The 2014 recruiting classes are coming into focus, and over the next month we will review some of the programs that are enjoying the most success in the early going. Here is a quick look at some of the teams that have been making noise this summer, along with the perspective of All Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick. Each athlete is listed with their ASGR national ranking for 2014.
Missouri State: Audrey Holt, No. 265, 6-1, PF; Aubrey Buckley, No. 288, 6-1, PF; Liza Fruendt, No. 320, 5-7, PG.
McCormick on the Bears: “This is a very good class, especially since this staff was just hired. Holt and Buckley played on the same AAU team, and they are kind of similar players. Holt and Buckley are both strong and an aggressive, and they can step outside and face up. Fruendt is a fundamental player with a high basketball IQ, and she can shoot it.”
Virginia Tech: Brielle Blaire, No. 62, 6-1, PF; Khadedra Croker, No. 141, 6-3, C; Rachel Camp, No. 255, 5-11, SG.
McCormick on the Hokies: “Blaire is a good get for the Hokies. She is a very good athlete with a strong body, and she will be an aggressive inside force immediately. They needed a true post player, and Croker is an athletic lefty who will help fill that void. Camp can score in a lot of different ways — post up, off the bounce, or from the arc.”
Florida: Isis Young, No. 112, 5-7, PG; Haley Lorenzen, No. 120, 6-2, C; Brooke Copeland, No. 136, 6-2, WF; Dyandria Anderson, No. 189, 5-10, SG.
McCormick on the Gators: “Young is very athletic, and she knows how to run the show and lead a team. Lorenzen is a strong rebounding post player who has skills. Copeland is another skilled player, and she has an inside-outside game. She could help at a number of positions. Anderson is an athletic guard. Her strengths are attacking the basket and defending, but she has good shooting range.”
Minnesota: Carlie Wagner, No. 57, 5-9, PG; Tory Jacobs, No. 164, 5-10, SG; Grace Coughlin, No. 212, 5-8, PG; Rangie Bessard, No. 287, 6-0, PF; Terra Stapleton, No. 332, 6-4, C; Josie Buckingham, No. 404, 6-5, C.
McCormick on the Gophers: “Wagner is an intelligent, deceptive athlete who is a big-time scorer with great shooting range. Jacobs has an athletic, strong body and a nice shooting stroke. Coughlin is a local product who is a true point guard with excellent fundamentals and a high basketball IQ. Bessard will give them an athletic presence down low. Stapleton is a strong, true low post player who can score and pass. Buckingham really evolved over the summer. She is a very long player and a great shot blocker in the paint.
DePaul: Meghan Waldron, No. 175, 5-10, PG; Ashton Millender, No. 199, 5-11, SG; Lauren Prochaska, No. 307, 5-7, PG.
McCormick on the Blue Demons: “DePaul has a group of talented players from the Chicago area who can all shoot well. Waldron has great shooting range, and she will fit Bruno’s system well. Millender is a strong, athletic combo guard who can get to the basket and shoot from the outside. Prochaska is a very intelligent player who handles the ball well, and she can hit the deep three.”
Oregon: Mckynzie Fort, No. 203, 5-9, SG; Mariah Williams, No. 241, 5-10, SG; Tatum Neubert, No. 328, 6-2, PF.
McCormick on the Ducks: “Fort has a good mid-range game with a nice jumper, and she is good in the open floor. Williams is a strong, athletic two-three player who can hit the three. Neubert showed improvement this summer. She plays hard with a blue collar attitude, and she can step out to the arc with her shot.”