Thanks for the info Cavebear.
Keep in mind that recruiting is a crapshoot. You can look at a player's ability and capability on both their HS team and their AAU team and you can take a chance on a player for her pure athletic capability (like "Z"). Is a player's skills fully developed in HS or can they advance them under college coaching, weight training and nutritionists? Some players develop better with playing time, but may get little or no playing time if they don't impress the coaches during practice. During their HS and AAU seasons, their coaches are telling them they are the best thing since apple pie. When you get to D-1 collegiate BB all of your teammates are all-stars, every game you play is a game against all-stars. Frequently, there is few if any games you can take off. On top of that, throw in the long college basketball season, collegiate academics, living away from home for the first time, and many times it is simply too much for the young adults to overcome. It happens.
Originally Posted by sylean
Kacie is a good example, a top recruit from Southern Alberta, good academics and a joy to be around. In her first year, in the very limited time she got on the court, she frequently looked lost and out of position. Numerous times teammates where directing her where to go. In her sophomore campaign she knew where she had to be but she played cautiously and reserved often deferring to her more aggressive teammates. She did not standout like she needed to if she was going to get more playing time. Hopefully, being back home around friends and family, she can relax and show everybody, the type of player she can be.
Unfortunately Kacie's story is not unique or even uncommon. There is no way coaches can predict how an incoming recruit will adjust to the college game and college life or will improve their game during their collegiate career. If it is not working, best for both sides to agree that some players would be better off at other institutions. While it is often terrible for the fans that have developed a relationship with certain players, it often is in the best interests of both the player and the team to part ways.
We wish Kacie and Zhane all the best in their future endeavors and will remember that they will always be a member of our family.