Basketball recruit Tarrence narrows list to WKU, Belmont

Cole Claybourn

With the November signing period fast approaching, Lady Topper recruit Adrienne Tarrence has narrowed her search down to two schools.

Tarrence, a 5-9 point guard from Bowling Green High School, told the Herald on Monday that she’s deciding between Belmont and WKU.

Tarrence had recently been considering Austin Peay as well, but she has since left them off her short list.

“They’ve been recruiting me for a while, and they were really strong with their recruiting,” Tarrence said of WKU. “They’ve been to all my games, so I’m keeping that in mind.”

Although Tarrence isn’t ready to make her decision yet, the Bowling Green native said her familiarity with WKU and the Lady Topper program will weigh heavily in her decision.

“Their coaches are really cool, and I’ve known their players for a long time, and feel really comfortable with them,” she said. “Their academics are really good too, so it’s just a really good school all around.”

Bowling Green High School coach Lavonda Johnson said Tarrence is “very serious about Western,” and also credited the familiarity as a main reason.

“She’s gotten to know the players and Head Coach (Mary Taylor) Cowles a lot, and her parents are pleased with how they’ve been recruiting,” Johnson said. “So it’s been a great thing.”

Tarrence also said she has chemistry with a couple other Lady Topper recruits, namely Franklin-Simpson’s Chastity Gooch and Taylor Mill Scott’s Lauren Tibbs. She and Gooch played on the same AAU team, and Tarrence said she’s played with Tibbs before.

At 5-9, Tarrence plays the point guard position for Bowling Green. The Lady Toppers already have a verbal commitment from one point guard, Pulaski Southwestern’s Danay Fothergill, and also have a several point guards on the current roster. That being said, Johnson said Tarrence can play wherever she’s needed.

“It really comes down to how she fits in with the rest of the team,” she said. “She’s definitely a scorer-slasher. She gets to the basket very well and she plays great defense. If she works really hard she could be a great college player.”

Tarrence said she plans to take her official visits to Belmont and WKU on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, respectively, and hopes makes a decision by November.

Johnson said Tarrence isn’t totally ruling out the possibility of signing with Belmont just yet and is hoping that the visit will answer any questions she may have.

“She’s a little more familiar with the coaches and players at Western, but she wants to get familiar with the Belmont players and coaches when she goes on her visit,” she said. “That’s just where she’s at right now — just trying to figure it out between the two, basically.”