Arizona has had four straight 20-win seasons, including a runner-up finish in the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. UConn has had more than 20 wins in every season since 1992-93.
That’s why it really is no big surprise that the Huskies and Wildcats are sitting high atop of All-Star Girls Report’s 2023 recruiting classes based on early commitments.
After lengthy deliberations, All-Star Girls Report has Arizona ranked No. 1 in its first version of 2023 recruiting classes. UConn is No. 2.
For the moment, anyway.
“This will change from week to week,’’ ASGR National Scouting Director Nate Altenhofen said. “When uncommitted prospects) like (Canadian star) Cassandra Prosper and 6-foot-6 center Aalyah Del Rosario (from the Bronx, New York) commit, it’s going to have a very big impact on the rankings.’’
Prosper currently is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2023 and Del Rosario is No. 6.
For now, though, UConn’s class is looking like it could be special. It’s highlighted by ASGR’s top-ranked point guard for 2023. That’s Kamorea “K.K.’’ Arnold, who is ranked No. 8 overall.
“In this day and age, it’s about versatility, unless you’re a true point or a true post,’’ Altenhofen said. “K.K. is definitely a true point guard.’’
UConn also has commitments from two other players in ASGR’s top 20 who is ranked (No. 11) — shooting guard Ashlynn Shade and wing Qadence Samuels (No. 17).
Arizona’s haul of 6-3 forward Breyah Cunningham (ASGR’s No. 5 player), 5-7 point guard Jada Wiliams (No, 16) and 6-2 guard Montaya Dew (No. 20) has the Wildcats sitting pretty.
Williams had committed to UCLA, but backed out of that deal and committed to Arizona and coach Adia Barnes last week.
“I think Jada is a good fit for Arizona’s offensive system,’’ Altenhofen said. ““I think it’s fair to say that coach Barnes has emerged as one of the best recruiters in the country,’’
But UConn and Arizona aren’t the only school’s assembling strong recruiting classes. Shooting guard Mikaylah Williams (No. 4) is the highest-ranked player in the nation to commit so far.The Boosier City, LA prospect has decided to stay close to home with a commitment to LSU, which comes in at No. 3.
Prosper and Del Rosario aren’t the only uncommitted players that could shake up the rankings.
Shooting guard Milaysia Fulwiley is ranked No. 3 and a lot of people are assuming the Columbia, SC product will stay home and play for South Carolina. But that might not be a wise assumption, because there are other top programs showing interest.
Shooting Guard Judea “JuJu’’ Watkins (No. 2 overall) is uncommitted.
As usual, Stanford and Notre Dame are making lots of noise in recruiting. No. 5 Stanford already has the makings of a solid class with commitments from some strong outside shooters — Nuna Agara (No. 12), Courtney Ogden (No. 34) and Chloe Claridy No. 41).
No. 7 Notre Dame has a commitment from guard Emma Risch. (No, 15). But the Cardinal and the Fighting Irish could jump to the top of the class (or nearly to the top) in a hurry.
“We’re hearing that both of them are in on Prosper,’’ Altenhofen said.
As she often has since taking over the program at Maryland is 2002, coach Brenda Frese is assembling what should be a top-10 recruiting class when all is said and done. The Terrapins are ranked No. 6 and have commitments from wing Riley Nelson (No. 19), point guard Amiyah Reynolds (No. 32), guard Emily Fisher (No. 78) and guard Summer Bostock (No. 96).
Altenhofen also is high on a North Carolina State team that ASGR has ranked No. 8. The Wolfpack has commitments from center Mallory Collier (No. 24) and point guard Zoe Brooks (No. 36). They’ll join a roster that is going to be very talented in 2023-24 season.