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.
Iowa State: Emily Durr, No. 118, 6-0, WF; Nakiah Bell, No. 152, 5-4, PG; Claire Ricketts, No. 169, 6-3, C; Bryanna Fernstrom, No. 181, 6-5, C; Blaire Thomas, No. 294, 5-11, WF.
McCormick on the Cyclones: “This gives them five strong players. Durr is a good fit for the program because she is a wing with size and shooting range. Bell is a lightning quick point guard that can run the offense, and she has deep three range. Ricketts is an active center who can step outside, where as Fernstrom is more of a true post player with very good footwork. Thomas is an athletic, blue collar wing who does all the little things.”
Washington: Macy Keen, No. 59 (Miami Transfer), 6-5, C; Kelli Kingma, No. 68, 5-9, PG; Hannah Johnson, No. 83, 6-1, WF; Toree Thompson, No. 140, 5-8, SG.
McCormick on the Huskies: “Keen is a very athletic low post with a lot of physical gifts, and her skills are coming. Kingma; who will be following in the footsteps of her sister, Kristi, at Washington; has a high basketball IQ and a very good skill set. Johnson is a three-four player who is athletic and aggressive. Thompson is a lefty who can score in bunches.”
Rutgers: Brittany Jackson, No. 41 (Georgia Tech Transfer), 5-10, G; Ashli Jeune, No. 274, 5-10, SG.
McCormick on the Scarlet Knights: “Jackson was a Top 50 recruit coming out of high school in 2012, and she is a great athlete with a strong body. Jeune is an athletic slasher with an excellent work ethic.”
Eastern Michigan: Sasha Dailey, No. 232, 5-8, PG; Britani Stowe, No. 530, 5-6, PG; Alexis Stripling, NR, 5-11, WF; Micah Robinson, NR, 5-9, PG.
McCormick on the Eagles: “They picked up a lot of perimeter talent. Dailey is a classic point guard with a great IQ and handle. She is a good facilitator and she can score. Stowe is more of an athletic combo guard with great shooting range. Stripling is a really good athlete with strength, so she could play the three or the four. Robinson is another athletic, strong guard who has a nice mid-range game.”
Denver: Ciera Morgan, No. 370, 5-11, SG; Jordyn Alt, No. 488, 6-2, C; Avery Queen, NR, 6-0, PF; Tamara Lee, NR, 5-8, G.
McCormick on the Pioneers: “Morgan can knock down the three and attack the basket. Alt has a strong body, and she can score inside with either hand or step out to 15 feet. Queen is a high energy player who can shoot it out to the arc. Lee is a strong, smart combo guard with a versatile game.”
Middle Tennessee State: Gabby Lyon, No. 272, 6-0, PF; Rebecca Reuter, No. 410, 6-2, C; Abby Sissom, No. 414, 5-8, PG.
McCormick on the Blue Raiders: “Lyon is a high-motor post player who knows how to finish. Reuter has good footwork and she can score with a nice hook shot with either hand. Sissom is a fundamentally sound player who is a impressive shooter.”