Raegan Pebley seems to find success wherever she goes. In four seasons as a player at the University of Colorado, Pebley won three conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Sweet Sixteen and one to the Elite Eight. As a head coach, Pebley built the Utah State program from the ground up, eventually taking the Aggies to the postseason in two consecutive seasons in 2011 and 2012. After two years at Fresno State in which she compiled a 43-21 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years, Pebley was hired to be the head coach of the TCU Women's Basketball team.
At TCU, Pebley's success continued last season. She became the first coach in the program's history to advance to the postseason in their first season at the helm. The Frogs advanced to the Third Round of the Women's NIT after finishing the regular season with an 18-14 record, good for a third place finish in the Big 12 Conference. Now, Pebley's successes are reaching the recruiting trail.
News broke earlier this week that Amber Ramirez, a five-star point guard out of Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio, has verbally committed to TCU for 2016. According to the ESPNW Top 100, Ramirez is the 13th ranked player in the nation and the fifth ranked point guard. With her verbal commitment, Ramirez became the fourth recruit from the ESPNW Top 100 to commit to TCU.
Earlier this summer, Pebley picked up a verbal commitment from another five-star recruit, Kianna Ray, a 6'0" guard out of James Bowie High School in Austin. Ray is ranked as the 45th best player in the nation and the 10th best guard by ESPNW. She and Ramirez were both named to the 6A All-State Team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
In addition to Ray and Ramirez, Pebley has also received commitments from a pair of four-star guards out of Vista Ridge High School in Danielle Rainey and Mikayla Christian. Rainey checks in as the 61st ranked player in the nation and the 15th ranked guard, while Christian is listed as the 87th ranked player in the nation and the 24th ranked guard.
Overall, Pebley's 2016 recruiting class is currently ranked as the third best in the nation behind Maryland and Oregon, both of which have received verbal commitments from five players in the ESPNW Top 100. Perhaps more importantly, Pebley's class is on pace to be by far the best in the Big 12 Conference. As it stands today, Oklahoma and Texas each have two recruits on the ESPNW Top 100 while Baylor and Texas Tech each have one. TCU claims four of the ten total players in the ESPNW Top 100 list that have committed to Big 12 schools.
Additionally, Pebley is dominating recruiting in the State of Texas. The Lone Star State claims 12 total players on the ESPNW Top 100 list, the most of any state in the country. Four of those aforementioned 12 have committed to TCU. No other school has more than one.
Raegan Pebley's 2016 recruiting class will likely go down as one of the best in TCU history. Pebley's successes on and off the court show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. A successful 2014-2015 campaign, paired with Frogs move to the newly renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, and a top-rated recruiting class for 2016 has given the program a tremendous amount of momentum moving forward. With Pebley at the helm, the Frogs are well on their way to becoming a force in the women's college basketball landscape for years to come.