Top 100 takes on whole new look
We've got a re-order on the court. The 2014 recruiting class just finished up its final high school season, so we're handing out final grades.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the reshuffled espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2014 class.
1: A'ja Wilson, who will announce her college decision Wednesday on the "ESPNU Signing Day Special" on ESPNU at 3 p.m., remains the No. 1 player in the class. The 6-foot-5 forward led Heathwood Hall (Columbia, S.C.) to its first state title after hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the South Carolina Independent Schools Association AAA state championship game into overtime. She also was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association player of the year, a McDonald's All American and the Gatorade state player of the year.
3 and 4: After a stellar season that included being named the Morgan Wootten player of the year, Texas signee Ariel Atkins of Duncanville (Texas), a 5-11 guard, moves up to the No. 3 spot. UCLA signee Jordin Canada of Windward (Los Angeles), a 5-6 point guard, slides into the top 5 at No. 4.
5: Speaking of UCLA, the Bruins have signatures from five of the Top 100 prospects, the most of any school. Duke, Connecticut, Ohio State and Louisville are next with four apiece.
14: California has the most players represented in the Top 100 with 14. Of those, four are signed with UCLA, two are signed with Cal, two are signed with USC, and two are headed to Louisville. Nebraska, Northwestern, Arizona State and Oregon each tapped into the talent-rich state for one.
33: Checking in at No. 33 in the class rankings is Connecticut signee Kia Nurse. The 6-foot wing is a member of Canada's national team and brings a smooth perimeter game to the court. She averaged 25.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season and led St. Thomas More to its third straight Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association Quad A championships last season. She also led her club team, Hamilton Transway, to seven straight Ontario Basketball Association titles. Her big brother, Darnell Nurse, was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft.
49: Laura Ferreira is the second international player who has been added to the Top 100. The South Florida signee is a versatile and sweet-shooting 5-11 guard who stars on Portugal's national team. "She can bring the ball up, she's good in the open floor and she does a great job of creating off the dribble," South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said.
50: Wake Forest signee Amber Campbell leaps from No. 61 to 50 after a spectacular final chapter to her high school career. As a senior, the 5-8 shooting guard passed the 4,000-point mark for Northwood Academy (S.C.). And, in her final game in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association AAA state championship, Campbell scored 33 points in a spotlight showdown against Heathwood Hall and No. 1 prospect A'ja Wilson.
80: Iowa may have itself a super sleeper in Chase Coley, who jumps from No. 94 to No. 80. The 6-3 forward was named Minnesota's Gatorade state player of the year after nearly averaging a triple-double in points, rebounds and blocks for Washburn. Coley's blocking, rebounding and her ability to finish plays makes her one of the biggest stock risers in the class.
95: McKynzie Fort, an Oregon signee, seemed to improve throughout the season. Explosively athletic and a cat-quick defender, the 5-9 point guard led Etiwanda (Calif.) to a 22-7 record and a No. 19 ranking in the final espnW Power 25 rankings.