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When Pamela Thompson green-lighted Odyssey Sims' commitment to Baylor last summer, she was acting as a mother seeking to shield her daughter from the pressures of recruiting.
Sims, however, was just coming out of her freshman year at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. So, she could not sign a binding letter of intent with Baylor until November 2009. With Sims being one of the very best prospects in the 2010 class, the pressures never abated.
To make up for what they now consider a premature decision, Sims and Thompson have re-opened the 5-foot-8 point guard's recruitment. They informed Baylor coach Kim Mulkey of the development late last month.
"This is not any reflection on Baylor," Thompson emphasized, adding that Baylor remains in the mix for Sims.
Tennessee, which was the runner-up the first time around and remains one of Thompson's top choices, also is in the running, as are Missouri and Texas. However, Sims does not have a definitive list yet, primarily because she hasn't decided upon a field of study.
Sims will be playing this weekend at Boo Williams' Battle of the Best in Hampton, Va., in front of what undoubtedly will be swelled crowds of college coaches. She is a strong and ultra-quick lefty who can hit from deep, can be unstoppable off the bounce and has an absolute show-stopping hesitation dribble move. Her team, DFW Elite, is perhaps the most star-studded in the country and includes Brittney Griner, the dunking sensation who also committed to Baylor last summer.
Thompson said Sims' premature commitment "was my fault. I'd never experienced any of this before, didn't know the process and said OK too soon. You just never know what might happen, and I didn't want to close ay doors for her that might need to be opened later."
Last summer, Thompson said she figured Sims could "go ahead and commit, and everything else would go away. That's not how it worked.
"I just want her to experience the process, to keep getting mail and going out and playing and getting better. I want her to enjoy it all - even with the pressure."
Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American Selection Committees, he formerly coached girls club basketball, was the editor-in-chief of an online sports network, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer.
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