Syracuse Orange women’s basketball freshman Kamilla Cardoso and Priscilla Williams were tapped as one of the top 50 newcomers poised to make the biggest impact on the 2021 college basketball season, according to ESPN’s Newcomer Impact Rankings.
Cardoso, the highest-ranked player in program history, came in at No. 7 on the list. She is the second-highest ranked true freshman on the list. The Brazil native is ranked No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in her position by espnW. Cardoso also had offers from Connecticut, Ohio State, Mississippi State, and South Carolina. Here is what the Newcomer Impact Rankings had to say about Cardoso:
“This marks the second time in three years that coach Quentin Hillsman landed a pair of top-10 recruits, with the 6-foot-7 Brazilian-born Cardoso quite literally the new centerpiece alongside similarly well-regarded guard Priscilla Williams.”
Williams ranks No. 22 on the list. She is ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 3 in her position by espnW. Williams is the fourth-highest ranked recruit in Syracuse WBB history. She also had offers from Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, and SMU. Here is what the Newcomer Impact Rankings had to say about Williams:
“No team is happier about having a potentially crowded backcourt this season with Tiana Mangakahia’s comeback added to returnees Emily Engstler and all-ACC pick Kiara Lewis. But with a Rhyne Howard-like game, the 6-2 Williams will get minutes.”
Highlighted by Cardoso and Williams, Coach Quentin Hillsman will welcome the No. 4 ranked freshman class in the nation, according to espnW HoopGurlz. This is Coach Q’s second top-10 recruiting class in three years.