "because I didn't re- ally know what it meant." Cooks is a close friend of Evans, the two having played together on the USA U18 team this summer. There, Cooks averaged 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while starting all five games. MADISON TREECE Purdue is in the mix for Missouri's Madison Treece, the 30th-ranked player in the country — and third-best post — in the Class of 2017. On Aug. 3, her Rock Bridge high school coach told me- dia that the 6-4 forward had narrowed her list to Duke, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Purdue and TCU. Oklahoma is apparently not in the picture, although her older sister, McKenna Treece, is a junior for the Sooners. Madison Treece, who visited Purdue this summer, de- committed from Kentucky in late April, joining a parade of six Wildcat players who opted to leave the program and at least one other commitment who also decided against signing. IN FOCUS Point guard is a priority for the Boilermakers, as they need at least one in the class. Evans is a priority, but so too is Miami's Channise Lewis. Unlike others, Lewis has been fairly quiet about those recruiting her, but there are many. ESPN ranks the 5-8 point at Country Day School as the class's 32nd overall player, the ninth-best at her position. Last season, Lewis led Country Day to its second straight state title, averaging 13 points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds per game. Illinois' Cymone Goodrich, a 5-8 recruit at Chicago South Shore, might be more of a combo, ranked the No. 17 guard nationally by ESPN. She averaged 16.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, three assists and 2.7 steals per games last season and lists more than a dozen among those she's considering, including Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Michi- gan, Minnesota and others. Versyp is looking at a couple of posts from North Car- olina as well, including Providence Day School's Janelle Bailey, the No. 8 post per ESPN. A blue-collar interior presence, Bailey, who played on the U17 team this sum- mer, averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds as a junior. She's expected to narrow her list to five near the begin- ning of September. And 6-3 post Eleah Parker, from Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, has a Purdue offer. She's ranked No. 47 overall, seven-best post by ESPN. Purdue's looking at Canada as well, including Tamara Farquhar, a 6-foot forward from Pierrefonds, Quebec, and Hailey Brown, a 6-1 forward from St. Thomas More Cath- olic in Hamilton, Ontario. ESPN ranks the latter No. 45 overall. j Kyle Charters Gary West's Dana Evans is a Purdue priority, as she is for many other schools. The scoring pint guard averaged 35.8 points as a junior last season.

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