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 SEC stalwarts LSU and Auburn.
Auburn will add the nation’s No. 45 recruiting class next year according to ASGR. The Tigers’ unit will be led by 6-4 power forward Asia Roberson, who is the 99th-ranked player in the class. Auburn also signed guard Bria Johnson (No. 135), as well as the Jones sisters — power forward Jessica is No. 223, and wing Jazmine is No. 230. At LSU, the recruiting class was ranked at No. 53 and it is highlighted by two transfers. Forward Akilah Bethel is moving from West Virginia, and center Ann Jones comes from Memphis. LSU also signed prep point guard Jenna Deemer (No. 143) and post player Stephanie Amichia (No. 226).
“LSU is going to lose three senior contributors after this season, but I still think they will maintain their position in the SEC because they have a balanced roster,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They will have Raigyne Moncrief back, and she is their leading scorer right now, and both Rina Hill and Danielle Ballard have proven that they can get it done. That will be their core next year, and they have a number of talented young players. When you look at their incoming freshmen, I think both Jenna Deemer and Stephanie Amichia will contribute.
“Auburn is off to a good start this year, and they have a very young team. They should be strong again next year, and their future is very bright. It will be tough losing Tyrese Tanner after this year, but they will have a nice nucleus back with Hasina Muhammad, Brandy Montgomery, Tra’Cee Tanner (Tyrese’s sister) and Kiani Parker. They have six freshmen on their current roster, and they are adding a solid recruiting class. Asia Roberson and Jesse Jones should bolster their front line as freshmen.”
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.”