The other day upon learning that Dee Liles was no longer a member of the University of Maryland Women’s Basketball team I wrote, Wow how things have changed in College Park since raising a banner in 2006. Little did we know how wrong I was. No, the Dee Liles part is accurate, but the Terps roster is a monster, again, for 2010-11. No disrespect to the 2009-10 roster. It’s good, but relatively unknown and unproven outside of Lynetta Kizer. The past four years with Langhorne, Harper, Coleman, Toliver & company, playing the Terps was like looking forward to a root canel. Those days appear to be on the horizon again.
Three years ago I saw Coach Frese at the Final Fout as we talked she said her passion… to bring the best players in the world to the University of Maryland. Mission accomplished, again… Maryland is the only school in the country to currently have five top 100 players in their 2010 recruiting class. Louisville, Boston College, Oklahoma and Duke each have three.
The ACC has historically attracted the Nation’s top student-athletes and recruiting classes. North Carolina ranked #2 in 2009 and our Virginia recruiting class for 2009 contained 5 Top 100 players and ranked among the top 5 classes in the Nation.
The five top 100 players so far at Maryland — Alyssa Thomas (No. 5), Bays (No. 15), Laurin Mincey (No. 19), Alicia DeVaughn (No. 59) and Natasha Cloud (No. 98). There are 14 scholarships committed for 2010-11, leaving one more… fasten your seat belts, this class could get even better.
Maryland isn’t the only ACC school bidding for the top recruiting ranking.
Two other ACC programs join Maryland in the chase for the Nation’s best 2010 class. Those schools include Duke – no surprise there and Boston College. Yes, Boston College. Second-year coach Sylvia Crawley
continues to point Boston College toward an upward swing and possibly the upper echelon of the ACC with a class of No. 10 Kristen Doherty, No. 62 Katie Zenevitch, and No. 94 point guard Tiffany Ruffin.
In Durham Coach Joanne P. McCallie and the Blue Devils staff have assembled another tremendous class. #5. Chelsea Gray, 5-10 PG, Saint Marys H.S. (CA), 18. Haley Peters, 6-3 F, The Peddie School (NJ), 35. Tricia Liston, 6-0 W, Fenwick H.S. (IL), and UR. Clair Watkins, 6-4 P, Butler H.S.
Louisville hasn’t rested on it’s trip to the National championship game. Coach
Jeff Walz and staff have used it to secure three top 100 players for 2010: #18 Charmaine Tay PG 5’10”, #42 Antonita Slaughter W 6’1″, #55 Sheronne Vails P 6’4″. The Cardinals are not done recruiting yet, so don’t be surprised if they try to steal that top spot from Maryland after the November signing period is over.
Oklahoma, has three Top 100 ranked players among its five-player class.
They include No. 41. Jacqueline Jeffcoat, No. 49. Aaryn Ellenberg, and No. 80. Nicole Griffen. This class should help keep the Sooners where they are used to being in the Big 12.
It’s early for rankings and predictions for the 2010 class, but predictions and rankings are always fun.
Coming soon… a 2009 – 10 ACC Season Preview and Breakdown.Rankings derived from HoopGurlz, Blue Star Report, Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and individual evaluations.