The 2012-2013 Girls basketball season in San Diego will be one of the most competitive in recent history. The San Diego area is not thought of as being a basketball hotbed such as the Los Angeles area. However, over the last few years San Diego basketball has started to produce high caliber players. This should be a fun and exciting year. Marlon Wells and Irvin Jerry of West Coast Girls Hoops Report have teamed up to produce a comprehensive season preview. There are over 60 players on the players to watch list that have either signed a NLI to play at the four year level or have the ability to play at the four year level. Colleges interested in learning more about the talented prospects in the players to watch list can contact Irvin Jerry or Marlon Wells.
|1||La Jolla Country Day||Coastal South||IV||32-1|
|2||The Bishop's School||Coastal South||IV||20-10|
|6||La Costa Canyon||Avocado||II||24-5|
|8||Mt. Miguel||Grossmont Valley||III||26-7|
|10||Granite Hills||Grossmont Hills||I||30-6|
Mission Bay, Vista, Rancho Buena Vista, West Hills, Mission Hills, Poway. Our Lady of Peace
The Torrey’s come in the 2013 season with high expectations. University of Washington bound point guard Kelsey Plum and the lady Torrey’s will be hard to beat and are the favorites to repeat as CIF champions and to make another run at the state championship. This group has the rare ability to play multiple styles of defense and executes at a high level on the offensive end. Look for them to do a whole lot of winning this year.
Bishop’s comes into this season returning all of their core pieces from a year ago. Led by Columbia bound Devon Roeper and ultra-talented junior Imani Littleton. Bishop’s is a fundamentally sound team with an inside attack that is unmatched in the county. Look for Bishop’s to battle for the Coastal league and CIF Championships this year.
Over the past decade Mater Dei has established itself as one of the top programs in the county. This group of young ladies is not only talented; but their physical, aggressive style of play will be tough for most teams to handle. Led by USD bound Alexandria Young, Northern Arizona bound Brittani Lusain, as well as talented juniors Kandiss Barber & Olusola Smith this group will make a push for the Div. IV title this year.
Serra is arguably one of the most athletic teams in the San Diego Section. Led by the Delaware state bound trio of; Tylinn Carter, Tiarra & Tia Griffis. This group has consistently improved each year and expect this year to be no different. With talented junior point guard Taylor Harris running the show, look for the Lady Conquistadors to make a lot of noise this year.
Horizon has five players on their current roster that will play at four year universities once their high school days are over. The talent and athleticism that they have at the 1-5 positions will put them in contention in the always tough Coastal League. They have the potential to not only to win the Div. 5 CIF Championship but the state championship is a realistic goal for this talented crew.
One of San Diego’s top programs is anchored by 6’5 Center Savannah Irwin, talented scoring guard Esther Wofford and a playmaking point guard in Taylor Pierce. La Costa’s ability to play inside out will be hard for most teams to withstand. This talented trio looks to lead La Costa to its 5th straight league title and a trip back to the CIF Championship. La Costa Canyon most recently won CIF titles in the 08-09 and 10-11 seasons.
Cathedral enters the season lead by Utah bound ultra-athletic forward Wendy Anae and sharp shooting junior point guard Juliet Jones. Cathedral is a fundamentally sound team that is efficient in the half court set and in transition. Anae and Jones make this group of talented young ladies a threat to take the DIII crown this year.
This talented group of young ladies looks to return to the CIF Championship game this year. Led primarily by sophomores and juniors this group will undoubtedly find them-selves in contention for the CIF crown year in and year out. Their aggressive pressure defense and attacking offensive style will overwhelm most teams they face this year. Don’t be surprised to see Cathedral and Mt. Miguel face off in the DIII Championship Game.
Westview is led by two seasoned seniors in crafty point guard Courtney Krysl and athletic, scoring guard Ty Amaya. The emerging post play of 6’2 sophomore Macy Gipson puts Westview right in the middle of a touch battle for the DII crown this year. Look for this squad to win a whole lot more than they lose this year.
Granite Hills looks to have another stellar season. Returning one of the best backcourts in the county doesn’t hurt. Anne Vietty & Skylar Williams will lead the way for the Lady Eagles. Their up-tempo offensive style and zone pressing scheme is one of the best in county. Division I seems to wide open for the taking and Granite looks to make a return to the CIF Championship Game.
|3||Rancho Buena Vista|
|1||La Jolla Country Day|
|2||The Bishop's School|
|4||Santa Fe Christian|
|2||La Costa Canyon|
|3||Our Lady of Peace|
Kelsey Plum 2012-2013 Preseason POY
La Jolla Country Day's Kelsey Plum is coming off of an outstanding junior season,in which she led the Torreys to a DIV State Championship.
Plum was DIV POY, State Junior POY and San Diego County POY in 2011-2012. Kelsey will be the front runner in this years race, but she has some talented players on her trail.
|Kelsey Plum||Senior||La Jolla Country Day|
|Devon Roeper||Senior||The Bishop's School|
|Alexandria Young||Senior||Mater Dei|
|Imani Littleton||Junior||The Bishop's School|
|Briteesha Solomon||Senior||Mission Bay|
|Wendy Anae||Senior||Cathedral Catholic|
|Esther Wofford||Senior||La Costa Canyon|
|Kandiss Barber||Junior||Mater Dei|
|Kirsten Johnson||Junior||Our Lady of Peace|
|Jennifer Dee||Senior||Rancho Buena Vista|
Dijonai Carrington will make an immediate impact this year.
Horizon's 6-foot freshman DiJonai Carrington is this years Preseason Newcomer of the year. While her overall game is still developing, the highly regarded 14-year-old 6-footer has the strength and agility of girls three to four years older.
Besides being able to finish with both hands, Carrington shoots the ball with either hand, including 3-pointers, and is a solid defender with a fierce rebounding attitude against older girls.
|Alexandria Young||6'1||Wing||Mater Dei||Future Torero, long and lanky slasher. Young will be fighting for player of the year honors.|
|Alyssa Ramos||5’6||PG||Tri-City Christian||Scrappy, tough scoring point guard that should have big year for Tri-City.|
|Angelica Wilson||6’0||F||Morse||Athletic lefty forward that will be tough to keep off the boards and will put up good offensive numbers this year.|
|Anastacia Rodriguez||6'0||F||Sweetwater||Inside out post that is tough to handle when she gets inside position.|
|Anna Viettry||5'6||PG||Granite Hills||Talented guard that will look to lead Granite Hills back to the Division 1 CIF Championship Game.|
|Brianne Yasukochi||5'5||PG||La Jolla Country Day||Battle tested point guard that will help lead the Torrey’s high powered attack.|
|Briteesha Solomon||5'10||Guard||Mission Bay||SDSU bound, very athletic guard|
|Brittani Lusian||5'8||PG||Mater Dei||The Northern Arizona University signee will run the show for a talent laden Mater Dei squad.|
|Courtney Krysl||5'5||PG||Westview||Solid all-around point guard. She plays with an intensity that can’t be coached.|
|Danielle Davis||6'2||F||Grossmont||Versatile forward that uses length and height to block and alter shots. Can finish around rim and knock down face up jumper.|
|Devon Roeper||6'3||F||Bishop's||Roeper is a big time post player that will do well at the next level. Ivy league student and athlete. Devon will be playing at Columbia next year.|
|Emily Cole||5'11||SG||Westhills||Slick 3pt. shooter, headed to Cal State Northridge next fall.|
|Ester Wofford||5'7||Guard||La Costa Canyon||Talented scoring guard that is always in attack mode.|
|Gianna DeBacco||5'3||PG||Fallbrook||Relentless point guard that will lead the way for Fallbrook this year.|
|Haley Forsberg||6'0||F||Westhills||Multi-skilled forward that with a high motor and good basketball IQ.|
|Irene Aranda||5'10||Wing||Vincent Memorial||Versatile guard that will put up big numbers this year.|
|Jacqueline Kane||5'7||Guard||Rancho Buena Vista||Well rounded player that looks to make the right play.|
|Jasmine Poumele||6'0||F||San Diego High||Possesses good footwork with her back to the basket. Can also face up and shoot it or drive.|
|Jennifer Dee||5'10||SG||Rancho Buena Vista||The UC Irvine signee will light up the score board this year.|
|Jordan Mottershaw||5'10||PG||San Marcos||Talented well-rounded offensive player that gets it done on the defensive end. Will attend Western Oregon University.|
|Kelsey Plum||5'9||PG||La Jolla Country Day||The #26 player in the nation according to HoopGurlz ESPNU Top 100 Player Rankings. The University of Washington signee will lead the county’s top team to another run at the CIF and State Championships.|
|Kameelah Hopkins||6'2||F||Horizon||Athletic forward that will defend & blocks shots. Scores in the post and can shoot it from 3 and in.|
|Leigh Anne Fria||5'3||PG||Mission Hills||Much improved point competes every time she hits the floor.|
|Mandy Castro||5'4||PG||Poway||Heady point is an extension of her coach on the floor.|
|Morgan Matteson||5'10||SG||Vista||Crafty off-guard can score in a variety of ways. One of the county’s best kept secrets. She’s committed to play at Cal State San Marcos.|
|Savannah Irwin||6'5||C||La Costa Canyon||Huge center is a really good rebounder, very much improved player.|
|Sierra Smith||5'8||Guard||Horizon||Solid SG, defends well on the perimeter.|
|Skylar Williams||5'7||PG||Granite Hills||Scoring point guard with a good basketball IQ. Skylar looks to lead Granite Hills back to the CIF Championship game.|
|Tia Griffis||5'10||Wing||Serra||Ball-hawking defender and able scorer. Will be attending Delaware State with her twin sister Tiarra & fellow teammate Tylinn Carter.|
|Tiarra Griffis||6'2||F||Serra||Tiarra has emerged as one of the better post players in the county. She can hit the 3 also. Delaware State is where she will be playing|
|Tylinn Carter||6'2||Wing||Serra||Headed to Delaware State. Extremely athletic wing can get to the basket with ease. Carter has improved her all-around game.|
|Tirana Areola||5'6||Guard||Eastlake||Has ability to play on or off the ball. Talented guard that defends well and can score in a verity of ways.|
|Ty Amaya||5'8||Guard||Westview||reliable ball-handler is an excellent leader and teammate. Ty is a pest on the defensive end, and can knock down the 3.|
|Wendy Anae||6'1||F||Cathedral Catholic||Long athletic forward that can play with her back to the basket, shot from the outside or attack off the bounce. She’s committed to play basketball at the University of Utah.|
|Brook Hulett||6'1||F/W||Poway||Fundamentally sound face the basket forward that can shoot it from 3 and in.|
|Chayan Lowery||6'2||F||Christian||One of the best forwards in the county. Can score in the post and from 3 and in. Rebounds and defends at high level.|
|Deijah Blanks||5'9||Wing||Mt. Miguel||Athletic and physical wing that has a knack for scoring from 15 feet and in.|
|Imani Littleton||6'3||Wing||The Bishop's School||Super athletic junior all of the high major schools are recruiting Littleton. Look for a breakout season.|
|Janae Omusi||5'9||F||Horizon||Talented forward that can score from the perimeter and in the post.|
|Juliet Jones||5'7||PG||Cathedral Catholic||Scoring point guard that will be hard to contain this year.|
|Kandiss Barber||5'10||G||Mater Dei||Dynamic, physical guard that can score in a verity of ways. Look for her to have a big year.|
|Kirsten Johnson||6'2||C||Our Lady Of Peace||Strong and physical player rebounds with authority and is comfortable on the block.|
|Olusola Smith||5'11||F||Mater Dei||Improved PF has an excellent work-ethic and runs well from baseline to baseline.|
|Sabrina Callahan||6'2||F||La Jolla Country Day||Long and athletic forward runs floor well and is a pretty good rebounder.|
|Sarah Porter||5'10||SG||Horizon||Has the potential to be one of the best in her class. Awesome 3pt. Shooter and playmaker.|
|Sierra Ducey||6'0||F||The Bishop's School||Strong and physical power-forward, and underrated post scorer.|
|Taraja Nyofu||5'10||Wing||University City||Sleek wing with real upside has all the physical tools to make noise this season.|
|Taylor Harris||5'6||PG||Serra||Fast PG is hard to contain off the dribble and has real ability to penetrate defenses.|
|Alicia Engelhardt||6'0||F||Mt. Carmel||Face the basket forward that can knock down the face up jumper and has good touch around the rim.|
|Briajunae Shepard||5'7||PG||Mission Bay||Quick point guard with a good feel for the game.|
|Brooklyn Miller||5'10||Wing||Mt. Miguel||Shoots it well off the bounce and in catch and shoot situations. Has the potential to become a solid all-around wing.|
|Kamree Harrison||5'5||PG||Mt. Miguel||Hard-working PG applies tough defensive pressure.|
|Lindsey Almquist||5'6||G||Santa Fe Christian||Young guard that plays with good pace.|
|Macy Gipson||6'2||C||Westview||Agile forward moves well and has much improved post scoring skills.|
|Megan Franke||6'0||F||Santa Fe Christian||Talented forward that will be a match-up problem with her combination of height and ball skills.|
|Onjalise Hillard||6'1||F||Mission Bay||Really strong rebounder and defender, if Hilliard keeps developing her offensive skills she will be a force.|
|Taylor Pierce||5'7||PG||La Costa Canyon||Smooth-shooting guard is a threat every time she touches the ball.|
|Zaria Branch||5'8||G||Mt. Miguel||Pretty good defender and scorer. Branch has the potential to be special.|
|DiJonai Carrington||6'0||G||Horizon||Ultra talented & dynamic guard that terrorizes opponents on both ends this year.|
|E'mmani Powell||5'3||PG||Mater Dei||Super speedy PG. Will be tough to stop as she develops.|
|Katie Doran||5'8||SG||Mater Dei||Hard working 3pt. Shooter.|
|Layla Cunningham||5'7||G||Helix||Savvy guard, with a high skill level|
|Malea Casillas||5'3||PG||The Bishop's School||Scrappy and a pest on the defensive. High basketball IQ|
|Olivia Erlbeck||5'6||PG||The Bishop's School||Behind Carrington, Erlbeck is probably the next best freshman in the city.|
|Sierra Campisano||6'2||F||Torrey Pines||Multi-skilled forward that can score in the post or facing the basket. With length and timing she will block and alters shots.|
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West Coast Girls Hoop Report