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November 14, 2012
Coach Sharon Versyp signed a small two-player class on Wednesday, but one that's highly regarded.
The '13 signees of Bridget Perry, a 6-foot-2 guard/wing from Indianapolis, and Ashley Morrissette, a 5-9 combo guard from Twinsburg, Ohio, is ranked No. 23 in the country by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
The two played at Elite Camp over the summer together, with Morrissette joining Perry as a verbal commitment shortly afterward.
"They're very close," Versyp said. " When they're on the court together, both see the floor very well. They share the basketball very well. But the biggest thing is the character of these two young people, the excitement and how pride and excited they are to be signing today. And we're just as proud."
Perry is a two-time first team all-state selection who is ranked No. 70 overall in her class by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 143 by All Star Girls Report and Blue Star. She averaged 19.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game as a junior at Roncalli.
Versyp likes her versatility.
"She can play the 2 or 3," Versyp said. "She can play the 2, at almost 6-2 now, and be like a Katie Gearlds. She also likes to post up too, so you could have a mismatch at the 2 spot, or use her at the 3 and use her size because she can go off the bounce, get to the rim really well. She just continues to grow her game, and she's growing physically still."
Morrissette is the No. 23 guard in her class by ESPN.com, after averaging 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals per game as a junior. She's helped her Twinsburg High School team to back-to-back Division I Ohio state championships.
"She's has uncanny ability, a 1-2 guard combo," Versyp said. "She has so much poise and court savvy, and doesn't get rattled at all. She has a great 3 ball; I've seen her in AAU ball shoot 7-of-9 (from three-point range). It doesn't matter if she has the ball in her hand or coming off screens.
"They've won two state championships in basketball, so just a great winner."
Purdue had sought out a third, power forward Emmonnie Henderson, but she chose to go to Louisville.
"We really don't need another," Versyp said. "If we could get another player, that'd be fantastic, but in the 2014 class, we could bring in four or five."
Purdue's need for a post player as part of the 2013 class was lessened by the arrival of transfer Whitney Bays from Maryland in the summer. Bays is sitting out now as a transfer, and while rehabbing an ACL injury, but will be active in 2013-14.
"She's kind of like the fill for the post player position, because Sam (Ostarello) and Drey (Mingo) graduate," Versyp said.
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