All-State Women BB_ Better of the Greatest 2023

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G – Makiah Asidanya (Salesian, Richmond) 5-7, Sr.

After making Third Crew Elite as a junior when Salesian gained the CIF Division I state championship, the highest participant of this 12 months’s CIF Northern Regional Open Division runner-up and last expanded No. 6 ranked Pleasure will get a spot on the First Crew Elite for this previous season. Salesian had six ladies who averaged over six factors a sport however just one was in double-figures, and that was the North Carolina-Greensboro-bound Asidanya at 14.2 factors per sport. She was additionally the staff’s third-leading rebounder from the guard spot at 5.3 boards per contest. She was the one Salesian participant in double-figure scoring with 11 in a grind-it-out upset over top-seeded Piedmont within the NorCal Open quarterfinals. On the highway within the opener at Folsom because the No. 5 seed within the five-team NorCal Open area, Asidanya took the sport in her palms in a 76-70 double extra time victory. She acquired to the free-throw line sufficient instances to make 15 and completed with a huge-double-double 27 factors and 14 rebounds with two assists and two steals. In a 64-62 victory over state-ranked Acalanes (Lafayette) within the title sport of the Diamond Division of the West Coast Jamboree, Makiah hit the sport winner and completed with 24 factors. Within the first assembly with Piedmont in mid-January, Asidanya saved the Pleasure within the sport and completed with 25 factors, 9 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The State Freshman of the 12 months in 2020 hasn’t repeated as a category winner however she is in uncommon firm as a four-time All State Elite First Crew choice. The Arizona-bound McDonald’s and Naismith All-American choice averaged a double-double for the fourth-straight season after averaging 18.4 factors and 10.3 rebounds a sport, plus 2.7 blocks, 1.9 steals and 1.2 assists every contest. Together with teammate and fellow Arizona-commit Jada Williams, the pair fashioned one of many high inside-outside mixtures within the state, and whereas it resulted in a 29-4 document final season and a CIF San Diego Part Open Division title, her profession was ended within the CIF Southern Regional Open Division by eventual state champion Etiwanda in a 47-42 loss. For her four-year profession, Cunningham averaged 17.8 rebounds and 11.1 rebounds a sport, and that interprets into 1,888 profession factors and 1,180 profession rebounds regardless of solely enjoying 16 video games as a sophomore within the pandemic-shortened 2021 season. Cunningham by no means made it to state championship though as a freshman in 2020 her staff gained the Southern Regional Open Division and was poised to play for a state championship the place they had been favored over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, however lower than two days earlier than the sport was to be performed the CIF cancelled the state championships because of the pandemic starting.

G – Addison “Addie” Deal (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-0, Soph.

When Addie transferred from Pacifica Christian (Newport Seaside) to Mater Dei after her freshman season, everybody knew Deal was “the actual deal” after she led Pacifica Christian to a 26-6 document and the second spherical of the CIF Southern Regional Division II playoffs whereas averaging team-highs of 21.4 factors, 5.4 assists and three.9 steals a sport, and was second with 6.8 rebounds a contest. For her efforts Deal was named First Crew All State Freshman and was thought of together with winner Aliyahna “Puff” Morris for State Freshman of the 12 months honors. Women basketball analysts weren’t positive how her expertise would translate to Mater Dei but it surely did, and large time. Now, she will get to hitch Morris as the one two sophomores to be chosen All State First Crew Elite, and as soon as once more she completed because the runner-up for State Sophomore of the 12 months. All Deal did was lead 29-4 and the ultimate expanded No. 5 ranked Monarchs in scoring at 15.0 factors per sport. She was second in rebounding at 5.3 a contest and likewise added 2.7 steals and a pair of.0 assists per sport, plus she related on 57 three-pointers. Within the one sport we noticed Deal, she tied for staff excessive 17 factors in a 62-50 victory over state-ranked Sage Hill of Newport Seaside at theMater Dei Matt Denning Hoops Basic.

W – Jordan Lee (St. Mary’s, Stockton) 6-0, Jr.

The Rams’ junior sensation was a close to miss final season as an All State first 30 choice, though Lee did garner All State Underclass First Crew honors. This 12 months she goes all the way in which to the top of the category and lands a First Crew Elite spot. After scoring 30 factors in opposition to Oakland Tech in a 74-57 victory within the Platinum Division of the West Coast Jamboree, after which 26 factors two weeks later in opposition to Oakland Tech in a 65-52 victory, she couldn’t get it achieved single-handedly within the third assembly regardless of going for a career-high 47 factors within the Rams 82-71 loss to Tech within the CIF Northern Regional Division I title sport. Within the championship sport of the Jamboree’s Platinum Division and in a 56-46 loss to top-ranked Open Division champion Etiwanda, and in a sport the place the staff was in shellshock after senior star Nia Anderson went down with a season-ending knee damage, Lee held St. Mary’s within the sport and completed with 23 factors, six rebounds and 4 steals. The 5-Star ESPN rated recruit that will get a 96 scouts grade averaged 20.1 factors, 7.4 rebounds 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per sport final season and made 42 three-pointers. Regardless of a freshman season shortened to eight video games by COVID, Lee has 1,376 profession factors and if she has one other season like this one she ought to crack the two,000 profession factors mark. Lee at present has a number of dozen affords and just lately picked one up from South Carolina. Different high colleges providing embrace Stanford, Cal, Duke, Texas, UCLA and North Carolina.

G – Aliyahna “Puff” Morris (Etiwanda) 5-5, Soph.

Since we did the write-up for “Puff” Morris when she was named State Sophomore of the 12 months after snagging State Freshman of the 12 months the earlier season, she has gotten her first two big-time affords from Michigan and California, with many extra to comply with. Morris is one among solely two sophomores together with Addie Deal of Mater Dei to be named All State First Crew Elite and now makes the soar up from being Third Crew Elite as a freshman. With it she will get to hitch teammate Kennedy Smith as two gamers from the CIF Open Division state champions on First Crew Elite. There have been numerous sophomores that had larger numbers than Morris, however she was the purpose guard on the state’s high staff and one of many nation’s high groups that performed a grueling schedule. Even so, Morris was nonetheless the second-leading scorer on the staff behind Smith, and on a 32-3 staff with 4 scorers averaging 10 factors a sport or higher. For the season she averaged 17.3 factors and three.8 rebounds per sport, and led the staff with 4.7 assists and a pair of.6 steals a sport as properly. Puff had 14 factors, six rebounds and 4 assists within the buzzer-beating 69-67 state title-game victory over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, however in that sport similar to all season, Morris was the Etiwanda flooring common on offense and a stable defender who was instrumental within the numerous presses Etiwanda head coach and 2023 State Coach of the 12 months Stan Delus likes to unleash.

W – Mackenly Randolph (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-0, Jr.

After being named All State Elite Second Crew as a sophomore and being the runner-up to Kennedy Smith for State Sophomore of the 12 months, Randolph, the daughter of former NBA all star Zach Randolph, now joins teammate and Ms. Basketball Juju Watkins in addition to Smith as a First Crew Elite choice. For the second-straight 12 months, Randolph was additionally the runner-up to Smith for State Junior of the 12 months honors. On the season for the 31-1 Trailblazers, MacKenly averaged a double-double 16.9 factors and 10.6 rebounds per sport. She had 24 factors and 14 rebounds in a win over Los Angeles Marlborough, and 31 factors and 11 rebounds in a 69-56 win over Harvard-Westlake, each when Watkins was nursing an ankle. Towards nationally-ranked Sidwell Pals of Washington D.C., Randolph went for a double-double 22 factors and 14 rebounds. In a lopsided win over perennial Nevada energy Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas on the Tarkanian Basic, Randolph went for 18 factors and 26 rebounds, and final however not least, in a 65-51 victory over Southern Regional Division II champion Bonita Vista of Chula Vista, Mackenly hammered residence a huge-double-double 27 factors and 27 rebounds.

The State Freshman and Sophomore of the 12 months winner repeated this 12 months when she snagged the State Junior of the 12 months honors. It’s additionally a second-straight All State First Crew Elite choice for Smith, who was with out query the Ms. Basketball runner-up to Juju Watkins of Sierra Canyon. The one different two gamers previously 15 years to win class honors of their first three years had been Katie Lou Samuelson, at Edison (Huntington Seaside) in 2012 as a freshman, and at Mater Dei of Santa Ana in her sophomore and junior years of 2013 and 2014, and all-time main scorer Future Littleton from 2014-2016 at Bishop’s of La Jolla. Etiwanda had numerous expertise however Smith was unquestionably the highest participant on an Eagles’ staff that went 32-3 and gained its first ever state championship after they tripped Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) on the buzzer, 69-67 within the CIF Open Division state championship sport on the Golden 1 Middle in Sacramento. The versatile however powerfully-built Smith, who just about can play any place on the ground, completed with an enormous double-double and sport highs of 30 factors and 13 rebounds, and a game-high six steals. Plus, she was 9-of-9 from the free-throw line, and the one three-pointer she made was together with her foot on the NBA three-point arc. On the season, Kennedy averaged 24.6 factors, 9.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.5 steals and a pair of.2 blocks per sport. Smith, an ESPN 5-Star recruit, already has a ton of affords. Among the many high colleges which have provided are South Carolina, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Cal, Duke and Louisville.

G – Juju Watkins (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) 6-0, Sr.

Watkins couldn’t duplicate issues this season by serving to deliver a second straight CIF Open Division state championship to Sierra Canyon, however she did assist the Trailblazers to a 31-1 document, a CIF Southern Part Open Division championship, and he or she repeated because the Ms. Basketball State Participant of the 12 months with the one actual competitors from Kennedy Smith of Etiwanda. Watkins is the primary back-to-back Ms. Basketball winner in over 20 years, the final being one of highschool, faculty {and professional} high superstars Diana Taurasi, the 1999 and 2000 honoree, with many longtime ladies basketball analysts agreeing that Watkins is probably the most dominant ladies highschool participant to come back alongside since Taurasi. Moreover the Ms. Basketball honor, Watkins has a protracted record of further awards. The USC-bound Watkins is the No. 1 recruit within the Class of 2023 in line with ESPN. One other prestigious honor for Juju is being named the 2023 Naismith Excessive College Participant of the 12 months. For the season Juju averaged 27.3 factors, 13.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a pair of.4 steals per sport, and he or she shot 85.7 p.c from the free-throw line and slightly below 40-percent on three pointers with 55 made. Watkins posted 15 double-doubles and whereas her season excessive of 23 rebounds on two events doesn’t make the Cal-Hello Sports activities On-line File E-book, her season and profession excessive 60 factors with 21 rebounds in a late January win over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks will take its place on the Most Factors (Recreation) record within the document e book.

The Torreys, who completed No. 4 within the last expanded rankings, have two gamers on the All State Elite First Crew similar to Etiwanda and Sierra Canyon, and the result’s the Arizona-bound Williams joins fellow Arizona-committed Breya Cunningham as a First Crew Elite honoree and strikes up after garnering a Second Crew Elite choice as a junior after transferring west from Missouri following her sophomore season. Williams, an ESPN 5-Star rated level guard, who like Cunningham was a McDonald’s and Naismith All-American, initially transferred to Nation Day after committing to UCLA, however determined to change and be a part of Cunningham at Arizona. Final season for the 29-4 Torreys, Williams was second on the staff to Cunningham in scoring at 13.1 factors per sport, she led the staff in assists and steals at 4.7 and a pair of.3 per sport respectively, and was third with 4.3 rebounds a contest. Williams additionally led the Torreys with 63 made three-pointers, and he or she shot 90 p.c from the charity stripe making 57 of 63 free throws.

C – McKenna Woliczko (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 6-2, Fr.

It isn’t usually {that a} freshman snags one of many 10 spots on the All State Elite First Crew, however there’s little query the Monarchs’ two-sport star shouldn’t be solely greater than deserving, she’s most likely not simply within the high 10, however the high 5 within the state this 12 months. The State Freshman of the 12 months runs the court docket like a gazelle, is near having the ability to dunk, and amongst her many accolades is she is the primary freshman to ever be named each the San Francisco Chronicle All Metro and Bay Space Information Group Participant of the 12 months. One other one we’ll add is that she’s simply been listed as our NorCal Participant of the 12 months for an inventory that goes again to the Seventies. With Connecticut-committed junior standout Morgan Cheli lacking 17 video games for Mitty, numerous the load fell on Woliczko and he or she performed with poise past her years. On the season Woliczko averaged 20.4 factors and 10.2 rebounds per sport. She shot 62 p.c from the sector, and a part of that’s in contrast to numerous gamers these days, McKenna likes to make use of the glass. Her numbers got here on a staff that completed 28-3 and was the CIF Northern Regional Open Division champion. In her last two video games, an 86-49 victory over Salesian (Richmond) within the NorCal Open title sport, and a buzzer-beating heartbreaking 69-67 loss to Etiwanda within the Open Division state championship, Woliczko had two double-doubles, 29 factors and 21 rebounds, and 18 factors and 11 rebounds, respectively. Two issues which might be scary concerning the woman they name “McDub” is she isn’t near her full potential that already has garnered her affords from Stanford, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, UCLA, California, Arizona, and lots of extra, together with Pacific, the alma mater of her mother and father. McKenna is also at present starring on a Mitty softball staff that has been ranked high 10 within the state. Be aware: See finish of second & third staff writeups for particular point out concerning a distinct Mitty participant.

Harold Abend is the affiliate editor of and the vp of the California Prep Sportswriters Affiliation. He will be reached at Don’t overlook to comply with him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend

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