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The 2013-14 season is in full swing, but its easy to start thinking about next year following the early signing period. Two programs in the newly reformed Big East will have to deal with major losses in 2014-15, but they both have reasons for optimism after they signed Top 40 classes.
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.
St. John’s will be bolstered by the nation’s 35th-ranked recruiting class. The unit is highlighted by a pair of players who made the ASGR Top 100 — power forward Imani Littleton (No. 75) and point guard Tamesha Alexander (No. 91). St John’s also added guards Tonoia Wade (No. 133) and Crystal Simmons (No. 177). Marquette will add the 38th-ranked class next year, with point guard Kenisha Bell (No. 61) leading the way. Marquette also signed Shantelle Valentine (No. 142, PF), Ta’Kendra Tia Elbert (No. 184, PG), and Hannah Grim (No. 385, PG).
“St. John’s will go into next year without two key players — Keylantra Langley and Briana Brown — but they will have a nice core group coming back,” noted ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “Allyyah Handford is their leading scorer this year, and she will be a junior. They will also have Amber Thompson and Aaliyah Lewis, so they will have a nucleus. I also think they will get some help from their freshmen next year. Imani Littleton could get into the starting lineup, and both Tamesha Alexander and Tonoia Wade should contribute.
“Marquette is also losing two top players. Katherine Plouffe and Katie Young combined to score 36 points per game for a team that was averaging 78 points per game. And, like St. John’s, they will still have a solid core next year. Arlesia Morse, Brooklyn Pumroy and Apiew Ojulu are all proven performers. They should get support from their incoming class, especially Kenisha Bell in the backcourt and Shantelle Valentine up front.”
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.”