Three Things About Laurin Mincy
By now you've probably heard that the Maryland women received an unofficial commitment from Laurin Mincy, a 6-foot shooting guard from Newark who is considered to be one of the top players in the class of 2010. She is 13th in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 rankings, and joins 6-foot wing Alyssa Thomas (ranked 42nd) and 6-fpot guard Natasha Cloud (ranked 95th), who previously made oral commitments to the Terrapins.
Here are three things to know about Mincy, who averaged 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for University High as a junior and has scored more than 1,800 points in her three-year career.
1. Her high school coach compares her to Marissa Coleman.
Mincy has the skills to play every back-court position, according to University Coach Felicia Oliver. She is especially adept at attacking the basket.
"Laurin is definitely a program-changer, and there are a lot of intangibles that make her special: her unselfishness, her will, her drive," Oliver said. "She makes everyone around her better—not only better players, but better individuals. … She's a student of the game. There are some players who study it, like they study for class. That's what sets her apart. She comes down the court, and she's thinking two, three four plays ahead."
2. She can be a tenacious defender.
Said Oliver, "She works just as hard on defense as she does on offense." Oliver points to one game in particular to illustrate that: University's 75-68 victory over Colts Neck in mid-January. Mincy scored 34 points, but it was her five blocked shots that helped change the game, according to Oliver. Late in the third quarter, Mincy blocked a shot, retained possession, and then hit a three-pointer at the other end that gave her team the lead for good. "That right there was the defensive play of the game that helped us get the win," Oliver said.
3. She's been a star since she was in elementary school.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Mincy scored more than 2,800 points "in her grammar school career, and became the first player to have her jersey retired by St. Joseph Elementary School in East Orange." When she got to high school, she averaged 19.9 points and 7.9 rebounds for a University team that went 33-2 and won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. She became the first freshman ever to be named first-team all-state by the Star Ledger, and as a sophomore and junior was named player of the year.
"Laurin came here and she put us over the top," Oliver said. "Lots of teams are missing that one piece of the puzzle. She's that piece. Laurin could've gone to any program and done the same thing."
June 24, 2009; 1:51 PM ET
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