Jaeschke Goes Big Ten
Amy Jaeschke
Amy Jaeschke
HoopGurlz Publisher
Posted Nov 5, 2006

Northwestern gets a 6-foot-5 center as highly recruited Amy Jaeschke elects to stay closer to home and play in the Big Ten.

The most highly sought after center left in 2007 no longer is available.

Amy Jaeschke of Wilmette, Ill., the No. 29 prospect in the HoopGurlz National Hot 100, committed on Saturday to Northwestern.

The 6-foot-5 Jaeschke chose Northwestern over Maryland and Michigan State. She made official visits to all three, the last to Northwestern on Oct. 20.

"I really wanted to go to a program where I could make an immediate impact," Jaeschke said.

A four-star prospect by HoopGurlz, Jaeschke also placed importance on academics. In that vein, she also considered Stanford and had an in-home visit, but never completed the application process, which is a required precursor to a scholarship offer from the Palo Alto, Calif., school. "There's not a big reason," Jaeschke said about the application. "I just didn't."

One of the few classic posts in the 2007 class, Jaeschke has good footwork and an ample arsenal from the low blocks, but also can step out and hit jump shots from the elbows and is a very good high-post passer. She averaged 17.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 5.1 blocks and 4.2 assists during her junior season at New Trier High School and was an invitee to the USA Basketball U18 Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., last summer.

Jaeschke's commitment leaves Paris Johnson of San Diego, Calif., as the highest ranked - at No. 42 overall - inside player left in the class. Johnson told HoopGurlz that she will announce her decision on Tuesday. She will choose between Baylor, Miami, San Diego State and TCU.

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Glenn Nelson is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (www.Scout.com), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and coached the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girls basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for The Seattle Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen Publishing, 2002). He can be reached at hoopgurlz@comcast.net.

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