A pair of teams from the ACC are prominent in the All Star Girls Report national Top 150 for the Class of 2014. Both Georgia Tech and Wake Forest signed a trio of players from the elite list.
The Yellow Jackets produced the nation’s 20th-ranked class according to ASGR, with power forwards Zaire O’Neil (No. 32) and Erin Garner (No. 149), plus point guard Imani Tilford (No. 59). The Demon Deacons’ class was ranked at No. 27, with point guard Amber Campbell (No. 67), power forward Nicole Floyd (No. 79) and wing Taylor Gordon (No. 102) joining the program.
Those recruits should be a part of successful programs in the coming years.
“I think you have to feel good about where Georgia Tech is headed,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They are losing two important seniors after this season, but they have a strong cast of younger players who will be back. Kaela Davis could be the 2013-14 ACC Rookie of the Year, and they will have three more starters back in rising senior Sydney Wallace along with rising juniors Roddreka Rogers and Aaliyah Whiteside. Even with that group returning, I think O’Neil could crack the starting lineup, and Tilford will give them help in the backcourt.
“At Wake Forest, that program is still in the building process. They will lose Chelsea Douglas next year, but they have a strong freshman class this year, and they seem to be gaining momentum. I think all three of their incoming kids could see important playing time in 2014-15, and they already have three Top 75 commitments from the Class of 2015.”
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.”