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AAC Recruiting Rankings: Version 1.0

It isn’t a surprise that Connecticut will have the top 2017 recruiting class in the American Athletic Conference, but the strength of the Huskies’ incoming unit is truly special. UConn’s class is followed by South Florida and Temple, which both stepped up this year.

Here is a team-by-team look at the American Athletic Conference 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- CONNECTICUT

  • No. 2 Megan Walker, 6’1, WF., Monacan HS, VA
  • No. 4   Mikayla Coombs, 5’10, SG., Wesleyan School, GA
  • No. 11 Lexi Gordon, 6’0, WF., LD Bell HS, TX
  • No. 15 Andrea Espinoza-Hunter, 6’1, SG., Blair Academy, NJ
  • No. 17 Batouly Camara, 6’2, PF., Blair Academy, NJ (Transfer From Kentucky)
  • No. 27 Azura Stevens, 6’4, PF., Cary HS, NC (Transfer From Duke)
McCormick: “I really think this is the No. 1 class in the country. Walker is a kid who could be a program-changer — similar to a Taurasi or a Maya Moore. The two transfers — Camara and Stevens — are both Top 25 type players. The other three high school recruits are all perimeter players, and they are good shooters who are going to help.”

2- SOUTH FLORIDA

  • No. 143  Vanessa Blagmon, 5’8, PG., Norcross HS, GA
  • No. 165  LaShonda Monk, 5’6, PG., SW Guilford HS, NC
  • No. 470 Alyssa Radar, 6’1, PF, Horizon HS, CO (Transfer From Northern Arizona)
McCormick: “Blagmon and Monk are both athletic, scoring guards who had good summers. They will fit into that system well. Radar, in my opinion, is way better than most people think. She will surprise people.”

3- TEMPLE

  • No. 158  Lena Niang, 6’1, PF., Riverdale Baptist HS, MD (Transfer From NC State)
  • No. 195  Desiree Oliver, 5’7, PG., Penn Hills HS, PA
  • No. 261  Mia Davis, 5’11, PF., St Francis Academy, MD
  • No. 278  Tajae Stevenson, 6’0, PF., John F Kennedy HS, NJ
  • No. 347  Emani Mayo, 5’8, SG., Hepzibah HS, GA
McCormick: “Temple got some good players, including Niang, the transfer from NC State. Oliver will be a solid point guard, and then they brought in three kids who are three-four’s.”

4- MEMPHIS

  • No. 179 Jada Stinson, 5’7, PG., Elizabethtown HS, KY
  • No. 209 Alana Davis, 6’2, C Cross Creek HS, GA
  • No. 289 Erica Haynes-Overton, 5’6, PG., East Magnet HS, TN
  • No. 416 Finess Dickson, 5’7, PG., Homewood Flossmoor HS, IL
McCormick: “Memphis loaded up on guards. They got quick, speedy guards who can break down defenses. Davis is something of a sleeper with great hands the ability to score inside.”

5- HOUSTON

  • No. 67  Julia Blackshell-Fair, 5’10, SG., Vanden HS, CA
McCormick: “Blackshell-Fair is a great athlete who will have a major impact at Houston.”

6- SMU

  • No. 179 Tiara Davenport, 5’11, WF., Duncanville HS, TX (Transfer From LA Tech)
  • No. 234 Devri Owens, 5’9, PG., Plano West HS, TX (Transfer From Utah)
  • No. 362 Johnasia Cash, 6’2, PF., McKeesport HS, PA
  • No. 517 Ariana Whitfield, 5’6, PG., Cypress Ranch HS, TX
McCormick: “The two transfers are the keys to this class. Both Davenport and Owens are proven players with experience. This should be an impact class that pushes SMU back up.”

7- CINCINNATI

  • No. 217  Andeija Puckett, 6’3, C., Griffin HS, GA
  • No. 264  IImar’l Thomas, 6’1, WF, Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, CA
  • No. 331  Michaela Porter, 5’10, SG., Obama Academy, PA
McCormick: “This class is a step up for Cincinnati. Puckett is a sleeper post. She is a great athlete, and a year from now a lot of people are going to feel like they missed out on her. Porter is a very skilled backcourt player.”

8- TULANE

  • No. 223  Sierra Cheatham, 5’11, SG., Clear Spring HS, TX
  • No. 327   Kaila Anderson, 5’5, PG., University Lab HS, LA
  • No. 355   Krystal Freeman, 6’0, WF., Pineville HS, LA
McCormick: “Cheatham is a two-three player with a very good skill set, and she shoots it well. She should make an immediate impact.”

9- EAST CAROLINA

  • No. 46 SO JC  Destiny Campbell, 6’1, WF., Cape Fear HS, NC
  • No. 228  Ariyana Williams, 5’9, SG., Freedom HS, NC
  • No. 410  Necole Hope, 5’9, PG., North Point HS, MD
  • No. 502  Tamia Hicks, 5’11, PF., SE Raleigh HS, NC
McCormick: “Williams is a very athletic guard who leads this class. She had a great spring and summer, and she was on the radar with a lot of power programs. Hope will give them depth in the backcourt, and Hicks is a blue collar type athlete.”

10- CENTRAL FLORIDA

  • No. 262  Ruona Uwusiaba, 6’3, C., SW DeKalb HS, GA
McCormick: “Uwusiaba is a great athlete with a college-ready body. Her skills are a little raw, but she has a huge upside, and Central Florida needs her size.”

11- TULSA

  • No. 487  Krystan Vornes, 6’2, PF., East Ponsett County HS, AR
McCormick: “Vornes is an athletic lefty. She has a good strong body and she bangs down low, but she can also step out to 15 feet.”

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