ASGR Announces 2014 All-Americans

Geno Auriemma of Connecticut and Muffet McGraw of Notre Dame (top, photo by Matt Cashore) will both have 2014 ASGR All-Americans on their rosters next year.

The All Star Girls Report has announced its All-Americans from the Class of 2014. The unit, which includes six teams named by position, includes a strong presence from California and Texas natives. The big winners from the collegiate side will be Connecticut and UCLA.

The 30-player list has five prep stars from California, and four from Texas. Both the Connecticut Huskies and the UCLA Bruins signed four of the elite prospects.

“The teams at the top did very well for themselves,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “Overall, this class was actually somewhat weak, but their was talent at the top, and a few programs did very, very well.

“I also thought is was interesting that a number of the mid-majors did very well. It seems like a lot of kids with the talent to play in a BCS program made the decision to go with mid-majors this year.”

Here is a quick look at the 2014 ASGR All-America First Team from McCormick:

Kelsey Mitchell, Point Guard: “Kelsey is a lefty who can do it all. She can score in a number of ways, she is great with the ball, and she is a tremendous passer. Kelsey is the type of point guard who can set up teammates and she can hit big shots.”

Gabby Williams, Shooting Guard: “Gabby is an unbelievable player, but just hurt her knee. Hopefully she will make a 100 percent recovery, but she is a tremendous talent who should have a great career at Connecticut.”

A’Ja Wilson, Wing Forward: “A’Ja is the No. 1 player in the class. I have her at the wing on this list, but she could seriously play all five positions. I don’t think I’ve seen a 6-5 player who could do it all like A’Ja. She says that her final list, in no special order, is UConn, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. Wherever she goes, she will have an immediate, major impact.”

Brianna Turner, Power Forward: “Brianna is an inside-outside player who is a great athlete. I think she can start as freshman at Notre Dame, and that’s saying a lot.”

JaTarie White, Center: “She is a strong, athletic lefty who is the best post player in the class. JaTarie will be joining a strong South Carolina front court, but she will earn playing time.”

In addition to the high-profile first team members, McCormick also noted two All-American centers who have flown under the radar nationally. Monique Billings from Corona, Calif., is the second team post, and Khaalia Hillsman from Chicago is on the third team.

“Monique Billings and Khaalia Hillsman are two top-flight centers,” McCormick said. “I was really surprsied that they weren’t included on the McDonald’s All-America team. Obviously there are a lot of great players on those lists, but I thought Monique and Khaalia were also deserving.”

 2014 ASGR All America Team

First TeamHtPosHigh SchoolHometownCollege
Kelsey Mitchell5-8PGPrincetonCincinnati, OHOhio State
Gabby Williams5-11SGReedSparks, NVConnecticut
A’Ja Wilson6-5WFHeathwood HallHopkins, SCUndecided
Brianna Turner6-4PFManvelPearland, TXNotre Dame
JaTarie White6-3CProvidence DayCharlotte, NCSouth Carolina
Second Team
Recee’ Caldwell5-7PGFeast Home SchoolSan Antonio, TXUCLA
Gabby Green6-2SGSt. Mary’sOakland, CACalifornia
Courtney Ekmark6-0WFHome SchoolPhoenix, AZConnecticut
LaJahna Drummer6-3PFLong Beach PolyLos Angeles, CAUCLA
Monique Billings6-3CSantiagoCorona, CAUCLA
Third Team
Jordin Canada5-7PGWinwardLos Angeles, CAUCLA
Sadie Edwards5-10SGBlair AcademyMeriden, CTConnecticut
Ariel Atkins5-11WFDuncanvilleDuncanville, TXTexas
Shakayla Thomas6-0PFSylacaugaSylacauga, ALFlorida State
Khaalia Hillsman6-4CWhitney YoungChicago, ILTexas A&M
Fourth Team
Kia Nurse6-0PGSt. Thomas MoreOntario, CanadaConnecticut
Sierra Calhoun6-1SGChrist The KingBrooklyn, NYDuke
Myisha Hines-Allen6-0WFMontclair Montclair, NJLouisville
Katherine Westbeld6-1PFFairmontKettering, OHNotre Dame
Nasheema Oliver6-3CCrisp CountyCordele, GAGeorgia
Fifth Team
Brooke McCarty5-5PGClear SpringsLeague City, TXTexas
Mariya Moore6-0SGSalesianPleasant Hill, CALouisville
Taylor Rooks6-0WFGil St. BernardBridgewater, NJStanford
Chatrice White6-3PFShelbyShelby, NEIllinois
Alyssa Rice6-3CReynoldsburgReynoldsburg, OHKentucky
Sixth Team
Kaitlynn Flaherty5-7PGManasquanPoint Pleasant, NJMichigan
Mikala Venson5-7SGYorktownArlington, VAVirginia
Jamie Nared6-0WFWestviewPortland, ORTennessee
Azura Stevens6-4PFCaryCary, NCDuke
Lynee Belton6-3CBullis SchoolClinton, MDDuke