Despite a flurry of recruiting activity over the weekend and a commitment by her close friend, top women's basketball prospect Mercedes Russell isn't close to making her choice.
Bill Wagner, Russell's coach at Springfield (Ore.) High, met with the 6-foot-5 junior for more than a hour on Monday and said, "there's nothing imminent."
"Right now, it's awfully early,'' Wagner said. "She's still open."
Four players committed to North Carolina on Saturday. One of them was Stephanie Mavunga. Since the 6-3 forward is a close friend of Russell's, speculation ensued as to whether Russell might join the group.
Russell will spend time next month staying with Mavunga at her home in Indianapolis.
Still, Wagner said that Louisville and Tennessee remain serious considerations for Russell, who averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and five assists per game this season in leading Springfield to a second consecutive state championship and earning Class 5A player of the year honors.
"I think we'll see her go through the (recruiting) process,'' Wagner said.
He also thinks Russell's choice will be solely her call.
"The decision has to be hers,'' Wagner said. "It can't be made for her by others."