Canadian combo guard Lemyah Hylton, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2022 who narrowed her choices to Arizona, Alabama and Maryland, verbally committed on Saturday night to join the Wildcats.
Arizona coach Adia Barnes first offered a scholarship to Hylton, who is 5-foot-11 and versatile on offense and defense, in 2019 after the Wildcats made their run to the WNIT championship.
Hylton, rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, attends Southwest Academy in London, Ontario. She was born in Mississauga, Ontario, close to where Arizona senior guard Shaina Pellington was raised in Toronto.
Recruiting service LBInsider.com describes Hylton’s skills this way:
“A strong hybrid guard with athleticism! The way she rises up over the rim while she attacks the basket it a delight. She is a such a strong slasher and can hit the deep ball. … She rebounds with a purpose and has a body type that will translate on each level she plays at.”
Barnes’ high-level Class of 2022 commitments nearly comprise a lineup. It includes Hylton on the perimeter, power forward Maya Nnaji (Zeke Nnaji’s sister) at the post and point guard Kailyn Gilbert as the primary ballhander.
After this season, Arizona will lose versatile fifth-year senior forward Sam Thomas and potentially Pellington, also a fifth-year senior who transferred from Oklahoma.
Pellington is eligible to return in 2022-23 by virtue of the NCAA allowing an extra year of eligibility because of COVID-19 protocol last year.
Arizona senior post player Cate Reese has already announced she is returning to Barnes’ program for a fifth year in 2022-23.
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