Mi’Cole Cayton, one of five players who signed last fall to join the Nebraska women’s basketball team in 2016, said she will probably still be attending the school even after this week’s news that Connie Yori is out as coach following an investigation into the program.
Cayton is a top-100 prospect from Stockton, California, who committed to the Huskers last summer after also considering Arizona State, Iowa State, Utah and Colorado.
Cayton still likes Nebraska.
“I’m pretty sure that’s still going to be a school that I’m going to be attending, but honestly what’s going to matter to me now is who the new coach is going to be,” she said. “But I trust the administration a lot to make a great hire. And I know they’ll make a great hire. Most likely that’s where I’m going to stay.”
Cayton said someone from the Nebraska athletic department contacted her after Yori resigned Tuesday. Cayton was told she's still wanted at Nebraska.
“They said the scholarship is still on the table and everything is 100 percent paid for, and basically just let it play out and see where things go,” Cayton said.
Cayton also said she received a text message from Yori since she resigned. Cayton said she had a close relationship with Yori.
“(Yori) was the first one I really met, and I consider her family, which is really a blessing,” Cayton said. “(Yori) reached out to me (Tuesday) and just told me, ‘Hey, I haven’t really texted anybody, but I just wanted to let you know that you’re a great kid, and all the allegations, it’s not true.’ And just saying that she wanted to coach me. So that also encouraged me to go out there and live that dream and do what I have to do, and not only do it for myself, but do it for her, also.”
Cayton’s high school team, St. Mary’s, had reached the No. 1 national ranking by USA Today this season before losing in the state semifinals, snapping a 57-game winning streak. Cayton averaged 12 points and 2.4 assists per game.
Two other players in the Huskers’ 2016 class earned Miss Basketball honors for their states.
Kathleen Doyle earned the honors in Illinois. She led her Benet Academy team to its second straight state championship, averaging 17.6 points and 4.1 assists per game. The point guard was the No. 22 recruit in the nation, according to Blue Star Basketball.
Hannah Whitish was Miss Basketball for Wisconsin. As a senior, the 5-foot-9 guard averaged 24.2 points per game while leading Barneveld to its fourth consecutive state championship.
The other players in the class are guard/forward Nicea Eliely from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and guard/forward Grace Mitchell from Wellington, Kansas.
Mitchell told the Wichita Eagle earlier this week that she plans to stick with Nebraska.
The Huskers’ class was ranked No. 14 nationally by Blue Star.
Nebraska tried to fill a need for guard depth with the 2016 class, because the previous class included forwards Jessica Shepard and Rachel Blackburn.