Apparently, coach Muffet McGraw and the Notre Dame women’s basketball
team aren’t finished beating Connecticut this season.
Notre Dame, which beat national powerhouse Connecticut three times in
four meetings this season, gained a huge win in the recruiting arena
when 6-foot-3 Taya Reimer of Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) Friday
verbally committed to play for the Fighting Irish.
Reimer, who lives in Indianapolis, averaged nearly 19.4 points and 9.6
rebounds a game as a junior for Southeastern this season.
“Wow, that’s awesome for Notre Dame,” recruiting expert Bret McCormick
of All-Star Girls Report said. “I thought she was going to
Connecticut. That makes Notre Dame a top 10 class for sure.
“I knew either Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg or Taya was going to go
to Notre Dame. It looked like Taya was going to Connecticut, so that’s
great for Notre Dame.’’
Reimer led Hamilton Southeastern to a 20-1 record. She hit 60 percent
of her shots, and connected on 59 percent of her 3-pointers
(16-of-27). Reimer hit 60-of-123 free throws for 53 percent.
According to Reimer, she caught the Irish coaching staff off guard
with her decision to commit on Friday. Reimer chose Notre Dame over
Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M and UCLA.
Reimer is the No. 4 recruit overall according to ESPN’s Hoopgurlz and
the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2013. She joins point guard
Lindsay Allen of Mitchellville, Md., post Kristina Nelson of Buford,
Ga., and post Diamond Thompson of Lombard, Ill.
“I’ve been trying to narrow down my list a little bit,” Reimer said.
“I knew I wanted to make a commitment at least after April exposure
weekend. I sat down with my Mom (Brenda) and talked about it, and
decided that Notre Dame was the place I wanted to be.
“I saw Lindsay commit and Kristina, one of my close friends, commit,
so I figured, why wait. We drove up (Friday) there today and I
committed. The coaches were really excited. I didn’t tell them that I
was coming up to commit. I wanted to surprise them. They were pretty
Reimer said that she had a lot of reasons for choosing Notre Dame.
“I felt really comfortable at Notre Dame,’’ she said. “I have a great
relationship with all of the coaches on staff, and I’m really close to
all of the girls on the team and a lot of the commits. The education
is great and the school is great. It’s close to home, so I can have
family and friends come to games. Those things were really important
“I’m really excited about our class. It’s going to be really fun.
Coach McGraw is a Hall of Fame coach. She’s awesome.”
Hamilton Southeastern coach Chris Huppenthal said Reimer is a match-up
nightmare for opponents.
“As a basketball player, Taya has developed the ability to score every
place on the floor,” Huppenthal said. “Coach McGraw is getting a 6-3
kid who can handle the ball like a guard and has the ability to go
inside and score. You don’t find too many kids with her size who have
the ability to play all over the floor.”
Reimer said her versatility is a strength.
“Some schools recruited me as a guard, some recruited me as a post,”
Reimer said. “Being versatile is certainly something that I bring to
the table. I probably won’t play guard in college, but I’ll be able to
take advantage of mismatches.”
McCormick said Reimer will be a major presence in the Big East.
“Taya will be an impact player right away for Notre Dame,” McCormick
said. “What can you say? That’s what happens when you come off of
back-to-back national championship games. I was thinking Connecticut
was going to run off with the Big East again with the recruiting
classes they were getting, but Notre Dame is right there with them.
“Taya is a lefty, she’s got good size, and she has guard skills. She
has a reputation as a hard worker. Everybody loves her. Everybody
wants to have her.”
Reimer’s father, Ben Davis, played collegiately at Kansas and Arizona.
He was drafted by the New York Knicks, and played for the Utah Jazz
and Houston Rockets.