1. LONG BEACH
POLY, Long Beach, Calif. (11--25) The Jackrabbits, who forfeited 20 games last
season, play in the two toughest tournaments in the country--the Nike
Tournament of Champions in Phoenix and the 3-Point Play Holiday Tournament at
the University of Maryland. Then they return to California to defend their
Division I (largest schools) state title. Leading this loaded squad is junior
guard-forward Jasmine Dixon. Candice Nichols, Brittany Brumfield and Taja
Edwards are also talented veterans, but watch out for freshman twins Ashley and
2. COLLINS HILL,
Suwanee, Ga. (31--1) They have Maya Moore, the consensus No. 1 senior in the
country, sharpshooter Jordan Jones and ultratalented 6'1" junior Taylor
Dalrymple, but it will be hard for the Eagles to be as good as they were last
year because point guard Shantell Black (now at Ole Miss) and two other
DAY, Charlotte (29--1) With three starters back, including senior point guard
Epiphany Woodson and junior twins Britny and Whitny Edwards, the Chargers have
plenty of weapons.
4. CHRIST THE
KING, Middle Village, N.Y. (30--0) Coach Bob Mackey is working on two nice
streaks: 57 wins in a row and back-to-back national titles. Three starters are
returning, including senior Lorin Dixon, the human blur. So what's not to like?
Tina Charles is now at UConn, and with her went the Royals' post game. And they
will again play their usual brutal schedule.
5. THE FIRST
ACADEMY, Orlando (30--2) This year the Royals will be making an inaugural trip
to the Nike Tournament of Champions. Elite talents 6'4" senior Krystal
Thomas and 5'10" junior Alex Deluzio should do just fine in Arizona, but
senior point guard Tierra Brown and senior power forward Jaimie Givens will be
6. NOTRE DAME
ACADEMY, Middleburg, Va. (28--3) The Dragons have four starters back, including
point guard Ebonie Williams and 6'2" power forward Mia Nickson. Josette
Campbell is 6'1" and Azania Stewart is 6'4", so Notre Dame is big. The
school will play a very tough schedule, which should help its ranking.
Wilmington, Del. (21--5) Elena Delle Donne--the recruiting prize of the '08
class--is one of those kids who makes everything. And she's 6'4". Put a
quick girl on her, and she shoots over her; put a big girl on her, and she
steps back and starts draining threes. The Raiders play a tough schedule, which
means that Kayla Miller, Erin Edwards and Shannon O'Hanlon are going to have to
step up more than once.
MITTY, San Jose (27--3) All five starters return for coach Sue Phillips, and
she's added a solid transfer, plus a freshman class that Phillips calls one of
the best in her very successful 15 years at Mitty. Danielle Robinson
(Oklahoma-bound) is the best known Monarch, but Kassandra McCalister, Nicole
Anderson, Lindsay Leo and Jessica Torrecillas are tall and talented as
9. FENWICK, Oak
Park, Ill. (32--2) It's difficult to choose between Fenwick and Bolingbrook as
the best in Illinois, but it's a truism in high school coaching that seniors
win for you. Since the Friars have four very good ones, they get the nod for a
top 10 spot. Devereaux Peters and Alison Jackson are the best of that senior
quartet, but Holly Harvey and Erin Power are also excellent players.
Bellaire, Texas (33--5) The Cardinals don't play out of state this year, and
because of their relatively weak schedule this ranking may be too high. But,
oh, do they have talent. Antoinette and Annette Davis, daughters of former NBA
player Antonio Davis, transferred in to join point guard Jasmine Hartman and
center Zoe Rogers.