The 2013-14 season is in full swing, but its easy to start thinking about next year following the early signing period. Both Xavier and Providence will be seeking success in the newly re-reformed Big East Conference.
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.
The recent Xavier recruiting class was rated as the 44th best group in the country by ASGR. The four-player class included point guard Marquia Turner (No. 110), power forward Imani Partlow (No. 162), shooting guard Kendall Fincher (No. 165) and shooting guard Jada Bird (No. 242). Providence also signed four players, and the Friars’ class landed at No. 67 on the ASGR list. The new members of the Providence squad will be shooting guard Breahanda Stratton (No. 106), power forward Brianna Frias (No. 281), wing forward Alise Parker (No. 584), and unranked 6-6 center Yasmine Bidikuindila from Canada.
“Brian Neal is in his first year at Xavier, and they are building their program,” said ASGR analyst Bret McCormick. “They have two seniors on their current roster, but they don’t have any juniors. In 2014-15, they will be without Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanninger, and they won’t have any seniors, but they will have a lot of young talent. Both Jenna Crittendon and Leah Schaefer should be ready to make major contributions, and their current freshman class in very talented. When you look at their incoming freshmen, all four could contribute, and I think Marquia Turner will compete for the starting job at point guard.
“Providence also has a young team. They will have four starters back next year, and three of them will be seniors, so they should be improved. Rising seniors Tori Rule and Alexis Harris, plus rising sophomore Sarah Beal, will give them offense and leadership. When you look at the incoming freshmen, Stratton will be an important part of the puzzle, and it will be interesting to see what Bidikuindila can contribute.”
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.”