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Best high school players by state

What an interesting list by ESPN Rise. Notice how many are juniors. (ESPN agrees).

The class of 2011 is ridiculous.

Kaneisha Horn (Ramsay, Birmingham) 6-1 Sr.

Katie Anderson (Dimond, Anchorage) 6-2 Jr.

Aley Rohde (Pinnacle, Phoenix) 6-5 Jr.

Taylor Murphy (Har-Ber, Springdale) 5-7 Sr.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-0 Jr.

Eliza Normen (Monarch, Louisville) 6-1 Jr.

Keylantra Langley (Lauralton Hall, Milford) 5-11 Sr.

Betnijah Laney (Smyrna) 6-0 Jr.

Ronika Ransford (Woodson) 5-6 Sr.

Amber Henson (Sickles, Tampa) 6-3 Jr.

Brianna Banks (Northgate, Newnan) 5-9 Jr.

Kamie Imai (Waiakea, Hilo) 5-8 Sr.

Jenna Cacchillo (Capital, Boise) 5-7 Sr.

Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook) 5-6 Jr.

Courtney Moses (Oak Hill, Converse) 5-7 Sr.

Kiah Stokes (Linn-Mar, Marion) 6-3 Jr.

Jhasmin Bowen (Heights, Wichita) 5-11 Jr.

Antonita Slaughter (Christian Academy, Louisville) 6-1 Sr.

Tori Scott (John Ehret, Marrero) 5-10 Jr.

Carly Grenfell (York) 5-7 Sr.


Sheronne Vails (Arundel, Gambrills) 6-4 Sr.

Katie Zenevitch (Central Catholic, Lawrence) 6-3 Sr.

Crystal Bradford (Inkster) 6-0 Jr.

Suriya McGuire (Roosevelt, Minneapolis) 5-9 Sr.

Valencia McFarland (Raymond) 5-6 Sr.

Anne Marie Hartung (Bowling Green) 6-3 Sr.

Jordan Sullivan (Sidney) 6-2 Sr.

Emily Cady (Seward) 6-2 Jr.

Aaryn Ellenberg (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas) 5-7 Sr.

Tiffany Ruffin (Winnacunnet, Hampton) 5-8 Sr.

Briyona Canty (Trenton Catholic, Trenton) 5-9 Jr.

Amber Battle (Cibola, Albuquerque) 5-9 Jr.

Kristen Doherty (Sachem East, Farmingville) 5-10 Sr.

Cierra Burdick (Butler, Matthews) 6-2 Jr.

Meghan Roehrich (Fargo South, Fargo) 5-10 Jr.

Natasha Howard (Waite, Toledo) 6-3 Sr.

Richa Jackson (Midwest City) 6-1 Sr.

Shoni Schimmel (Franklin, Portland), 5-9 Sr.

Alyssa Thomas (Central Dauphin, Harrisburg) 6-0 Sr.

Meg Morrissey (South Kingstown, Wakefield) 5-6 Sr.

Camille Glymph (J.L. Mann, Greenville) 5-9 Sr.

Carsey Barden (Sturgis) 5-11 Sr.

Lakeisha Crouch (Hillsboro, Nashville) 6-0 Sr.

Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair, Cypress) 6-3 Sr.

Jasmine Porter (Layton) 6-2 Sr.

Abbey Lalime (Lake Region, Orleans), 5-8 Sr.

Elizabeth Williams (Princess Anne, Virginia Beach) 6-3 Jr.

Erika Johnson (Holy Names Academy, Seattle) 6-1 Jr.

Whitney Bays (Huntington) 6-2 Sr.

Alexandra Cohen (Nicolet, Glendale) 6-5 Jr.

Kayla Fakelman (Kelly Walsh, Casper) 6-0 Sr.

First day of counting NCAA games

It’s on like donkey kong.

Lookit all these scores.

Longtime Virginia Coach Debbie Ryan earned her 700th win tonight in a victory over UMBC.

Dayton University had the upset of the day, defeating tenth-ranked Michigan State, 77-74.

Hoopism writer Daniel Uribe went to USC’s free home opener today, at the unusual time of 1:30 p.m., and was treated to a helluva game. Xavier, ranked 15, pulled it out in OT, 81-71. Uribe will have a report soon.

In the meantime, here’s the news:

The Maryland Terrapins are beseiged with questions.

A Texas player remembers Coach G’s wrath.

The Kellie Harper era begins at NC State, and with a win, too.

ESPN names it’s All-American predictions.

The Oregon Ducks need to keep up with the Oregon State Beavers this year.

Lady Vol Glory Johnson returned to practice today after sustaining a shoulder injury earlier in the week. And Taber Spani will start in Sunday’s showdown with Baylor. She’ll be the 13th freshman to start for the Vols.

Who won the round one recruiting battle

USA Today says it’s Duke, but I’m not so sure about that. I’m thinking Baylor. And California is going to be scary, scary good starting next year.

Thanks to all who commented on yesterday’s post. Chiney Ogwumike went to Stanford, to no one’s surprise, and Daisha Simmons chose Rutgers. Like a Hoopism reader, I’m also wondering what happened with UCLA’s recruiting class, because the three they got aren’t much. There is an interesting development on the current squad, though, so stay tuned here for details when they become apparent.

Bad news for Lady Vols, good news for Cal

Here we go again? Glory Johnson was injured in practice today. That’s one stake through my orange heart…..I don’t want another.

This year it’s only three instead of seven, but the Cal Bears keep roping ’em in.

Jeff Walz inked four for the Cards.

I checked the Rutgers page, but no news of any signings. Did they sign any players or not?

“I never gave up”

Recently a young player asked me how I thought she did in a tough game when both her team and the referees weren’t doing so well. I told her what I thought was good about her game. Then she volunteered an answer for herself: “I never gave up,” she said. It was a profound statement from someone who’s given up in games before, and it underscored a point.

High school coaches teach defense, offense, and everything that’s a part of the game. But do they teach perseverance? They should.

You don’t see much giving up at the pro level, and you see some in college ball, depending upon the identity of the coach. But at the high school level, giving up can be epidemic. Young people aren’t always taught how to persevere through difficult circumstances and how to keep foraging ahead when the terrain looks rough. As a result, you see both individual and team meltdowns that don’t need to happen. This is where a coach needs to step in.

It’s as simple as telling a kid not to give up. If she sits down hard on the bench, sighs, grunts in frustration, rolls her eyes or the like, then it’s time to tell her that she’s got to keep on going, no matter what. My line is always, “if you give up, you have no chance of winning, but if you keep going, it’s at least 50-50.”

High school coaches need to be pro-active in these instances, and not assume a kid has the coping skills to overcome frustration. For some athletes, it’s a skill that must be taught, and the sooner the better if they’re to continue evolving as players.

I hope to hear more young athletes say “I never gave up,” whether they win or lose.

College stories of the day, so far

San Diego State University is on the rise.

ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel contemplates the top collegiate players of the year.

Odyssey Sims, regarded as the nation’s top point guard for the class of 2010, has signed with Baylor University today.

Oregon is becoming a run and gun team.

And top pick Chiney Ogwumike has postponed the announcement of her chosen school until tomorrow.

Twas the night before National Signing Day……

Louisville Coach Jeff Walz has twittered his excitement about tomorrow, as has Cal assistant coach Charmin Smith. Hmmmm, I wonder what the day could have in store? Pretty exciting!

Pac-10 preview: the University of California Berkeley

Prior to the commencement of the 2009-2010 college basketball season, Hoopism will profile various NCAA teams. Today, the final installment of the Pac-10 previews: the University of Califorina, Berkeley Bears.

by Daniel Uribe

The Cal Bears have a strange roster this year: there is only one junior on the team, and no sophomores. There are four seniors, and six freshmen. It’s not often that there is such an example of extremes, but such is life in transition for an up-and-coming program.

Coach Joanne Boyle and her staff last year had what many deemed the number one recruiting class in the nation, with seven heralded freshmen: DeNesha Stallworth, a 6’3″ forward/center from Richmond, CA; McDonald’s All-Americans Gennifer Brandon, a 6’2″ forward from Chatsworth, CA, and Eliza Pierre, a 5’7″ guard from Pasadena, CA; 6’3″ centers Talia Caldwell, from Los Angeles, CA and Brenna Heater, from Ashland, OR; and WBCA All-American Layshia Clarendon, a 5’9″ guard from San Bernardino, CA. Tierra Rogers, the seventh freshman recruited by Boyle, will no longer play after being diagnosed with a heart defect and undergoing surgery last month. However, Rogers is still on scholarship and is part of the basketball program.

The last vestige of the heralded 2009 class, Alexis Gray-Lawson, is still here to usher in the next generation of freshmen and pass the torch, so to speak. With that new generation comes the hope of many California hoop fans that their state will remain strong national player producers and grow into a power that will also challenge Stanford for West Coast supremacy.

While the freshman now outnumber the returning players, the Golden Bears will rely heavily on Gray-Lawson (12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and senior guards Natasha Vital (8.6 ppg, 2.8 apg) and Lauren Greif (6.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) to pick up the slack after the departure of program stalwarths Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton. Arguably, the most experienced backcourt in the Pac-10, Cal will most likely look to open up the floor to allow the guards to attack more while the group of freshmen posts adjusts to the college level. Increased production will be expected from Gray-Lawson, who had a 37-point performance in the first game versus Stanford, and must pick up the slack offensively if the Bears are to have success.

The only veteran experience left in the post is senior forward/center Rama N’Diaye (2.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg) who missed most of last season after a knee injury suffered at the end of her sophomore year. N’Diaye is coming off surgery in the offseason to repair her meniscus and is still rehabing but is expected to play during the nonconference season. After the loss of Kelsey Adrian, Casey Morris and Angelei Aguirre last year due to transfers, the only other returning member is junior guard Rachelle Federico (1.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg), which will leave the Bears with only 11 activer players, but the teams roster has never been very large considering it has gone through transfers and players decommitting in the past.

California will open the season at home versus Idaho State on Nov. 15.

(Daniel Uribe is a Los Angeles native, former reporter and Pac-10 expert).

ESPN previews high school season

Just as ESPN did the other day for college hoops, ESPN Rise Magazine asks five burning questions about the high school game. Thought provoking reading, to be sure. Answers:

1. For now, yes.
2. Ogwumike is probably it.
3. Tough to say, but I must agree.
4. When hell freezes over. OK, maybe just Los Angeles.
5. I think so. But it’ll take more time.

Elsewhere on ESPN, pre-season rankings are tied up with a report on Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) forward Alexyz Vaioletama. I caught the talented junior sitting out of a club ball tournament in early October wrapping the knees of her teammates in her spare time. She has still not been cleared to play, due to the stress fractures in her legs. This is a bummer for me, as I enjoy Vaioletama’s game more than anyone else on her team, and I was looking forward to seeing her play at the HAX this weekend.

In the meantime, St. Mary’s High School of Stockton, CA is atop the rankings once again. Brea Olinda of Brea, CA is ranked eighth. California the tops, indeed.

UCLA 80, Master’s College 66

Some of the mystery was removed last night, but UCLA’s full potential still has much left to reveal.

The Bruins got off to a slow start in their game against Master’s College, and lead by only six at halftime. But within the last 10 minutes of the game, UCLA turned on the gas and built a lead, thanks to Erica Tukianien (16 points), Doreena Campbell (13 points) and Nina Earl (13 points). (The box score is here.) The early pace of the Bruins is put into perspective when considering that they are missing three key players, and still have one more recruit left to take to the court.

Forward Antonye Nyingifa is still on the mend from a May knee injury she suffered during the USA Basketball trials, and guard Allison Taka has foot pain due to a previous injury. Forward Candice Brown was nowhere to be seen last night. Turns out she’s been dismissed from the team due to “repeatedly violating team rules.” Then there is Jasmine Dixon, who left Rutgers last Dec. 8 and transfered to Westwood. She will be eligible to play mid-December.

So, not bad for nine Bruin players.

Starters were Darxia Morris at point, Campbell, Tukianien, Earl and freshman Markel Walker. The newcomer from Philadelphia looked very comfortable on the floor, and pulled down 11 rebounds to go with her eight points. There is great potential there, and thank goodness for that, as the loss of Brown creates a problem. Moniquee Alexander is now the lone UCLA big, and though she seems to have improved her game from last year, she still isn’t a strong post. For example, she still went up too soft on several layups, and in the first half she traveled under the basket twice.

But if Walker can step up and develop under Coach Nikki Caldwell, and if the guards – and even forwards – get as fast as they can, the Bruins could still be contenders this year.

As a team, UCLA’s defense is very good; there were several traps successfully executed last night, for example. Rebounds are also good, as last night they hit 54, which is where they were at their peak last season. Offensively, the Bruins still need to get into a flow, and they need to start hitting their shots.

I’m bummed because my camera memory card is having issues, so I’m unable to post the pictures I took last night. I had pictures of both Walker and the other freshman, Mariah Williams from Colorado. There’s a picture of Caldwell sitting in the huddle surrounded by her team. In another shot is a mystery player who a UCLA spokesman told today has walked on to the team (he’s finding out more information on it). And there is a picture of former Lady Vol Shyra Ely, sitting courtside. (She was in town to help Caldwell and assistant coach Tasha Butts with their season wardrobes for the year).

The Bruins’ next home game is Nov. 19, against Hawaii.

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