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ACC Recruiting Rankings: Version 1.0

The ACC enjoyed a strong recruiting season, with Louisville’s deep, talented class leading the way. Notre Dame is featuring quality over quantity, while Duke went with exciting depth.

Here is a team-by-team look at the ACC recruiting classes as ranked by the All Star Girls Report (individual rankings as of Version 1.0), along with comments from ASGR analyst Bret McCormick.

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1- LOUISVILLE

  • No. 7   Dana Evans, 5’7, PG., Gary Westside HS, IN
  • No. 25 Loretta Kakala, 6’3, C., Manteca HS, CA
  • No. 48 Lindsey Duvall, 5’9, PG., Bulitt East HS, KY
  • NR Taylor Johnson, 5’7,SG., Lincoln Way East HS, IL ( Transfer From Loyola Chicago)
McCormick: “This will be Jeff Walz’s best team this year, and they should be just as good next year. They are adding a great point guard and two other Top 50 prospects. They should be a Top 5 program for quite some time now.”

2- NOTRE DAME

  • No. 5   Danielle Patterson, 6’2, PF., Mary Louis Academy, NY
  • No. 39 Mikayla Vaughn, 6’3, C., Paul VI Catholic, PA
McCormick: “They are the team to beat this year, and this class is going to keep them strong in the future. They were looking at a hole up front, and they filled it with two quality players.”

3- DUKE

  • No. 16   Mikayla Boykin, 5’10, SG, Clinton HS, NC
  • No. 21   Jade Williams, 6’4, PF, Prestonwood HS, TX
  • No. 28   Madison Treece, 6’4, C., Rock Bridge HS, MO
  • No. 43   Jayda Adams, 6’0, SG., Mater Dei HS, CA
  • No. 502 Sofia Roma, 6’2, PF., Nazareth Regional HS, NY (Transfer From Wagner)
McCormick: “Duke has dropped out of the Top 25 this year, but help is on  the way. They are getting four Blue Chip kids who should contribute right away. Duke should be headed back up.”

4- SYRACUSE

  • No. 32  Digna Strautmane, 6’2, PF., Riga, Latvia
  • No. 34  Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi, 6’3, C., Paris, France
  • No. 58  Amaya Finklea-Guity, 6’3, C., Noble & Greenough HS, MA
  • No. 69  Diaby Kariata, 6’5 C., Ivory Coast, France
  • No. 112 Isis Young, 5’7, PG., Trenton Catholic HS, NJ (Transfer From Florida)
  • No. 117 Shanique Edwards, 6’2, PF., Grand Street Campus, NY
  • No. 173 Nikki Oppenheimer, 5’8, PG., Montini Catholic HS, IL
  • No. 360 Jasmine Nwajel, 5’7, PG., The Mary Louis Academy, (Transfer From Wagner)
  • NR      Miranda Drummond, 6’2, WF., Harpursville, HS, NY (Transfer From St Bonaventure)
McCormick: “They used their great 2015-16 season on the recruiting trail. They added two very good post players from France, and a number of transfers who will provide quick help.”

5- MIAMI FL

  • No. 63 Taylor Mason, 5’9, SG., Norcross HS, GA
  • No. 77 Endia Banks, 5’9, SG., Duluth HS, GA
  • No. 84   Kelsey Marshall, 5’10, G., Miami Country Day HS, FL
  • No. 93 Mykea Gray, 5’6, PG., National Christian Academy, MD
  • No. 95 Rebecca Ripley, 5’11, WF., New Hampton HS, MA
McCormick: “Miami will be powered by veterans this year, and this group will be ready to replace that group. They are very good at scoring the basketball, and they play fast.”

6- GEORGIA TECH

  • No. 47  Kierra Fletcher, 5’8, SG., Warren Cousino HS, MI
  • No. 88  Daijah Jefferson, 6’3, WF., Hopewell HS, VA
  • No 129 Taja Cummings, 5’4, PG., St. Francis HS, GA
  • No. 295 Charon Sweeney, 5’3, PG, Toledo Rogers HS, OH (Transfer From Eastern Michigan)
McCormick: “Georgia Tech really helped their perimeter with this class. This is a very athletic group, and they can score.”

7- NORTH CAROLINA

  • No. 24   Janelle Bailey, 6’3, C., Providence Day School, NC
  • No. 125 Jaelyn Murray, 6’2, PF., Dreher HS, SC
  • No. 225  Leah Church, 5’6,PG., Forest Hill Academy, NC
McCormick: “This program has been through a lot, and they are really young this year, but they have a bright future. Bailey is a very talented post player, and I think they will be prominent again in a couple of years.”

8- NC STATE

  • No. 76 Kai Crutchfield, 5’9, SG, Millbrook HS, NC
McCormick: “They have a strong team coming back, and Wes Moore is a great coach. They only have one kid so far, but she is a good, scoring guard.”

9- WAKE FOREST

  • No. 118 Gina Conti, 5’10, SG., Grove City HS, OH
  • No. 156  Maya Banks, 6’4, C., Hamilton HS, AZ
McCormick: “Wake Forest is a program on the rise, and I think they might surprise some people this year. Conti, in my opinion, is an undervalued talent who should contribute immediately.”

10- PITTSBURGH

  • No. 160 Cara Judkins, 6’3., C Our Lady of Good Counsel, MD
  • No. 162 Jaala Henry, 6’3, PF., National Christian Academy, MD
  • No. 334 Angelique Rodriguez, 5’11, WF., Capital Prep, CT
McCormick: “Pittsburgh is a team that can beat just about anyone on a given night, and this class will really help their frontcourt. That has been a weak spot for them, and this group will be a big help.”

 11- VIRGINIA TECH

  • No. 45   Aisha Shepperd, 5’11, SG., St. Johns College, VA
  • No. 316 Sierra Votaw, 6’3, PF., Harrells Christian HS, NC
  • No. 601 Michelle Berry, 6’2, WF., Miami Country Day HS, FL (Transfer From Cal State Fullerton
McCormick: “This is Kenny Brooks’ first year, and he came through with a commitment from Shepperd. That will help get things going, and he will get it done in a couple of years.”

12- FLORIDA STATE

  • No. 105  Sayawani Lassiter, 5’10, SG., Newton North HS, MA
McCormick: “Florida State should be headed for a great year on the court, and Lassiter is the type of scoring guard who fits well in their system.”

13- VIRGINIA

  • No. 158 Brianna Tinsley, 5’7, PG., St Annes Belfield HS, VA
McCormick: “This is an important year for Virginia. Tinsley is a very good point guard, but they need to add a few more pieces.”

14- BOSTON COLLEGE

  • No. 184 Grace Marko, 6’0, WF., Boca Raton HS, FL
  • No. 218 Milan Bolden-Morris, 5’10, SG., Cardinal Newman HS, FL
  • No. 244 Sydney Lowery, 5’10, SG., St Lukes HS, CT
McCormick: “Boston College added some firepower with this class. They are bringing in some kids who can shoot the basketball, and they are fundamental kids who fit the BC system.”

15- CLEMSON

  • No. 252  Chyna Cotton, 6’0, PF., SW Atlanta Christian HS, GA
  • No. 303  Tylar Bennett, 6’2, C., Detroit Country Day HS, MI
McCormick: “They are adding to frontcourt kids who are athletic, and they are high motor kids who play good defense.”

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