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Duke Recruiting: Kara Lawson Wins Over Another Promising Player

She’s starting to get a good pipeline of talent flowing towards Durham

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 08: Assistant coach Kara Lawson of the Boston Celtics talks with a ball girl before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden on March 08, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts
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One of the complete unknowns about hiring Kara Lawson, who had never coached college basketball, was how well she might recruit.

Well check that one off: Lawson is doing just fine as a recruiter, thank you very much.

Her latest commitment is from 5-10 Texan Ashlon Jackson. Pegged as a Top 25 recruit, Jackson is in the class of 2022, barring a reclassification, and will join 6-3 Shay Bollin of Bridgewater, Mass., and 5-10 Canadian Emma Koabel.

And for next year, Lawson has commitments from 5-11 Lee Volker from Purcellville, Virginia, and Louisville transfer Nyah Green who, like Jackson, is from Texas, in her case Allen. Jackson is from the memorably named Sour Lake, so named because the water flows from sulfur springs into the lake.

The town has an interesting history and features. It’s the birthplace of Texaco and is home to the oldest producing oil field in the world. Perhaps it’s coincidence, but it’s also home to an enormous sinkhole.

You can’t say that’s the case for Duke women’s basketball right now. Despite the season being canceled, things are clearly on the uptake.

Note: because of the pandemic, photos were already in short supply. With Duke’s season over prematurely, we have no access to new pictures so you’ll be seeing a lot of older stuff for a while.