All-State Basketball: Girls Super Elites
May, 7, 2012
By Mark Tennis & Harold Abend | ESPN.com
Willie Eashman/ESPNHSJordan Adams was a floor leader in all four seasons she played at Mater Dei.Mater Dei and La Jolla Country Day each get three on the overall Cal-Hi Sports All-State teams chosen regardless of CIF division or year in school. Click here for All-State Underclass or All-State by CIF Divisions.
F/G Jordan Adams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1 Sr.
Although the first team may seem guard heavy, Adams actually spent plenty of time in the post this season for the Monarchs, battling on the boards and often guarding the opposition's best player. At the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago, Adams joked about how relieved she was that the season was complete. After all, she helped lead Mater Dei to its third consecutive state title by averaging 17 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game while playing on a bum knee. She plays next for USC.
G Jordin Canada (Windward, Los Angeles) 5-7 Soph.
The only sophomore on the first team adds this honor to State Sophomore of the Year and first team All-State Division IV selections. The ESPNHS Girls Basketball No. 1 guard and No. 4 overall player from the Class of 2014 was the floor general for a team that was No. 1 in the state for much of the season. She led a balanced attack in three areas with 12.2 points per game, 5.4 assists and 3.5 steals. Despite being only 5-foot-6, she used her quickness and athleticism to snag 5.1 rebounds a game.
G Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9 Sr.
After a transfer from Oak Hill Academy of Mouth of Wilson, Va., Fields was the missing link the Monarchs needed after losing four Division I-bound college seniors off its 2011 mythical national championship team. Fields, whose guardian is Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, almost had the Monarchs back to that level, averaging 22.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the State Team of the Year. No player in the state could penetrate and either pull up for a short jumper or finish going either direction quite like Fields. She was named Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Basketball, Gatorade State Player of the Year, CIFSS Div. I-AA Player of the Year and Trinity League MVP.
F/G Hannah Huffman (Carondelet, Concord) 5-10 Sr.
Miss Durability played every position on the floor and did it while starting every game her entire fours years as a Cougar. With Notre Dame-bound Huffman in the lineup, Carondelet won 112 games and lost but 20, while winning two NorCal Regional and three CIF North Coast Section titles. This year, without a deep team, the Division II State Player of the Year led Carondelet to a 27-4 record and the NorCal D2 semifinals. Her stats this season included 18.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. Huffman finishes her career amongst the all-time leaders in school history (including Jayne Appel) in almost every category, including rebounding, despite her lack of real height.
G Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day) 5-9 Jr.
One of two underclass players on the first team makes it a trifecta after also being named State Junior of the Year and Division IV State Player of the Year. The ESPNHS Girls Basketball No. 7 guard and No. 31 overall player from the Class of 2013 was very impressive in leading La Jolla Country Day to the Division IV state title. On the season, she averaged 22.2 points, 4.6 assists, 3.7 steals and 4.2 rebounds per game. Although Country Day has had many excellent players and all state selections, no Torrey has received as many accolades as Plum since Candice Wiggins.
F/G Maya Hood (La Jolla Country Day) 5-10 Sr.
Despite being under 6-foot tall, this two-sport star that played on two state championship volleyball teams for the Torreys before adding a state title in D4 hoops this season, can jump higher than girls 5-6 inches taller. Teammate and first-teamer Kelsey Plum gets most of the hype, but according to Country Day State Coach of the Year Terri Bamford, the University of San Diego-bound Hood was “a tremendous leader, our emotional and physical leader.” Physicality is certainly her game either bringing it up on the fly or under the glass. This season, Hood had over 20 double-doubles and averaged 17.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.
F/G Destiny King (Long Beach Poly) 5-10 Sr.
Another player under 6-foot that played like a girl much taller was this aggressive, attacking and assertive power player that could be listed at any position on the court. Playing on a 31-4 team that had 15 players score over 2.5 ppg, King still led the team in every statistical category, finishing with per game averages of 11.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2.6 assists. Although she is currently still undeclared, the potential college forward is being heavily recruited despite her lack of height to play down low in college. Missouri, New Mexico, Tulsa, San Diego and DePaul top the list.
C Rejane Verin (Serra, Gardena) 6-3 Sr.
Averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists per game,Verin was an inside force for a Cavaliers’ team that won the CIFSS Division IV-AA championship with a win over Windward of Los Angeles, which was top-ranked in the state at the time. This UNLV-bound senior was also named the South Bay Daily Breeze Player of the Year, Del Rey League MVP and CIF Division IV-AA Player of the Year. She is a native of the French Carribean island of Guadaloupe.
F Keitra Wallace (Brea Olinda, Brea) 5-11 Sr.
In her final season before heading to Pepperdine, Wallace averaged 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists as the Wildcats reached the CIFSS Division 1AA championship game and the SoCal Division I regional semifinals. Among the honors she has received include Century League MVP, first-team All-CIF Division IAA and All-Orange County by the Orange County Register. Wallace also was a key contributor since her sophomore season on Brea teams that were in contention for the No. 1 state ranking.
F K.C. Waters (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-2 Jr.
The State Freshman of the Year two years ago had a bit of a sophomore letdown and vowed after last year’s D3 state title game loss to lead her team to a state championship, a feat she accomplished. The Contra Costa Times East Bay Girls Player of the Year led the team in scoring (14 ppg) and rebounding (12 rpg) and secured a double-double in almost every game. The No. 34 overall and No. 11 forward in the Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS Girls Basketball is drawing major interest. Cal, Duke, USC, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia and UCLA have her on their radar screens.
C Jillian Alleyne (Summit, Fontana) 6-2 Sr.
Willie Eashman/ESPNHSElisha Davis drives the lane in CIF Division I state final.
A post player who can get up and down the floor on the break, Alleyne has been on the radar of college coaches since her freshman season when she was at Ayala of Chino Hills. She has already been named the Sunkist League Most Valuable Player after averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Skyhawks, who won the CIFSS Division IA championship before a loss in the SoCal Division I Regional semifinals to Mater Dei of Santa Ana. She is headed to play next season at Oregon.
G Elisha Davis (Berkeley) 5-6 Sr.
Whatever this guard cut in the traditional mold of former Yellowjackets’ standouts lacked in size she made up for with energy and assertiveness on both ends of the court. The pinpoint passer also has tremendous strength for a small player, which not only helps her to attack and defend bigger players, but gives her an ability to hit NBA-range 3-pointers. The heart and soul of the 27-3 Division I state runner-up has been rewarded for her hard work with a scholarship to Arizona State.
F/G Kelli Hayes (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 5-11 Soph.
Already named the San Jose Mercury-News Player of the Year, Hayes was the sparkplug for Mitty’s CIF Division II state title team. With starting point guard Vanessa Garner going down with an injury, Hayes took up some of the slack in the backcourt. That was particularly evident in the NorCal final against favored St. Mary’s of Stockton when she led the way in a 53-51 win with 23 points and 10 rebounds. For the season, Hayes averaged 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. She was considered the runner-up to Jordin Canada of Los Angeles Windward as the State Sophomore of the Year.
F Courtney Range (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-1 Jr.
Putting up strong numbers in St. Mary’s victories against Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland and Carondelet of Concord, Range became the Rams’ leader and could be poised for an even bigger 2012-13 season. She posted averages of 14.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.6 steals. She is ranked No. 25 in the ESPNHS HoopGurlz Super 60.
G Briteesha Solomon (Mission Bay, San Diego) 5-9 Jr.
A dynamic talent who can do it all, Solomon was the Division III player of the year in San Diego and one of the top juniors in the state. She averaged 24.4 points, 12.7 rebounds, 9.1 steals, 3.9 blocks and 3.3 assists per game. Solomon also tied a scoring record at the West Coast Jamboree by averaging 30 points per game in the Elite bracket. She had 28 points in the CIF Southern Regional final for Division III even though Mission Bay lost.
G Brittany Crain (J.W. North, Riverside) 5-9 Sr.
One of the reasons why the Huskies came back from a loss to Lynwood in the CIFSS Division II-AA to advance to the CIF Division II state final was the gritty, strong play of Crain. The team’s senior leader posted averages of 16 points and seven rebounds per game. She was on the L.A. Times’ 10-player honor squad and will play next at UC Riverside.
F Erica McCall (Ridgeview, Bakersfield) 6-3 Jr.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma made sure he came to see McCall play in person this season. The contender for Division III state player of the year and junior player of the year averaged 25.8 points, 16.7 rebounds and 7.1 blocks a game. She led the Wolf Pack to the CIF Central Section Division III championship game. Ranked No. 16 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60, she has been named the Bakersfield Californian's Co-Player of the Year.
G/F Mariya Moore (Salesian, Richmond) 5-11 Soph.
One of only three sophomores to grace any of the Super Elite all-state teams was practically a one-player wrecking crew for a young team that only had two seniors that averaged eight points between them. In leading the 31-5 Pride to a Division IV state runner-up finish, Moore led the team in every statistical category, finishing with per game averages of 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 3.9 steals. She is a higher-ranked sophomore as a recruit over Mitty’s Kelli Hayes, but Hayes is a bit higher on these teams due to being the No. 1 player on a D2 state title team.
G Chrishae Rowe (Santiago, Corona) 5-9 Jr.
After leading an unbeaten team into March at 30-0, Rowe was named the Riverside Press-Enterprise Player of the Year. Although the Sharks were then outclassed in a loss to Mater Dei and later lost again in the Division I SoCal playoffs to Summit of Fontana, Rowe shined throughout. She averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals and has received attention from various Pac-12 schools
C Imani Stafford (Windward, Los Angeles) 6-7 Sr.
The Texas-committed post never really recovered from nagging injuries that plagued her the past two seasons and this is where she lands amongst the state’s Super Elite based on what she did on the high school court this past season. She played very well early on in both the Nike TOC and West Coast Jamboree and finished the season with per game averages of 9.8 points 11.0 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. Stafford may have just scratched the surface as to how dominant she can be.
F Devon Brookshire (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance) 5-11 Sr.
Since the end of a season that saw her average 18.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, this class valedictorian has signed to play next season at Northwestern. Brookshire, who was on all-state underclass teams since her sophomore season, was on the super-tough All-CIFSS Div. IV-AA team and also was named to the All-South Bay team by the South Bay Daily Breeze.
C Oderah Chidom (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-4 Jr.
The Dragons’ post improved markedly since her sophomore season, particularly in finishing around the basket. She’s athletic, has a very long frame, and can run the floor. Besides playing hard from the opening tip to the final horn, Chidom is the epitome of fine sportsmanship, having been honored for such at the West Coast Jamboree. Her numbers were pretty good as well at 13 points and 10 rebounds per game.
G Molly Gruebel (Foothill, Tustin) 5-9 Sr.
The leader of a team that reached the CIF Division II SoCal finals, Gruebel averaged more than 17 points per game and 3.4 rebounds. She also shined in Foothill’s push to the CIFSS Division II-A title and has been named the player of the year for that division. Gruebel, who has signed with UC Davis, also was chosen to the elite first five team in Orange County by the Orange County Register.
F Malina Hood (La Jolla Country Day) 5-10 Sr.
The twin sister of Maya Hood probably would have been a huge star and had even greater numbers if she wasn’t on such a talented team that finished second-ranked in the state. Still, she wasn’t that far behind the pace of her sister whom she will accompany to the University of San Diego. On the season, she averaged 13.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 1.9 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. Because of her great strength, Hood was assigned to defend the opponent’s biggest player despite her lack of real size.
F Amanda Lovely (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 6-2 Sr.
Teammate Kelli Hayes got most of the hoopla for Mitty’s Division II state championship run, but this Pepperdine-bound woman amongst girls quietly got it done in the paint. In a 53-51 NorCal D2 Regional title-game victory over defending state champion St. Mary’s (Stockton), Lovely had a double-double 12 points and 12 rebounds and played great defense on Rams’ star and third-teamer Courtney Range. Despite having a rough time offensively in the 56-54 state title game victory over Riverside J.W. North, Lovely still snagged 12 rebounds and had three assists.
G Sophie Bhasin (Cajon, San Bernardino) 5-8 Sr.
The four-year varsity regular led the Inland Empire in scoring with 25.6 points per game and also had near triple-double averages of 12 rebounds and nine assists. Bhasin, who will play next at Division I Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., also had 15 triple-doubles and two quadruple-doubles. She was one of just 10 chosen to the L.A. Times’ All-Southland team and had 30 and 23 points in a pair of CIFSS Div. I-AA playoff games.
G Tia Dixon (San Diego) 5-8 Sr.
This year’s scoring average of just over 18 points per game was down from her previous three seasons but her over 2,200 points still has her ending up as the school’s No. 2 all-time scorer behind the 3,837 points of California’s all-time leader Charde Houston. The explosive, long-range shooting San Diego State-bound guard also registered 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.1 assists per game while leading the team to the Southern Regional Division I playoffs.
G Rishonda Napier (Bellarmine-Jefferson, Burbank) 5-8 Sr.
A four-year varsity starter who was a key player as a freshman when Bell-Jeff won the CIF Division V state title, Napier gains a spot on the super elite all-state state team by being chosen Player of the Year by the L.A. Daily News. She helped lead the Guards to four Santa Cruz League championships while also earning league MVP honors this year. Headed to Southern Illinois for college, she averaged 21.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
G Jasmin Ware (Sacramento) 5-10 Sr.
The top player from the metropolitan Sacramento area and the second all-state Super Elite player from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is another one of those girls that could be listed at any position on the floor, and that’s because at times this season she played them all, including post. Despite playing mostly around the perimeter, Ware still led the team in rebounds while also leading in scoring and steals. The Sacramento Bee Player of the Year, who is headed to UC Santa Barbara, had per game averages of 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.0 assists.
G Alexas Williamson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9 Sr.
The third player off the state's best team to earn elite team honors, Williamson did a bit of everything for coach Kevin Kiernan's club. A good defender capable of putting up big scoring numbers when necessary, Williamson also served as a Mater Dei team captain. She averaged 12.6 ppg, with a high of 34, and went for 16 points in the state final win over Berkeley. She plays next at Washington State.
Notes: Just like the boys, it was a very good year for Division IV talent. In the end, nine players from D4 schools made the top 30 compared to 10 from Division I. Thanks to Ronnie Flores and Paul Muyskens as well for their work on these teams. Corrections or comments? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.