The 2013-14 season is in full swing, but its easy to start thinking about next year following the early signing period. The All Star Girls Report recently released its national Top 150 for the Class of 2014, and we are taking that opportunity to look down the road and profile a number of programs. In this edition, we look at ACC programs Clemson and NC State.
During the early signing period, the Wolfpack added the 64th-ranked class in the country according to ASGR. The unit included junior college transfer Carlee Schuhmacher (No. 33 JC) and Arkansas transfer Dominique Wilson. The class was completed by three prep stars — Chloe Jackson (No. 144), Chelsea Nelson (No. 319) and Akela Maize (No. 553). Clemson signed the No. 71 class, with Makayla Johnson (No. 125) leading the way. The Tigers also inked Shelbie Davenport (No. 277), Justice Wright (No. 293) and Ivy Atkinson (No. 440).
“NC State has a good new coach in Wes Moore, and they are in the middle of their building process,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They are off to a great start this year, but they will lose six seniors, and the players are scoring over 50 percent of their points. They will have two rising seniors to lead the way in Len’Nique Brown and Krystal Barrett, and rising junior Miah Spencer is another proven veteran. I think they will also get an important contribution from Chloe Jackson in the backcourt and Carlee Schuhmacher in the front court.
“Clemson also has a first year coach in Audra Smith, and they are also building their foundation. They are going to lose Quinyotta Pettaway, who is their leading scorer right now, and Chancie Dunn. But, they have a balanced attack, and they will have a nucleus next year that includes Charmaine Tay, Kelly Gramlich, and Nikki Dixon. Their incoming class has a quality post player in Makayla Johnson, and Shelbie Davenport is a great shooter, so she should help them immediately.”
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.”