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Available June 1st, 2018
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 Conference USA rivals UTEP and Old Dominion.
During the early signing period, ODU added five players who gave the Monarchs the 43rd best class in the country according to ASGR. That list included West Virginia transfer Jennie Simms and Portland transfer Annika Holopainen, as well as high school signees Auteaonna Gilmore (No. 114), Maia Lee (No. 225) and Keyana Brown (No. 284). The UTEP class came in at No. 72, with junior college wing Rudiana Eduardo (No. 35 JC) topping the list. The Miners also signed Atallah Mckinney (No. 139), Marta Miscenko (No. 341) and Daeshi McCants (not ranked).
“Old Dominion will lose four seniors after this year, including their second leading scorer, but I think they have a great opportunity to be better next year,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They should have a strong core back with Shae Kelley (who is their leading scorer), Chelisa Painter and Tiffany Minor. They also have a number of younger players who are contributing, and their newcomers will help. Jennie Sims, the transfer wing from West Virginia, may start next year, and Auteaonna Gilmore should get serious playing time in the backcourt.
“At UTEP, Keitha Adams has done a remarkable job. She has them in a position where they should just keep rolling, and I think they will compete for the Conference USA title year in and year out. They are going to lose three seniors, including Kayla Thornton, so they will have to re-tool next year, but they have the pieces. Jenzel Nash is their second leading scorer right now, and Chrishuana Parker should be ready for the spotlight too. They are bringing Rudiana Eduardo, a junior college player who will definitely help next year, and I think Atallah Mckinney will be an important contributor too.”
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.”