Bollant gets first UI commit
Mikaala Shackelford thinks so much of new Illinois women's basketball coach Matt Bollant that she recently committed to him for a second time.
The 5-foot-11 guard/forward in the Class of 2013 from Hopkins, Minn., originally committed to Green Bay when Bollant was the head coach of the Phoenix. She switched her pledge to Illinois after a visit to campus last week.
"Coach Bollant and (associate head coach) Mike Divilbiss are the main reasons I switched," Shackelford said. "I had a connection with them from Green Bay."
Shackelford is the first recruit to commit to Illinois since Bollant took over in late March. She can sign a letter of intent with Illinois in November.
"They called me and said to make sure that she talks to (new Green Bay) coach (Kevin) Borseth to see if she wanted to stay," Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff said. "They said they were not going to recruit her until she decided to open up her recruitment again."
Shackelford comes from a program at Hopkins that has won each of the last two Class AAAA state championships in Minnesota. Shackelford was the first player off the bench on the 2011 title team, averaging 7.6 points and 3.3 rebounds.
She was averaging 10 points and 3.6 rebounds this past season before a torn ACL ended her season in January.
"It's going well. I'm starting to work out now and that's a nice change for me," Shackelford said of her rehab. "Hopefully I can get back out there in early September to start playing again."
Cosgriff said Shackelford, whose best attribute is her defense, had offers from Minnesota, Colorado and Colorado State, among others.
"She's a good one. We've won two state titles and we're real pleased with her play and excited to get her back," Cosgriff said. "She's a defender, shoots the three, a slasher, very athletic. She's a tireless worker and a very good student. She's the complete package."