UK Women Basketball Signs Prep Stars Lindsey Corsaro & Chanin Scott
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program added two talented players to its 2016 class as highly-ranked guard Lindsey Corsaro from Indianapolis and talented all-around athlete Chanin Scott from Charlotte have signed National Letters of Intent to Kentucky, head coach Matthew Mitchell (pictured) announced Friday, Nov. 13.
“As we continue to try to build this program, we obviously want really, really good basketball players, but we are also looking for great people and Lindsey and Chanin are really quality people,” Mitchell said. “They both have high character, great work ethics, are unselfish players and those kinds of tangibles are at a premium for us. Our staff cannot wait for Lindsey and Chanin to get on campus and are thrilled they have decided to be Wildcats.”
Lindsey Corsaro, a 6-foot guard out of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, has racked up the awards during her high school career. She is in the top portion of the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 as a five-star recruit, sitting at No. 35 in the nation while she was also tabbed as the No. 8 guard in the class of 2016.
Prospectsnation.com lists Corsaro as the 15th-best player in the nation saying Corsaro is “a big wing who excels playing off the bounce … will be good making reads in pick and roll situations, but can also stretch the floor with the perimeter jumper.” Though Corsaro went down with an ACL injury during a game in January, she is still expected to be one of the state’s top players during her senior campaign and was named to the All-USA Indy-Area Preseason First Team.
The guard has performed great so far in two games this season, scoring 41 points in the team’s opener and a game-high 23 points Thursday. Corsaro has long been recognized as a top prospect in Indiana, as she was named to the IBCA Underclass All-State Team in 2013 and 2014 and added IBCA Underclass Supreme All-State honors in 2015. Last season for Roncalli, Corsaro averaged 22.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, as well as 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Corsaro chose Kentucky over Vanderbilt, Indiana, Iowa and Iowa State.
“We are overjoyed that Lindsey Corsaro has decided to be a part of our family here at Kentucky,” Mitchell said. “She is a player that believed in what we were doing early and committed as a sophomore and we have had a chance to build a great relationship with her and her family and the more all of us get to know them we just continue to realize how fortunate we are that she chose to be a Wildcat.
"She is a great athlete, really high skill level, but what I love about her is her competitiveness. It is a really elite skill for a player to have is being ultra-competitive and be able to get in a game and do what it takes to win. She can impact the game scoring, rebounding or defensively. She is a very, very versatile player. She has great size and we think she can play multiple positions for us and we really value versatility.”
Chanin Scott is a 6-foot wing player out of North Carolina, where she was a member of the No. 4 nationally-ranked Myers Park High School Team. Scott helped the Mustangs win two consecutive North Carolina 4A Championships in 2014 and 2015, and is tabbed as the No. 41 wing in the nation by ESPN. During last year’s championship season at Myers Park, Scott averaged 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, along with 3.0 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
The Charlotte Observer says Scott “uses her speed and jumping ability to her advantage on both ends of the court.” Scott started her high school career at Charlotte Latin where she earned the reputation as a strong defensive player and averaged 11 points per game over her two seasons there. Scott is also a letterwinner for the Myers Park volleyball team and was the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state champion in the 400 meters when she was a freshman at Latin.
Scott chose Kentucky over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Indiana and East Carolina.
“Chanin is an extremely explosive athlete that loves the defensive end of the floor,” Mitchell said. “She loves getting on the glass. Her offensive game is getting better and developing all the time, but she can come in and make an immediate impact just with her defensive tenacity and will to play really, really tough and hard on the boards. She is also very competitive and always wants to guard the best player on the other team. You cannot teach that. That is a quality that we really love in a player and it is hard to find.
"But she is one of those players that wants the toughest matchup and takes a lot of pride in her defense. Her ability to run the floor, play multiple positions is going to be very valuable for us. She has a lot of untapped potential on the offensive end that we look forward to helping her develop. But we think she can be an outstanding player. She has incredible character and has really high goals for herself academically and athletically.”