Monday, November 4, 2013

Top 15 Players in the City of SA

In what has been a yearly occurrence since the inception of this blog, here are the Top 15 kids in the city. Detractors will mention the heavy  SA Finest presence. The same thing happened in 2010 when TeamXpress had a virtual monopoly on the Top 10 players in the city. Bias has nothing to do with it as the college coaches spoke then, as they do now. SA Finest had eight out of the fifth teen Division 1 players in the city. Of the four BCS bound kids in the city for 2014, SA Finest has three.  I have also included National Rankings for those not in the know about where our local kids fit in the eyes of the "experts".

1. Recee' Caldwell(2014/ FEAST Homeschool)-UCLA

National Rankings ( Prospect Nation-#6, All-Star Girls Report-#6, ESPNW-#9, Bluestar-#10)

Only kid to make USA Basketball while still in high school in SA history. 2 time Team USA Invitee, won gold medal w/ 2011 u16 Team as a 14 year old. Had pretty much choice of school including offers from the last 3 NCAA champions, 4 out the last  5.  A gym rat with Basketball IQ and ability to shoot off of the bounce that rivals any player in the country. Arguably the best facilitator in the state/country. Now playing at FEAST home school after sitting out last season to improve her game and heal nagging injuries.

2.McKenzie Calvert(2014/Steele) USC-

National Rankings( ESPNW-#16, ASGR-#37, Bluestar-#58  , Prospect Nation-#72)

Former Baylor commit reopened and decided to go west. Two time Team USA invitee. Should finish in Top 3 in scorers in the history of the city.  One of the best transition scorers in the state /country. Plays with an edge that sets the tone for her state runner-up team. Has improved her jump shot, also a gym rat. Idea frame to live in paint at next level and cause havoc on defensive end.

3. Kyra Lambert(2014/Clemens)- Former Texas A&M commit.

National Rank(ESPNW-#6, Bluestar #9, ASGR- #11, Prospect Nation-#34)

Transferred to Clemens but will have to sit out  junior year. Doesn't matter, still has pretty much  have her choice of schools at the next level. Fastest kid in SA with the ball in her hands. Good IQ and facilitator. Ability to create off of the bounce for self and others makes her one of   the most coveted guards in 2015 class. Potential to be a lock down kid and idea lead guard at the next level.


4. Amber Ramirez(2014/Wagner)

National Ranking(ASGR-#10, Prospect Nation #11)

The purest scorer in the city of SA. Can score in transition, midrange and is unquestionably one of best long range bombers in the country. Reads passing lanes extremely well and lives at the free throw line. One of the most recruited kids in the country with most suitors in Top 25 teams in the land. Like the 3 players mentioned above, first college offers came while still in middle school.

5. Tanaeya Boclair(Brennan/2014)Utah

National Rank (CGBR-#221/ 46th ranked  SF in country)

Followed up  a great high school season with a very good summer that saw her college options top 20 plus. Now possesses the ability to play stretch 4 at the next level with an improved 3ball. Should see her play some point forward for Brennan this season. 2013 Athlete of the year and 2 time SA Express News Super Teamer.

6. Gabbie Bowie(Johnson/2014)Utah

National Rank Peach State-#207

One of the most explosive athletes in the city. Also one of the most improved players. Another gym rat that has smoothed out her game to earn a spot at the BCS level. Showed that she can play the 2 this summer by knocking down open looks and handling some ball handling duties. Should have a breakout season on the offensive end , averaging 17 plus points a game if system doesn't play defense on its own players.

7. Wendy Knight(Reagan/2014)Rice

One of the most successful high school players in city history. 3 time district champ and two time Super teamer. Knight is one of the best spot up shooters in SA. Her size and athleticism allows her to score in transition and in the half court. Should average close to 20pts a game on a relatively young Reagan team. Headed to Rice after having double digit college opportunities. Don't be surprised if she leads Reagan to 4th straight district title.  

8. Erica Sanders(/Johnson/2015)

Former Texas Tech Commit

Another really good athlete that excels in the open court. Has been in the gym improving her mid-range game. Currently possesses the defensive ability and explosiveness that translates to the BCS level. As she continues to improve the 3ball and tighten her handle, she should get recruited at that level. Again, much of  her season(development) depends on offensive freedom.

9. Carlie Heineman(Brennan/2014) UTSA

Arguably the best shooter in the city. Her now 5'10 frame allows to routinely hit volleyball line range jumpers in rhythm. Showed that she can touch paint and use an effective runner while at Marshall. Handle is strong enough to handle some ball handling duties. Will surely find things much easier playing alongside Boclair and at least 5 additional D1 players at Brenan. Great teammate.

10. Simone Fields(Judson/2014) Univ Louisiana-Lafayette

Easily one of the best paint scorers in the city. Plays through contact and possesses the needed tools to score in traffic. Does a good job running the floor. Really good offensive rebounder for her size. Should  translate well to ULL as a power forward that causes matchup problems with her ability to operate at high post.

10. Avery Queen(Boerne/2014)Denver Commit

The most skilled post player in the city. Has stretched her already proficient mid-range jumper to 3point land. Has an array or offensive finishes. Favors a turn around jump shot from 10-12 feet. Best weapon may be her jump hooks with either hand. Should lead Boerne to state this season for 3A.

12. Erika Chapman(Steele/2014)Air Force Commit

One of the most improved kids in the city. Chapman has improved her range and ball handling ability, thus, enabling her to use her "sneaky" athleticism. A kid that never rattles, Chapman played a huge part in Steele's rise to the state championship game last year. A tough guard at the 4 spot in the city, she should transition nicely to the 3 at Air Force.  Can board bigger than her measurements and finishes extremely well in traffic. Go to Youtube and search SA Finest vs Cal Sparks and see her performance against two Top 30 players nationally.

13. Ashley Ross(Wagner/2014)

On the radar of this blog for a long time, Ross is ready! After suffering a knee injury two years ago, she looks back to full form which means she is primed for a big year for Wagner. One of the toughest kids to guard off of the bounce in the city, she has a knack for touching paint and drawing fouls. She has cleaned up her jump shot and has added a step back to her arsenal. With the right fit and focus, Ross should really thrive in an up tempo system at the next level.

14. Kirstin Kramer(Clark/2015)

Great size and good athleticism to translate well at the D1 level. Solid stroke from 3, she can also put it on the floor well. Has the ability to play at the BCS level if she continues to improve. Not sure what her true position would be at the next level. She is more than a spot up shooter but  not the prototypical playmaker yet.

15. Bri Millett(Steele/2015) LA Tech Decommit

One of the most crafty playmakers in the city. Has a unique blend of a strong body and soft touch, Millet is not a traditional kid. Could potentially cause matchup problems at the next level as she does in HS. Makes "basketball plays", can create off of the bounce but also has adept footwork off of the catch.  

15. Kalani Marquez(Brennan/2014)

Under the radar kid. Terrific size for low-mid major D1 shooting guard. Has long been known as a proficient shooter from deep but now has added a beautiful pull up jumper from the midrange. Handle has tightened up and basketball IQ is on point now. Understands spacing and exploiting match ups. Size and frame should allow her to rebound well from the guard position at the appropriate level.