The All Star Girls Report national Top 150 for the Class of 2014 has been updated, and both Louisville and Pittsburgh have signed multiple players off the elite list.
Louisville, which currently has the nation’s sixth-ranked class, has inked five prospects from the Top 70. Pittsburgh, under first-year coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, isn’t far behind with four Top 150 signees.
“At Louisville, Coach Jeff Walz’s program is rolling and the Cardinals will battle Duke and Notre Dame for the ACC championship next year,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They will lose five seniors, including Shoni Schimmel, but it will be a smooth transition. They have a wonderful junior class right now with Sara Hammond, Bria Smith and Jude Schimmel, so they will just re-load.
“Even with all their returning talent, their incoming class will still get playing time. They are bringing in five very talented players. Myisha Hines-Allen (who is rated at No. 16) and Mariya Moore (No. 22), in particular, should make important impacts next year.
“At Pittsburgh, Suzie McConnell-Serio is working to build her talent up to the Louisville level, and the 2014 recruiting class (rated No. 30) is a nice step in that direction. They will have Brianna Kiesel back as a senior leader, and their four freshmen will all make an impact. Yacine Diop (No. 76) is a great athlete who does all the little things, and Stasha Carey (No. 77) is a versatile player.”
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.”