When A'ja Wilson -- the top recruit in the Class of 2014 -- went through the process before signing with the University of South Carolina, she said of the rumors and speculation surrounding her, "If you don't hear it from me or from my parents, don't believe it."
Dennis Cox, whose daughter Lauren is the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016, would be thrilled if people would follow Wilson's advice as they keep up with his 16-year-old.
You know the message board talk that Lauren -- a 6-foot-4 forward/center from Flower Mound, Texas -- is a lock to pick Baylor? Or that there's no way she'll leave Texas?
"Baylor is an hour-and-a-half away and it's a drive," Dennis Cox said Wednesday. "Yeah, we've been to football games there. We've visited some schools that we can drive to. Don't read anything to it. I don't think (distance) is a priority for her. Lauren keeps pretty much to herself so I don't know if she's going to go near or far, east or west, north or south, or hot or cold."
Right now, recruiting is on the back burner as Lauren Cox tries to lead the Flower Mound High volleyball team to a district title. The Lady Jags share first place with two matches to play before they head into the state playoffs.
But even with volleyball the recruiting process is moving slowly because, simply, she is no rush. Her college list remains lengthy at 20 schools.
"We talked late in the summer about trying to get some kind of list out of her," Dennis Cox said. "We started out at 29 schools and 19 came to see her at her high school. We knew everyone could not make it and that was fine. We did no home visits."
Dennis Cox did not divulge the list but did note, "There are a couple odd teams there but I think everyone can figure out most of who's on it."
UConn is one of the 20. With head coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey having duties with the United States national team through much of September, assistant coach Shea Ralph made her way to Flower Mound High.
"Shea came to watch her practice and we talked, and she and Lauren talk," Dennis Cox said. "We knew Geno was gone so we didn't expect him."
Lauren Cox averaged 18.9 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 4.8 blocked shots as a sophomore in a 19-12 campaign which saw Flower Mound reach the second round of state playoffs and take second in its district.
She has represented her country the past two summers and has a pair of gold medals. At the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 tournament in Mexico, she was third on Team USA in scoring (11.8) while leading the way in rebounding (8.8) and blocked shots (3.5) in 20.8 minutes per outing. In the final against Canada, she had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and nine blocks in an 82-48 win.
At the 2014 U-17 world championships in the Czech Republic, she averaged 7.1 points and team-highs of 8.4 rebounds (fifth in the tournament) and 2.7 blocked shots (second in the tournament) and saved her best for last. In the gold-medal game against Spain, Cox broke the game's last tie with an offensive rebound basket with 1:29 left. After a pair of blocked shots by Cox, Louisville commit Asia Durr hit a pull-up jumper to make it 75-71 with 44.4 seconds to go. Cox finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocked shots in the 77-75 victory and earned a Twitter shout out from LeBron James.
Cox attended UConn's win over Southern Methodist in Dallas last February. Her mother, Brenda, played at SMU.
Dennis Cox said that she'll be in South Bend for the Jimmy V Classic when UConn takes on Notre Dame -- Yes, the Irish are on her list -- on Dec. 6. He did not rule out the possibility of an unofficial visit to UConn during the season.
"I have a calendar and I have UConn's schedule," Dennis Cox said. "We're looking. But Lauren has games on Tuesdays and Fridays so we have to find an open date that they're at home."
UConn has received oral commitments this week from Cox's teammate on the U-16 team Crystal Dangerfield (5-5 guard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee) and Kyla Irwin (6-2 forward, State College, Pennsylvania). It's no secret the Huskies would like to add another post player.
One recruiting target is off the board. Nancy Mulkey, a 6-9 junior center from Cypress, Texas, announced on Twitter Wednesday she had committed to coach Sherri Coale and Oklahoma.