The ACC has long played in the shadow of powerhouse leagues such as the Big East, Big 12 and SEC -- but with the addition of Notre Dame this year and the future arrival of Louisville, along with a solid program like Syracuse, this will no longer be the case.
There's old "news" and new news for the upcoming Pac-!2 women's basketball season.
The old news: The 11-time reigning champion Stanford Cardinal are (yawn) yet again the favorite of both the media and conference coaches to take the title, if not to run the table, in the league this season, having taken both the regular-season and the conference tournament title for the past seven seasons.
Dave Dagostino, a college basketball analyst for Full Court, is a former Division I head coach and has also served as a Division I recruiting coordinator in the Big East, Atlantic Sun, and TAAC conferences. A former four-year college basketball player and point guard, he also serves as a game analyst for Krossover and is a member of the Association for Professional Basketball Researchers.
Over the past few weekends we traveled to a couple mid-south regional events -- the Elite 80 Fall League hosted by Don Brown at Carson Newman in East Tennessee and the Future Top 60 Skills Camp hosted by Armond Wilson and Tim Barnett in Louisville. Each event had numerous D1-caliber recruits but the following players are the ones that stood us to us.
Elite 80 Fall League
Brittany Tarr, 5-11 wing, Sevier County HS (TN)2015
Two weeks after coach Keith Brown stepped down in the wake of an internal investigation of allegations of unprofessional conduct and abusive language toward players, Jim Lewis has been named as the interim head coach of the Georgetown women's basketball program. Lewis, who brings 40 years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach and scout for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, becomes just the eighth coach in the history of the program.
Start familiarizing yourself with the names Asia Durr and Katie Lou Samuelson. This talented duo, No. 1 and No. 2 in the just-released 2015 Full Court Fresh 50 Player Rankings, have the potential to be the next stars of the women's game and should be on your MUST SEE list if you're at all curious about what the future of the women's game is going to look like.
Rodrick Henderson, a volunteer basketball coach with the Florida-based Essence AAU program, was arrested on Tuesday on two charges of sexual assault.
According to court documents, Henderson, a 26 year-old Tallahassee resident, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor, an unnamed 17-year-old who has played with the Essence program for the past two years.
Kimberly Davis-Powell, the Director of the Essence Girls Basketball program released this statement:
LOS ANGELES — Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims, both of whom were named to last year's Wooden All-American team, highlight the list of 30 college athletes named to the watch list for this year's John R. Wooden Award and All-American team. The 2014 John R. Wooden Award Women's Preseason Top 30, popularly known as the preseason Wooden watch, was announced today by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.