The Baylor women’s basketball team landed its first Class of 2017 commit when Deauzya “Didi” Richards, a junior from Cypress Ranch, committed to the Lady Bears on Sunday.
Richards, a 6-foot-1 guard, announced her decision Sunday afternoon on Twitter.
“What really led to my decision was how the coaches were and the team’s style of play, because most of the great schools tend to have the same good qualities,” Richards said. “Baylor really stood out when it came to recruiting because it wasn’t just the assistant coach recruiting me. (Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey) would make sure she texted me at least once a week, even with her busy schedule.”
Richards is the No. 2-ranked guard and No. 18 overall junior in the country according to ESPN’s recruiting rankings. She chose the Lady Bears over Texas and Michigan.
As a junior at Cypress Ranch, Richards averaged 22.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. She helped the Mustangs finish 22-12 and reach the regional quarterfinal of the Class 6A state playoffs during the 2015-16 season.
“I feel that my biggest strengths are my mid-range jump shot and defense, and with coach Mulkey’s playing style I feel like I should fit right in,” Richards said. “She likes to play up-tempo, and that’s my favorite style of play.”
Richards’ commitment continues Baylor’s recent success on the recruiting trail. The Lady Bears have three five-star signees joining the team next season, including La Vega’s Calveion Landrum, as well as McDonald’s All-Americans Lauren Cox and Natalie Chou.
Last season, the Lady Bears signed five top-100 players, including the No. 2 and 3 centers in the country in Kalani Brown and Beatrice Mompremier.