The All Star Girls Report national Top 150 for the Class of 2014 has been updated, and SEC powers Kentucky and Georgia both signed excellent classes. The Wildcats’ class was rated at No. 16 by ASGR, and it was highlighted by Top 50 recruits Alexis Jennings (No. 35) and Alyssa Rice (No. 44). The Bulldogs came in at No. 24, with power forward Mackenzie Engram (No. 36) leading the UGa list.
“Both of these schools signed strong classes,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “The difference is that Kentucky will need for the newcomers to contribute immediately, while the Georgia recruits won’t have the same pressure in their fist year on campus.
“Kentucky will lose three senior starters after this year, including two All-American caliber frontcourt players in DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker. This year, Kentucky is dominated by it’s front court. Next year, the backcourt will take the lead with veteran guards like Jennifer O’Neill and Bria Goss. They should also get strong contributions from rising sophomores Makayla Epps and Linnae Harper in the backcourt. Still, they are going to need their incoming freshmen, especially players like Jennings and Rice in the frontcourt. One other recruit to watch is Ivana Jakubcova, a 6-6 JUCO post from Slovakia. She could also give them help inside.
“Georgia is only going to lose one senior this year, and then they only have two players who will be seniors in 2014-15. They should be very strong the next few years with players like Tiaria Griffin, Shacobia Barbee and Erika Ford developing into stars. I think Mackenzie Engram will contribute, but anything they get from their freshmen next year will be a bonus.”
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.”