By Jerry Ratcliffe
Solely days after including 4-star guard Olivia McGhee of close by Louisa to Virginia’s 2023 recruiting class, Cavaliers coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton began constructing her Class of 2024.
Breona ‘Bre’ Hurd, a 3-star guard and a rising junior at Waynesville Excessive Faculty, introduced on her Twitter account Sunday night time that she had dedicated to UVA. She is a 6-foot-2 ahead, who recruiting analysts declare has an infinite ceiling.
Hurd, who was supplied by Virginia (the primary), Missouri and Missouri State, additionally took visits to Vanderbilt and Iowa, however favored all the things about UVA. The No. 1 prospect within the state of Missouri in her class, in response to Prep Ladies Hoops, she averaged 22.1 factors, 10.2 rebounds and a pair of.1 assists as a sophomore en path to being named a Class 6 all-state choice. She averaged 17 factors and 9 rebounds as a freshman.
Hurd is the second Missouri excessive schooler to decide to UVA beneath “Coach Mox,” the nickname of Agugua-Hamilton. Beforehand, Cady Pauley, a high-scoring guard from the Class of 2023, dedicated to Virginia.
After plenty of thought and prayers, I’ve determined to decide to the College of Virginia! Thanks to all who’ve confirmed curiosity in me. Thanks @UVACoachMox @CoachTJankoska @cjonesIV @WordIzzBond @SierraMichaelis @JChavis15 pic.twitter.com/gvcuPs9VJY
— Breona “Bre” Hurd 2024 (@BreonaHurd) July 4, 2022
Hurd’s greatest basketball is forward of her. As a freshman, she teamed with all-state guard Naudia Evans (then a senior), who drew a lot of the consideration and the protection. When Evans departed, Hurd was persistently double- and triple-teamed as a sophomore, however she labored her manner by way of it and completed with a exceptional season.
“It was very irritating at first as a result of we had been simply moving into the groove of issues, however we labored laborious and figured easy methods to work on issues to make us a greater workforce, but in addition make us individually higher,” Hurd instructed Dave Roberts of PhelpsCountyFocus.com. “I needed to learn to transfer with out the ball, but in addition because the season went on we realized easy methods to undergo completely different gamers.”
Hurd’s coach, Brittany Matlock, was happy to observe her workforce enhance by way of that difficult transition.
“We knew getting into [Hurd] could be the one participant with any actual varsity minutes,” Matlock stated. “It was an enormous development yr for her. Additionally, mentally. Not many sophomores undergo what she’s gone by way of.”
Hurd’s recreation grew on the perimeter and in addition working the ground. She realized easy methods to tackle stress bringing the ball up the courtroom, easy methods to arrange offenses and to play higher protection. She additionally improved in her dribble drives and never avoiding contact, however combating previous it.
“She needed to study extra shifting with out the ball,” Coach Matlock stated about defenses double-teaming Hurd. “As soon as she made the move, she needed to work to get again open with two or three individuals on her. She’s very coachable and really desirous to study. She’s put in plenty of time.”
Hurd is also a hurdler and sprinter on the Waynesville monitor workforce and performs ahead in soccer.
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