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Autumn Newby becomes Stephanie White’s first recruit as Vanderbilt head coach

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Bryce Drew wasn’t the only Vanderbilt basketball coach to score a commitment on Sunday.

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While the men’s basketball team was scoring a commitment from Maxwell Evans over the weekend, the women’s team saw their three-star recruit and raised them a four-star recruit.

Autumn Newby, a 6’2” forward from Lawrenceville (GA) Archer HS, is rated as the #27 prospect in the class of 2017 by ESPN and is, unofficially, Stephanie White’s first recruit as Vanderbilt head coach. She joins a program that signed two five-star recruits in the class of 2016.

Here is a recent highlight tape of Newby:

While the Commodores are coming off a couple of disappointing seasons that resulted in the dismissal of former head coach Melanie Balcomb, there’s plenty of talent coming to the West End this year — both in the playing and coaching departments — and there’s a lot of reason to think the program is past the doldrums that characterized the last few years. The women’s team opens the season at home on November 11 against Kennesaw State.