University of Wisconsin women's basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey has taken her search for players across the border, landing one of the top prep players in Canada.
Kelsey has received an oral commitment from Dakota Whyte, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Notre Dame Catholic in Ajax, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
Whyte chose UW from a list of schools that included Michigan and Marquette. She told Crown Magazine, a Canadian high school basketball website, that her relationship with Kelsey and the new UW staff played a major role in her decision.
"They were always truthful and real with me and that's what I liked," she said. "They were just the perfect fit. And they were loyal and the visit went really well."
Whyte, who will be able to sign a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 9, will become the second Canadian player for the Badgers. Jennifer Scotten of Vancouver played for UW from 1988 to 1990.
She caught the attention of schools with her play at the Deep South Classic in April. ESPN HoopGurlz offered a scouting evaluation from that tournament: "Quick and athletic point guard with lots of skills. Smart use of her hesitation dribble leaves defenders standing and creates both passes and shots. Her quickness is highlighted by acceleration that forces defensive rotations time and again."
Whyte has considerable national and international experience. She led her U17 Team Ontario to the National Championship this summer, averaging 14 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 steals. She also has played for Canadian national teams in the FIBA 3-on-3 tournament in Italy this year and in Singapore in 2010, as well as the 2010 Junior Cadette Team.
She's looking forward to further developing her skills when she arrives at UW. "I know without a doubt Wisconsin will develop a new me," she told Crown Magazine. "I also think that Coach Bobbie is very good at what she does and she'll introduce a new side of ball to me."
Whyte becomes the fourth player to commit to the 2012 recruiting class. She joins Makailah Dyer, a 5-9 guard from Madison East; Shannon Malone, a 6-1 forward from Flower Mound, Texas; and Nicole Bauman, a 5-9 guard from New Berlin Eisenhower.