The All Star Girls Report national Top 150 for the Class of 2014 has been updated, and future Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Maryland both made a strong appearance on the list.
Ohio State’s class was ranked seventh nationally, with point guard Kelsey Mitchell (No. 3 on the Top 150) leading the way. Maryland inked three Top 60 prospects, and the Terrapins’ class came in at No. 16.
With Maryland poised to enter the Big Ten, it appears that the Buckeyes and Terps will be developing a high-profile rivalry.
“I think the 2014 recruits will have an immediate impact at Ohio State,” noted ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They will have a veteran core back, with Ameryst Alston leading the way, but these newcomers will contribute. I think Kelsey Mitchell will earn a starting spot in the backcourt, and Asia Doss (No. 63), Makayla Waterman (No. 64) and Alexa Hart (No. 74) will all be ready to contribute.
“Maryland will lose All-American Alyssa Thomas, but they are going to have a strong roster. Their freshmen next year are talented, but they will have to work to get serious court time. Aja Ellison (No. 45) is Purvis Ellison’s daughter, and she is probably the most likely contributor. I think this class will be a piece of the puzzle for Maryland next year, but they have a bright future.”
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 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.”