Posted: 3:40 pm Monday, October 15th, 2012

Girls basketball: Dove, Montgomery commit; race for James heats up 

By Matt Porter

Three girls basketball recruiting notes of area interest recently found on the pages of basketball recruiting website FullCourt.com:

1. Palm Beach Lakes senior Shanovia Dove, a 5-foot-8 combo guard and The Post‘s 2011-12 large schools player of the year, verbally committed to Long Island University. Dove chose Long Island over FAU and Southern Mississippi. Palm Beach Lakes coach Cassandra Rahming confirmed Dove’s commitment.

2. According to FullCourt, Lincoln Park Academy senior Brandy Montgomery, a 5-11 shooting guard and the consensus best player on the Treasure Coast, committed to Auburn. She chose the Tigers over Miami, Georgetown, Ole Miss and UCF. Lincoln Park coach Wendell Adams confirmed Montgomery’s commitment.

Both Dove and Montgomery plan to sign during the NCAA’s basketball early signing period, which begins Nov. 14.

3. Dwyer senior Kai James, a 6-5 post player and one of the nation’s top women’s basketball recruits, has changed her list of top five schools.

According to FullCourt, James dropped Georgia and added Georgia Tech to her favorites, which include Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Oklahoma. Dwyer coach Jeryl Akins confirmed the information.

James, whose brother Joel is a freshman at UNC, has taken a visit to FSU and Georgia Tech. Akins said James will visit Florida this weekend.

Her teammate, 6-3 senior forward Sam Glodis, committed to Georgia last December.

In August, James won a gold medal with the U.S. at the FIBA Under-17 Women’s World Championships in Amsterdam. Making her international debut, James averaged 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. She averaged eight minutes per game over eight games.

According to ESPN HoopGurlz, James is the third-ranked post player in the nation. She is ranked No. 22 overall and fourth in Florida.