Monday, November 23, 2009
Updated: November 20, 4:23 PM ET
ACC locks up elite 2010 players
Most of the early signing period buzz surrounded the Stanford Cardinal's signing of the No. 1 overall player, Chiney Ogwumike of Cypress, Texas, but, the story of this signing class appears to be the dominance of the Atlantic Coast Conference. By locking up numerous elite players, the ACC accounts for three of the top five classes in the country and five of the top 25 classes. The Southeast Conference also did well again with seven of its 12 member schools in the top 25. The surprise is that the SEC's only school in the top 10 is Alabama.
Duke commits: Chelsea Gray (No. 4), Richa Jackson (6), Haley Peters (19), Tricia Liston (33), Chloe Wells (62)
Versatility on the wing and depth at the point guard position, lead by No. 4 ranked Chelsea Gray gives the Blue Devils an exciting future.
Maryland commits: Alyssa Thomas (No. 7), Whitney Bays (13), Laurin Mincy (23), Alicia DeVaughn (57), Natasha Cloud (96)
The Terps signed a five-player class that could fill a starting line up in the coming years. With three top 25 players this is definitely a reloading year for Maryland.
Connecticut commits: Samarie Walker (No. 10), Bria Hartley (14), Stefanie Dolson (No. 39), Michala Johnson (46), Lauren Engeln (95)
The 2009 national champions get their point guard of the future and front court depth for life after Tina Charles and Maya Moore. UConn lands another highly touted class so it's a normal year.
Stanford commits: Chiney Ogwumike (No. 1), Sara James (18), Toni Kokenis (60)
Landing the No. 1 overall player is huge but this is more than a one-player class. The Cardinal add much needed help at the point guard position and, as expected, land a big-time shooter as well.
Florida State commits: Natasha Howard (No. 2), Olivia Breshnahan (68), Tay'ler Mingo (76), Lauren Coleman (NR)
The 'Noles sign three top 100 players to really stack up their perimeter depth. Expect Natasha Howard to be an impact player right away with her combination of size and athleticism on the wing.
Louisville commits: Charmaine Tay (No. 17), Antonita Slaughter (45), Sheronne Vails (51), Shawnta' Dyer (56), Polly Harrington (NR)
This five player class includes four top 100 players. Jeff Walz has capitalized on the run to the national championship game with a class with national flare. All five prospects come from different states.
USC commits: Cassie Harberts (No. 11), Desiree Bradley (35), Thaddesia Southall (99), Len'Nique Brown (NR), Lauren White (NR)
The seemingly last-second addition of Cassie Harberts took this already solid class to among the nation's best with three top 100 players. This class gives the Trojans three long and versatile players capable of playing multiple positions.
Notre Dame commits: Kayla McBride (No. 20), Ariel Braker (NR), Natalie Achonwa (NR*)
The Fighting Irish capitalize on last year's center piece, point guard Skylar Diggins, with great additions on the wings. Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride give Notre Dame potentially immediate impact players.
Alabama commits: Kaneisha Horn (No. 5), Jasmine Robinson (65) , Khristian Lee (NR)
If Kaneisha Horn returns full strength from her knee injury the Tide will have one of the biggest difference-makers in the class and with two strong guards this is a big class.
Texas A&M commits: Karla Gilbert (No. 9), Kristen Grant (72)
The Aggies follow up last year's top 10 class with another. Adding the top post in the class and a defensive stalwart on the perimeter is an excellent encore.
Boston College commits: Kristen Doherty (No. 12), Katie Zenevitch (63), Tiffany Ruffin (92), Korina Chapman (NR), Shayra Brown (NR)
Kristen Doherty is a scoring machine with plenty of range. With the strong and solid presence in the front court with Katie Zenevitch and a combo guard who can score or dish with Tiffany Ruffin the Eagles should be soaring.
Cal commits: Afure Jemerigbe (No. 15), Lindsay Sherbert (29), Mikayla Lyles (NR)
Cal adds versatility on the wings with two top 30 players but also adds much needed shooting punch with Mikayla Lyles. Look for the Golden Bears to find a point guard in the late signing period.
Tennessee commits: Meighan Simmons (No. 24), Lauren Avant (28)
With the Lady Vols loaded with long athletic wing-forwards the team adds much needed depth at guard with this class. Both are capable of handling the ball at the point and Meighan Simmons is an accomplished scorer as well.
Georgia commits: RonikaRansford (No. 21), Khaalidah Miller(36), Ariel Johnson(NR)
Two elite players on the perimeter and both in the top 40 in this Georgia class plenty of talent.
Kentucky commits: Jennifer O'Neill (No. 30), Laquinta Jefferson (64), Kastine Evans (67), Maegan Conwright (NR), Sara Beth Barnette (NR)
The last-minute decommitment of No. 74 Samantha Drake kept the Wildcats from a top 10 class but that shouldn't diminish the strength of this class from top-to-bottom with players who can contribute early in their careers.
LSU commits: Jeanne Kenney (No. 31), Theresa Plaisance (40), Shaunice McKinney (79)
Another strong class for the Tigers gives them three straight years in the top 20 for recruiting classes. With depth in the front court and a savvy point guard for the future this class complements the 2009 haul well.
Texas commits: Tiffany Moore (No. 22), Anne Marie Hartung (93), Chelsea Bass(NR), Chassidy Fussell(NR)
Expect Tiffany Moore to be an impact player with the eventual graduation of Brittainey Raven. Forward Anne Marie Hartung could provide front court depth and potentially replace senior Kristen Nash.
Xavier commits: Lakeisha Crouch (No. 25), Lynette Holmes (83), Shaquita Smith (NR), Latisha Walker (NR), Shatyra Hawkes (NR), AshleyWanniger (NR)
This class qualifies as a reloading class for the Musketeers. The duo of Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips won't last forever and while those two won't be replaced individually, this class does it collectively.
Oklahoma commits: Jacqueline Jeffcoat (No. 41), Aaryn Ellenberg (49), NicoleGriffin (80), Morgan Hook (NR), Alexann Yancey (NR)
This class includes two strong additions in the front court with Jacqueline Jeffcoat, the No. 4 post in the class, and one of the tallest in the class in Nicole Griffin. To top it off the Sooners add a smooth point guard to the mix.
Auburn commits: Camille Glymph (No. 52), Jassany Williams (59), Tyrese Tanner (75), Peyton Davis (NR), Courtney Strain(NR)
This Tigers class has a little bit of everything with a sharp-shooter, a hyper-athletic wing, a couple of solid post players. After adding an elite point guard and versatile forward last year this is a perfect encore.
Florida commits: Deaundra Young (No. 48), Brittany Shine (89), Kayla Lewis (91), Jaterra Bonds (NR)
All four players in this class are capable of earning minutes early in their careers. All have the athleticism to play in the fast-paced SEC.
Penn State commits: Maggie Lucas (No. 34), Ariel Edwards (66), Talia East (NR)
Maggie Lucas is perhaps the top shooter in the class and New Yorker Ariel Edwards brings versatility to the forward position.
Baylor commits: Odyssey Sims (No. 3)
Baylor gets the No. 1 point guard in the class who is a terrific on-ball defender. Expected to sign in the spring is head coach Kim Mulkey's daughter Makenzie Roberston who will provide some much needed perimeter shooting.
Seton Hall commits: Elaine Swaby (No. 43), Ka-Deidre Simmons (53), Nicosia Henry (NR), Jazzmine Johnson (NR), Tiffani Blackman (NR),
The class adds great depth and speed on the perimeter and an impact forward player in Elaine Swaby.
Miami commits: Suriya McGuire (No. 16), Maria Brown (NR), Krystal Saunders (NR), Selina Archer (NR)
Combo-guard Suriya McGuire should complement Shenise Johnson well and provide a point guard to feed freshman Morgan Stroman as she becomes the feature player in the future.
Providence commits: Alicia Cropper (No. 26), Lauren Okafor (NR)
The Friars class has great punch inside and out. Alicia Cropper is electric with the ball in her hands.
Georgia Tech commits: Dawnn Maye (No. 32), Tyaunna Marshall (85), Kendra Long (NR)
A solid trio of perimeter players is headlined by a dynamic point guard in Dawnn Maye. Tech will need to look to the front court in 2011.
Virginia Tech commits: MonetTellier (No. 54), Latorri Hines-Allen (88), Nia Evans (97), Brittani Montgomery (NR), Kyani White (NR)
The Hokies class is well balanced with three top 100 prospects, three forwards and two guards including combo-guard Monet Tellier.
Ohio State commits: Amy Scullion (No. 44), Martina Ellerbe (NR), Ashley Adams (NR), Darryce Moore (NR>
Two-sport star Amy Scullion gives the Buckeyes a wing with great athleticism. This four-player class is rock solid.
Syracuse commits: Rachel Coffey (No. 27), Tiara Butler (NR), Lashay Taft (NR), Phylesha Bullard (NR), Jelleah Sidney (NR)
Rachel Coffey, the No. 8 point guard in the class, is an immediate impact player and an explosive scorer.
31. San Diego State Aztecs
32. Vanderbilt Commodores
33. Minnesota Golden Gophers
34. Illinois Fighting Illini
35. Kansas Jayhawks
36. Texas Tech Lady Raiders
37. Duquesne Dukes
38. Gonzaga Bulldogs
39. St. John's Red Storm
40. Virginia Cavaliers
41. Purdue Boilermakers
42. Mississippi Rebels
43. Southern Miss Golden Eagles
44. UCF Knights
45. Oklahoma State Cowgirls
46. North Carolina State Wolfpack
47. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
48. Washington State Cougars
49. Georgetown Hoyas
50. George Washington Colonial
51. TCU Horned Frogs
52. Wisconsin Badgers
53. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
54. Arizona Wildcats
55. UCLA Bruins
56. Oregon Ducks
57. Long Beach State 49ers
58. Colorado Buffaloes
59. Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
60. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
On the cusp: Brigham Young, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indiana State, Loyola (Ill.), Loyola Marymount, Marquette, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pitt, Santa Clara, UC-Santa Barbara, Washington.
* International players not currently residing in the U.S. and attending school in the U.S. are not ranked in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100, but those players are evaluated for their play in events in the U.S. and their ability is considered in recruit rankings.
About recruiting class rankings
ESPN HoopGurlz ranks recruiting classes based solely on high school prospect signings. No consideration is made for junior college or transfer student-athletes. Player rankings and class rankings are determined by a six-person panel that includes Lisa Bodine, Chris Hansen, Mark Lewis, Glenn Nelson, Kelvin Powell, and Mindi Rice.
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