ESPN HoopGurlz has updated its Top 100 rankings for the Class of 2012, and two Massachusetts natives have found their way onto the list.
Coming in at No. 54 overall is Bishop Feehan's Lexi Sells, who helped lead the Shamrocks to an Eastern Athletic Conference co-championship this season and an appearance in the Division 2 South semifinals. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 19.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and four steals per game for the 16-7 Shamrocks.
Sells' current evaluation on HoopGurlz reads as follows:
Sells is an old-school warrior who is rough and ready. She plays with an intensity of a starved cat which will stop at nothing to compete hard. Standing a strong 5-11, Sells is a tough physical matchup at the guard spot. The Attlleboro, Mass., native has the precision and skill to consistently knock down the deep ball from behind the arc. Her combo punch is a deadly sweep move that will punish defenders who try to crowd her off the line in an attempt to contest her range. On the sweep she takes it low, long, and strong, leading with her shoulder on her way to the rim. She also showed an ability to create space with a crossover for the mid-range jumper. With so many tools in her bag, Sells was virtually impossible to stop offensively. With her take-charge, never-back-down approach to her game, Sells will continue to be force to be reckoned with.
Andover's Nicole Boudreau also comes in at No. 84 on the list, with plenty of praise. The 5-foot-10, Boston College-bound guard averaged 23.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.9 steals, 4.5 assists and two blocks, as the Warriors went 27-1 and captured their second straight Division 1 state championship.
Boudreau's latest HoopGurlz evaluation reads as follows:
With shooting at such a premium in this game, Boudreaux, of Andover, Mass., is certain to be a hot recruiting commodity. A rangy 5-10, she has as sweet a shooting stroke as we've seen at this level. Her motion is economical, so she gets her shot off quickly. She also appears supremely relaxed on her launches and nary a muscle seems to strain even from long distances. What we didn't see in individual and team settings this weekend is what is keeping her out of the penthouse of this class -- so far. She is not a high-energy player, which shows mostly at the defensive end, and she can play off her amazing long-distance feats more by juking defenders into the air and using her long strides to find a shot elsewhere. Boudreaux sees the court well but often does not pound the ball hard enough on the bounce to control it completely, as well as move quickly enough from dribble to pass to execute plays. Those merely are nits to pick with a player who already can play at a high level, but has a choice as to taking it even higher yet.