Saturday, June 18, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Georgia's abundance of girls basketball talent in the Class of 2013, with Gwinnett County players leading the way, became evident nationally this week courtesy of ESPN.
The ESPN Hoopgurlz Terrific 25, the nation's 25 best rising juniors, was released for the Class of 2013 and six of the country's 20 best players are from Georgia. Four of those six, including the No. 1 and No. 2 recruits, are Gwinnett standouts.
The scouting service selected Buford's Kaela Davis as its No. 1 overall prospect from the Class of 2013 with Norcross' Diamond DeShields right behind at No. 2. Both players have won two state championships in their first two seasons of high school -- together as Norcross freshmen in 2010 and Davis at Buford and DeShields at Norcross this past season.
Davis has committed to Tennessee and DeShields is uncommitted.
The ESPN list also had North Gwinnett guard Lexie Brown, a Maryland commitment, at No. 13 nationally and Greater Atlanta Christian post Kristina Nelson, also uncommitted, at No. 20. Washington County's Allisha Gray (No. 14) and Lovett's Sydney Umeri (No. 18) also made the top 20.
The crop of 20 players is more impressive considering the Hoopgurlz rankings of the Class of 2011 and 2012 featured just one Georgia prep player in the top 25. The only Georgian on the list of top rising seniors is Buford guard Andraya Carter, a Tennessee commitment ranked 17th in the Class of 2012.
The only Georgia girl in the rankings for the Class of 2011 was Fayette County's Brianna Banks at No. 24.