Top Class: Gamecocks high-level recruits looking for titles

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Zia Cooke isn't shy about listing the expectations for herself or South Carolina's top-rated women's basketball recruiting class.

"Going to the Final Four every year, winning the national championship," said Cooke, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Toledo, Ohio, ranked as the country's fourth-best player overall coming out of high school. "That's what you come here for."

Cooke is among four of the nation's top 11 ranked players who signed with the Gamecocks and have begun summer sessions. Last season was the first since 2012-13 where Staley's team didn't capture an Southeastern Conference regular-season or league tournament title, a run highlighted by the 2017 national crown.


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Baylor37-1
2 UConn35-3
3 Notre Dame35-4
4 Mississippi State33-3
5 Louisville32-4
6 Stanford31-5
7 Oregon33-5
8 Iowa29-7
9 Maryland29-5
10 North Carolina State28-6
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame35-4
2 Baylor37-1
3 Louisville32-4
4 Stanford31-5
5 Oregon33-5
6 UConn35-3
7 Iowa29-7
8 Mississippi State33-3
9 North Carolina State28-6
10 Syracuse25-9
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