The All Star Girls Report national Top 150 for the Class of 2014 has been updated, and in-state rivals Stanford and California brought in players who could be future stars.
“Both of these teams have done a great job recruiting recently, so they both have strong rosters,” noted ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They are going to lose some quality players after this year, but they will still have deep, talented rosters from 2014-15. The incoming freshmen next year will simply add even more talent and depth to these two teams.”
California’s recruiting class was listed as the fifth-best unit in the country by ASGR. The class includes 6-2 shooting guard Gabby Green (the No. 5 prospect in the country) and 5-11 wing Mikayla Cowling (No. 30).
“Cal is going to lose four of their current starters, and that will be tough, but their senior class next year is going to be very strong with Brittany Boyd, Reshanda Gray and Justine Hartman,” McCormick said. “Even with that talent, Gabby Green will have an immediate impact because she is a great athlete, and she can play multiple positions.”
Stanford’s recruiting class was listed 12th by ASGR. The three-player group includes Taylor Rooks (No. 24, 6-0, WF), Brittany McPhee (No. 47, 6-0, SG) and Kaylee Johnson (No. 107, 6-2, PF).
“Stanford will also lose a strong senior class, including All-American Chiney Ogwumike,” McCormick said. “However, they will still be very talented. Their current freshmen have a lot of talent, and Amber Orrange will be the senior leader. Even with that talent returning, I think both Rooks and McPhee will earn important roles. With Stanford, you always know that Tara VanDerveer and her staff are great teachers, so their players will get better and better as the season progresses.”
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.”