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Leaving Louisville

Another full day spent in gyms watching prospects at the Fila Derby Classic in Louisville on Wednesday.

But even after Purdue women's coach Sharon Versyp watched her final game, which ended about 8:30 p.m., she wasn't able to simply bounce back to a hotel and maybe turn in early for some much-needed sleep.

Instead, she hopped in her car and started the trip back to West Lafayette. She had to make a quick stop along the way to meet with assistant coach Ukari Figgs, who was en route to Louisville, to pass along the tournament packet that includes schedules and rosters. Versyp wasn't expected to get home until about midnight. But she had little choice but to get back to Indiana quickly -- she is flying out on one of Purdue's planes Thursday morning to Iowa for the day.

The recruiting road came to end Wednesday for me, though.

It was nice to be able to hit two cities and two tournaments to compare and explore different sites but especially to see more prospects.

Day 1 in Cincinnati included Purdue oral commit Liza Clemons, who will attend Snider for her senior season, as well as potential commit (at least that's what it sounds like when you read this) April Wilson.

Among my highlights of Day 2, watching Purdue's other oral commit for 2011 (Torrie Thornton from Carmel), Ohio superstar Ally Malott, heavily recruited Kentucky senior-to-be Sara Hammond, Georgia powerful forward Sydney Umeri, Tennessee sharpshooter Jessy Ward and Indy post presence Nariah Taylor, to name a few.

Overall, from what I saw, I thought the talent was better in Louisville than Cincy. So the day, which started at about 9:15, seemed to go quicker. Didn't even remember how starving I was -- no concessions at the University of Louisville facility, where we were from about 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- because I was distracted by watching some great basketball.

Be sure to check back the next couple days. I chatted with four of the aforementioned players and will try to get some video posted of some of them, too.

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