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Women’s hoops: Two Texans give verbal commitment to Lobos

Texas high school guard Madison Washington has given a verbal commitment to play basketball at UNM. courtesy Madison Washington

It ended up being a Texas-style weekend for Mike Bradbury.

The University of New Mexico women’s basketball coach hosted three recruits from the Lone Star State over the weekend. On Sunday two of them verbally committed via Twitter.

High school guards Madison (Madi) Washington and Tatiana (Tia) Wright tweeted photos of themselves on campus along with messages confirming their verbal commitments to join the Lobos beginning in 2017-18. Bradbury’s initial recruiting class now includes four members, all of them guards.

Technically, Washington and Wright are a bit tougher to classify. Washington is a 5-foot-8 combo guard at Red Oaks High School, while Wright is a 5-9 wing at McKinney North High School. Both schools are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“Nobody’s ever been able to tell me what position I really play,” Washington said in a phone interview Sunday. “I think I’m more of a point guard, but I can play shooting guard, too. I guess I’m more of a combo guard. I’ll play wherever they want me.”

Washington, a left-hander who played club ball for DFW Elite, averaged 17 points and five assists for Red Oaks last season. She received an three-star rating and an overall score of 90 on espnw.com’s recruiting site. It’s the same score the site gave Oregon City, Ore., point guard N’Dea Flye, who committed to UNM on Friday.

Washington was familiar with both Bradbury and Albuquerque but got her first look at UNM’s campus over the weekend.

“Coach Bradbury had been recruiting me at Wright State,” she said, “but that was so far from home. I’d been to Albuquerque on vacation when I was little, so when he ended up there everything came together. The Pit is awesome.”

Washington had recently visited Arkansas-Little Rock’s campus and canceled an upcoming trip to Tulsa after committing.

“Albuquerque’s a basketball town,” she said, “and I definitely feel like coach Bradbury’s going to get that program rolling. I’m excited.”

Wright was a Texas Girls Coaching Association All-Star last season. She was listed as a guard on one online site and as a small forward on another, though statistics for her 2015-16 season were not included.

Wright could not be reached for comment Sunday but posted a message on her Twitter account that included, “God had a plan for me!” and “I would also like to thank all the schools that recruited me, but I have decided to further my academic and athletic career at the University of New Mexico. Go Lobos!”

Washington and Wright join Flye and Roswell’s Jaedyn De La Cerda in Bradbury’s first recruiting class since being hired by UNM in March. More players are likely to come as the Lobos have just 11 scholarship players on their roster for 2016-17 and two of them (Kianna Keller and Richelle van der Keijl) are seniors.

Bradbury confirmed that UNM is recruiting Washington and Wright but NCAA rules prohibit coaches from otherwise commenting on unsigned players.

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