The school basketball season is across the nook and it’s time to try the gamers who will possible be family names. Right here’s the second article in a four-part collection: the juniors.
1) Aliyah Boston (South Carolina Gamecocks)
Boston has received not less than a share of the SEC Defensive Participant of the 12 months award in each her collegiate seasons and has received the Lisa Leslie Award as the perfect middle within the faculty recreation each years as effectively. The First Workforce All-American is a real put up with all the talents wanted to be a pressure on the glass and on protection. She has profession averages of 10.4 rebounds and a couple of.6 blocks. The scoring isn’t via the roof (13.7 factors per recreation final 12 months), however she is a good inside scorer with a growing outdoors shot. She is going to prepared the ground for the No. 1 Gamecocks and assist the proficient freshmen alter to the faculty recreation.
2) Ashley Owusu (Maryland Terrapins)
Owusu was the purpose guard working the present for the perfect offense in girls’s faculty basketball final 12 months. The Terps led the nation with 90.8 factors per recreation and Owusu was fourth within the Energy 5 with 5.9 assists per recreation. She is simply as effectively often called a scorer and led Maryland with a scoring common of 17.9. She will beat just about anybody 1-on-1 with a drive or her pull-up mid-range recreation. Her ending means on the rim improved throughout her sophomore marketing campaign and if she’s making her loopy layups she turns into much more troublesome to cease. She has good type on her 3-point shot, however chooses to not shoot from on the market very incessantly. If she will be able to take her recreation to a fair greater degree as a junior, be careful for the No. 4 Terps.
3) Haley Jones (Stanford Cardinal)
Jones was the Most Excellent Participant of final 12 months’s Last 4. She made quite a lot of clutch baskets in the course of the event, proving that she is a chief time participant en path to serving to her Cardinal with the nationwide championship. She was an All-America honorable point out and needs to be within the dialog to make one of many groups this 12 months as No. 3 Stanford seems to defend its title. Jones was the No. 1 Hoop Gurlz recruit within the class of 2019, however handled a knee damage her freshman 12 months at Stanford and her numbers didn’t blow us away that season. However she was the No. 1 recruit for a purpose — she’s an extremely versatile capturing guard/small ahead with a excessive ceiling. And he or she proved within the largest second that she is a celebrity. Now she’s on the rise.
4) Diamond Miller (Maryland Terrapins)
Miller has been the Robin to Owusu’s Batman, however might simply be the Batman on any given evening and has quite a lot of WNBA potential. She is among the most athletic wings within the nation and is listed as a 6-foot-3 guard. She will slash to to basket and rating with ease and is harmful in transition. Her 3-point share improved from 31.5 % as a freshman to 35.5 % as a sophomore and he or she made 15 extra threes. We noticed her put her capturing and slashing repertoire collectively at occasions final 12 months and when she does that, the sky’s the restrict for her. She averaged 17.3 factors per recreation in 2020-21.
5) Zia Cooke (South Carolina Gamecocks)
Cooke is South Carolina’s second-best participant and was its main scorer final 12 months with 15.9 factors per recreation. She offers the Gamecocks much more pace than they have already got with Destanni Henderson and is an elite mid-range shooter. She additionally shot 39.3 % from downtown final 12 months with 48 makes. Cooke hasn’t been in a position to stuff the remainder of the stat sheet, however she’s nonetheless the perfect true two guard on this checklist.
6) Kierstan Bell (Florida Gulf Coast Eagles)
Bell goes to be an attention-grabbing participant to observe as a result of she has Energy 5 expertise and naturally dominated at FGCU final 12 months. She averaged 10.9 factors as a freshman at Ohio State earlier than transferring and changing into a member of the Eagles. She then averaged 24.3 factors, 10.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 steals and a couple of.3 blocks as a sophomore within the ASUN. She was named the Becky Hammon Mid-Main Participant of the 12 months by Her Hoop Stats and an AP All-America honorable point out. She is deserving of No. 6 on this checklist, even forward of fairly just a few notable Energy 5 gamers.
7) Charisma Osborne (UCLA Bruins)
Osborne made a reputation for herself as a freshman with the Bruins and actually stepped up her play final 12 months, averaging 17 factors, 5.8 rebounds and three.8 assists. Solely WNBA Rookie of the 12 months Michaela Onyenwere averaged extra factors for UCLA in 2020-21 with 19.1. The Bruins revolved round Onyenwere, who’s a small ahead. Now, Osborne is trying to verify the crew has a backcourt to be reckoned with and hopes to maintain stepping up in massive moments. She is capturing 33.6 % from past the arc with 112 makes via two collegiate seasons.
8) Mackenzie Holmes (Indiana Hoosiers)
Holmes was the main scorer on Indiana’s first-ever Elite 8 crew, averaging 17.8 factors in 2020-21. She is a part of a giant three that additionally options Grace Berger and Ali Patberg. For her efforts final 12 months, she was named an All-America honorable point out. Anticipate her to as soon as once more be the go-to scorer for the Hoosiers, who enter the season at No. 8. Holmes has the within contact and shot-blocking means to turn into a fair greater star. She averaged three blocks per recreation final 12 months.
9) Jakia Brown-Turner (NC State Wolfpack)
Brown-Turner was a giant star for the No. 1 seed Wolfpack final 12 months, complementing middle Elissa Cunane. Anticipate greater and higher issues from Brown-Turner now that she’s an upperclassman for No. 5 NC State. She’s a flexible scorer and may do all of it on the wing. Final 12 months she averaged 13.5 factors per recreation, a price that was greater within the common season alone, and shot 37 % from distance with 40 makes.
10) Ayoka Lee (Kansas State Wildcats)
Lee put up massive numbers as soon as once more final 12 months at Kansas State. After a freshman 12 months that noticed her file 15.7 factors, 11.4 rebounds and three.1 blocks per recreation, she averaged much less rebounds and blocks put posted 19.1 factors. Her peak makes her that rather more dominant and he or she might be onerous to cease within the Large 12 once more this 12 months.
Different juniors to observe:
11. Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech Hokies, 6-6 middle
12. Aijha Blackwell, Missouri Tigers, 6-0 guard
13. Esmery Martinez, West Virginia Mountaineers, 6-2 ahead
14. Jordan Horston, Tennessee Girl Volunteers, 6-2 guard
15. Nyara Sabally, Oregon Geese, 6-5 ahead