Editor's Note: While the eyes of the nation's women's basketball fans have been riveted on college conference tournaments over the past two weeks, there has been some impressive hoops on display at the high school level going on at the same time and Full Court's analysts have been on hand to capture it for our readers. John McGraw covered the eight state championships in the Florida High School Tournament and brings us his take on some of the top talent on display there.
AUSTIN,Texas- This was going to be a storybook finish no matter how the game ended. Duncanville High School girls' basketball was on a winning streak of 105 games which included back-to-back Texas state Division 5A championships; they were looking to extend that winning run, as well as to cement the state title three-peat. Manvel, the underdog who had lost earlier this season after being up by double digits, was on a streak of its own since a 30-point loss to Whitney Young in December.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. U17 women today learned their preliminary round opponents for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, where they will be looking to capture their third-straight FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal. The tournament will be played June 28-July 6 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
FIBA conducted the draw in Bratislava, and the USA was placed into Group D, where it will face China (FIBA Asia silver medalist) on June 28, France (FIBA Europe fifth place) on June 29 and Mali (FIBA Africa gold medalist) on July 1.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) today named A'ja Wilson of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C., as the 2014 WBCA High School Player of the Year. Wilson, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the Full Court Fresh 50 Class of 2014, headlines the 2014 WBCA High School All-America Team also announced by the WBCA today in Atlanta.
HOUSTON, Tex. -- The Duncanville Pantherettes have made believers out of people across the nation and this reporter is certainly one of them. Not only do I believe they have the best player in the country in Ariel Atkins, the No. 4 player in the Full Court Fresh 50 Class of 2014, I also stand behind my ranking of Duncanville as the best team in the country.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. -- The Play 4 Kay Cancer Showcase hosted in early February by JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., saw no real losers as fans enjoyed some good basketball with no shortage of quality Division I talent on display, all while raising money money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Present for the day, to talk to groups of players about Coach Yow and her fight against cancer, was Beth Burns, former San Diego State head coach, who is now spending time working for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
OAK BROOK, Ill. – Brianna Turner (Manvel High School – Manvel, Tex.) and A'ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall Episcopal School – Columbia, S.C.), the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked prospects in the Class of 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, highlighted the McDonald’s All American High School Girls' Basketball Games rosters announced by the Games' Selection Committee today.
MANSFIELD, Tex. - Last weekend's Mansfield Invitational Tournament attracted a number of heavy hitters to this burb just outside Fort Worth, Tex. The event drew numerous state championship contenders from multiple regions throughout the state, including the ultimate holiday tournament champion, Pflugerville High School, who just might be the best team I’ve seen in Region 2, along with Cibolo Steele from Region 4. Both teams made it to state last season in the 5A classification, while Aledo High School did the same in class 4A.
DUNCANVILLE, Texas- The Sandra Meadows Classic, one of the biggest tournaments held in Texas, has historically attracted not only the top teams in the state but also elite programs from across the country. This season, highly regarded Whitney Young ventured down from Chicago, putting in an impressive performance despite losing t to back-to-back Texas state champion Duncanville in the final game, 60-46.