One of the top overall prospects in Arizona's 2014 class of girl's top performers is Dobson High School’s talented and skilled 5-foot-7 senior combo-guard Tori Lloyd. Lloyd is coming off her best high school season of her career and, as a result, garnered serious recruiting attention for herself this spring.
After looking over her options for the future, Lloyd has decided to end her college recruitment early - before the NCAA evaluation period in July. Lloyd is one player that would have generated much more recruiting interest during the summer, but she chose to end her recruitment almost before it began - finding the right fit for herself.
Lloyd has given a verbal commitment to Northern Arizona University and head coach Sue Darling and her women's basketball staff. Lloyd chose to commit to NAU despite receiving serious interest from Long Beach State, San Diego State and several other mid-major division-I programs, according to her club coach Kitch Kitchen with the Arizona Magic.
Previously, Lloyd had advised me that she was also hearing from such schools as Arizona State, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Gonzaga, Dartmouth, Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado and Biola University.
Lloyd was among the state’s top emerging talents this past high school season - pouring in a strong junior campaign while helping lead a talented Dobson HS team to a strong record on the season. Dobson compiled an overall record this past season of 22-8 and ranked among the elite teams in Arizona’s Division-I Class. Dobson would reach the D-I state quarterfinals before falling to state runner-up Pinnacle HS in the state playoffs.
Lloyd was a big reason for Dobson's strong season and she will look to have an even stronger senior season for herself next year - especially with the stress of college recruiting now out of the way for her.
Tori’s only true interest or hobby is the sport of basketball, as she is a true gym rat that loves the game of basketball – a value that is indicative of her ability to play the game at such a high level. Three words that have been used to describe Lloyd by her parents and her personal trainer and club coach Kitch Kitchen are passionate, dedicated and focused.
Lloyd is a solid student and carries a 2.8 CUM GPA. She is still undecided as to what she wants to major in college.
Congratulations to Lloyd and her family on her commitment to Northern Arizona from our staff here at Arizona Preps - an amazing accomplishment.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Lloyd is a deadly shooting guard prospect that is capable of playing both guard positions on the floor. Her ability to shoot the basketball is terrific, as her shooting stroke is as pure a stroke as there is in the state – capable of making shots from anywhere on the floor and under pressure. With unlimited range on her shot, Lloyd is able to keep defenses on her toes whenever she has the basketball in her hands. She is a fundamentally sound performer and is able to make plays for herself or others off the dribble, as a result of her shoestring handle and excellent court vision. Lloyd is an exceptional ballhandler that is capable of keeping her defender off balance with her hesitation dribble and quick crossover. She is a very unselfish prospect that enjoys finding her open teammate on the floor, and can be unselfish to a fault at times, as she will often pass up open shots to find a teammate unattended. Her unselfish spirit will suit her well in the future, as she is a legitimate combo-guard that is able to play either guard position effectively on the floor. She is also able to pass the basketball effectively with either hand, and sees plays before they happen at times – a very nice attribute.