The All Star Girls Report national Top 150 for the Class of 2014 has been updated, and the focus for this edition is on in-state rivals Arizona an Arizona State. Both teams have strong senior classes this year, so they will be turning the page in 2014-15.
“Arizona is losing four seniors after this season, so they will have something of a youth movement. Fortunately for them, that youth is very talented,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick, who noted that Arizona’s class was ranked at No. 38 nationally, and ASU came in at No. 63. “Their current freshmen are a strong group, and then they are going to add three recruits from the Class of 2014.
“I think the key addition is Taryn Griffey (ranked No. 97). Her father is Ken Griffey, the baseball player, and her brother is on the Arizona football team. Taryn is going to be the quarterback for the basketball team next year. I think Charise Holloway (No. 131) could also step into the starting lineup. She is an amazing athlete who knows how to score.
“The Sun Devils will lose three starters after the season, and there is going to be some pressure on the current junior class to step up. I do think those veterans will get some immediate help from the incoming freshmen. Ayanna Edwards (No. 88) will give them a serious low post presence who can score, and Nicole Iademarco is a multi-positional player who fits their system. They like to use a deep rotation, so they need those freshmen to contribute.”
Now in its 18th year, the All Star Girls Report is the leader in women’s basketball scouting. ASGR’s rankings are compiled by veteran analyst Bret McCormick, who rated over 1,800 athletes in the class. ASGR members can log in and view the complete updated rankings at www.ASGR.info.
Here is a quick look at the ASGR Super Six for 2014 along with a quick comment from McCormick:
1- A’ja Wilson (Uncommitted): “She is a long, athletic lefty who could play all five positions. She has those types of skills. A’ja is just special. They have some top schools, but they are going to keep looking and talking to schools. ”
2- Gabby Williams (UConn): “Gabby is another very versatile player. She has tremendous athletic ability, and she can do it all on the court. It only takes you a couple of minutes to recognize Gabby’s talent level. She is recovering from an ACL injury so she didn’t play over the summer, but hopefully she will be back at full speed.”
3- Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State): “Kelsey is a quick, strong, left-handed guard. She is a great passer, but it is her scoring that makes her special. She can hit the long three or the pull-up jumper, and she can attack the rim. She also loves to have the ball at the end of a tight game.”
4- Brianna Turner (Notre Dame): “She is athletic and long, and she could probably play the three, four or five. She can compete in the paint, she can hit the three, and she can take the ball coast-to-coast. She will make an immediate impact in South Bend.”
5- Gabby Green (California): “Gabby is another great athlete with a long, strong body. She has a great basketball IQ, and she can act like a point forward. She is also a great defender. She just has an all-around game.”
6- Sadie Edwards (UConn): “Sadie is an athletic combo guard who is just great off the bounce. She can handle the ball and attack the rim, or she can use her pull-up jumper. She has worked hard to refine her skills, and she has become a complete player.”