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.
Maryland: No. 45, Aja Ellison, 6-3, C; No. 55, Kristen Confroy, 5-9, SG; No. 58, Kiara Leslie, 5-11, WF.
McCormick on the Terrapins: “Aja is Pervis Ellison’s daughter, and she has really come on. She is a good athlete who runs well and she scores around the basket. Kristen is a strong combo guard with a great feel for the game, and she can do it all. Kiara is a great athlete. She is a leaper who is strong enough to post enough, and her shooting range reaches out of the arc.”
South Carolina: No. 48, Bianca Cuevas, 5-6, PG; No. 51, Kaydra Duckett, 5-10, SG.
McCormick on the Gamecocks: “Bianca has quickness, a great handle, passing skills and NBA three-point range all rolled into a game with flare. Kaydra is an explosive athlete who can score and pass.”
Georgetown: No. 122, Dorothy Adomako, 6-0, WF; No. 343, Chenya Sealey, 5-10, WF.
McCormick on the Hoyas: “Dorothy is an athletic wing with a nice mid-range game and she is a three-point threat. Chenya is another athletic wing. She is a strong player who gets to the basket and has impressive elevation on her jump shot.”
Arizona: No. 97, Taryn Griffey, 5-6, PG; No.131, Charise Holloway, 5-9, SG; No. 134, JaLea Bennett, 5-10, SG.
McCormick on the Wildcats: “Taryn is the daughter of baseball star Ken Griffey, and her brother plays football for the Wildcats. She has excellent quickness, a great handle, and a high basketball IQ. Charise is an amazing athlete who can shoot the three — we think she is a real sleeper in this class. JaLea will give them another good backcourt athlete. She has a strong mid-range game, and she can attack the rim.”
Alabama: No. 4 JC, Kuaneshia “Co Co” Baker, 5-8, G; No. 158, Hannah Cook, 5-11, SG; No. 168, Meoshanti Knight, 5-9, SG.
McCormick on the Crimson Tide: “Co Co is a very quick backcourt player with a great mid-range game and a wonderful floater. Just a great scorer who also knows how to pass the ball. Hannah is a two-three player with a very high basketball IQ and a tremendous all-around skill set. Meoshanti is an athletic lefty who can slash to the basket, and she can pull up with a jumper.”
TCU: No. 196, Sydney Coleman, 6-1, PF; No. 219, Katie Powell, 6-4, C.
McCormick on the Horned Frogs: “Sydney has size and leaping ability. She is a four now, but she could develop into an excellent three player. Katie is a strong player who can play on the block, but she really likes to face up and step out like a European post player.”
Georgia State: No. 151, Makeba Ponder, 5-10, SG; No. 271, Kennesha Nichols, 6-0, PF.
McCormick on the Panthers: “Makeba is an athletic combo guard who is coming off a good summer She can drive the lane and draw contact, and she can hit the three. Kennesha is a three-four player who can rebound and score inside, she also has three-point range.”
Kansas State: No. 269, McKenna Treece, 6-3, C; No. 296, Shaelyn Martin, 6-1, WF; No. 300, Lauren Mertz, 6-0, PF.
McCormick on the Wildcats: “McKenna plays hard, she can score inside with either hand, and she steps out to 15 feet. Shaelyn is a fundamentally sound wing with good size and versatility. Lauren can score and rebound in the paint, and she also has good fundamentals.”
New Mexico: No. 258, Jayda Bovero, 6-0, SG; No. 427, Kenya Pye, 5-8, PG.
McCormick on the Lobos: “Jayda is a versatile perimeter player who can score in a lot of ways. Kenya is an explosive point guard who handles the ball well and she is always in attack mode.”
College of Charleston: No. 298, Justice Swango, 5-9, PG; No. 368, Dyzhanay Burton, 5-5, PG; No. 402 (VCU transfer), Jenice Winter, 5-11, F.
McCormick on the Cougars: “Justice is a lightning quick lefty who can handle the ball and score. Dyzhanay is more of a true point guard. She is also very quick, and she sees the floor and runs the show. Jenice is a strong, athletic wing who has nice shooting range, but she can also post people up.”