Sharon Versyp just signed one of the best players in the nation. Karissa McLaughlin announced this morning that she is coming to West Lafayette.
Homestead High School continues to give us great basketball players, first Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan and now Karissa.
She immediately fills a position of need, with the departure of Ashley Morrissette laving due to graduation. McLaughlin can come in and start at the point or at the two from day one. Likely she will start in the back court next to Dominique Oden, who showed flashes of greatness in the B1G tournament and the NCAA tournament.
Karissa was originally committed the University of Florida, before the coach was fired. Once UF’s head coach, Amanda Butler, was fired, Karissa asked for a release from her LOI to seek an opportunity elsewhere.
Versyp came running.
Karissa will likely be named Miss Basketball in the state of Indiana, after leading Homestead to their first 4A girls state championship run, posting a 28-2 record. She was recently named the Gatorade Player of the year for Indiana.
At Homestead, she scored over 2,500 points for career, the type of scoring and attacking mentality our women’s program needs. She averaged, 25.9 points per game her senior season alone. Some consider her the best shooter of the 2017 class, she was ranked the 10th best point guard in the nation.
Look for Karissa to bring a similar scoring ability to West Lafayette, with this signing we should be playing in March for years to come.
Here is a short clip of Karissa playing, welcome to Purdue, Boiler Up!