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After the two elite wings, we are starting to see the formation of a 2013 class that is loaded with quality post play but not absent of skilled perimeter-oriented prospects. As we take a look down the line and try to "predict the future," we look at some of the interesting members of our Terrific 25 and compare them to some current or recent women's college-basketball stars.
Taya Reimer of Fishers, Ind., has a chance to be a primary scorer at the next level. Offensively she is multi-faceted and is starting to develop the drive to impose her will on the regular basis. At 6-3 she is polished enough offensively to score the ball from the perimeter when needed adding to her strength, which is her ability to score the ball around the basket. In many ways top basketball prospects are becoming a parallel to the world of technology, once you get excited about your iPad then Steve Jobs shows up and breaks out iPad 2. Reimer has a mix to her game that compares favorably to a Marrisa Coleman or even a talent like Cierra Burdick. As she continues to mature and hopefully realize her potential harvesting some of the swagger that both Coleman and Burdick have in their game could allow her to continue to grow her confidence as she could surely become the Super Four version 2.0.
Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, AR/ Hall) has star power as well. As one of the better athletes in the class, Scaife is an outstanding scorer with the potential to create match-up nightmares at the college level. She has the talent to get to the rim and understands how to beat not only the primary defender, but also avoid the secondary defender when attacking the basket. In a lot of ways Scaife's one on one ability is reminiscent of a young Andrea Riley or a taller Shannon Bobbitt in that her offense will make her a major factor at the college level. Both, Riley and Bobbitt struggled at times when asked to run a team and sacrifice their offense during their collegiate careers, can Scaife become the exception.
Jannah Tucker of Randalstown, Md., has the tools to be a special college player. At 6-1 she is physically gifted with size and strength through her frame. Offensively her perimeter skills are sound as she has the ability to play all three perimeter positions and create major matchup issues for opposing teams. In many ways Tucker has a similar feel to her game as current University of North Carolina standout Krista Gross, even though Tucker might be a more polished offensive talent at this point in her career.
In many ways, Alexis Brown, a Florida transplant now calling Suwanee, Ga., home, dispels the notion that physical ability populates the elite at the top of the recruiting class. At first glance it is easy to take note of everything she is not -- she's not the fastest, not the tallest, nor the strongest, but her time in the national spotlight has proven that window-shopping can be a major mistake. At 5-8, Brown has a Candace Wiggins-like feel to her game with one of the few differences between the two being Brown's comfort level at the point versus Wiggins feel for scoring on the wing. While both are capable combo guards they differ slightly in style. Although, like Wiggins Brown, has shown a similar big game, big performance ability through her first years of prep basketball.
Briana Day of Durham, N.C., is an athletic post player with a long wiry frame. Unlike most traditional centers, Day has a slender frame and narrow shoulders. In many ways the University of North Carolina commit physically could put you in the mold of a Jacinta Monroe, while her game, which is most comfortable in the offensive role of a true center, may put you in the mind of a Michelle Snow as both possessed great athleticism for their position and have the ability to play the role of primary post scorer at the college level.
Miami's Iesha Small is a smooth guard with tremendous size. Small has a solid comfort level with the ball in her hands and could project as a point guard at the college level, but might create more matchup problems on the wing if she can continue to develop more confidence in her offensive game. Small compares favorably with the likes of Essence Carson in that both are skilled wings who can handle and score the basketball. Unlike Carson, Small seems to be more comfortable playing the role of distributor then scorer but has shown the ability to do both well.
Erica McCall of Bakersfield, Calif., is a long, wiry, and athletic power forward who leaves you making connections between the likes of Camille Little or Delisha Milton Jones as she has a tireless worker who just finds ways to make a positive impact on the game. McCall's counterpart of sorts is Atlanta's Sydney Umeri as both seem to have similar games on different sides of the country. Umeri might be the more skilled of the two while, McCall on the other hand might be the better pure athlete. Umeri's game parallels that of Amber Gray when she was in high school as Gray had the versatility to do a number of things well on the basketball court but may have lacked the elite translatable skill that would separate her at the college level. Both Umeri and McCall have the ability to offer a versatile set of skills to a college program and if they can create a niche as one of the best rebounders or midrange jump shooters in the country could find themselves on the other end of comparisons years down the road.
Ronni Williams of Orlando, Fla., has the potential to be a match-up monster on the collegiate level. She is long, wiry, and athletic and at this point in her development shows the potential to be effective at the three or the four depending on match ups. As a prospect she shares athletic similarities with the likes of a Kaleena Green, but could also develop into an athletic four player in the mold of a Porsha Phillips.
Depending on whom you ask the class of 2013 is either young and still finding its way, or starting to make its mark on the national landscape. Either way you look at it, the reality is these players have two more years of prep basketball left under their belts. Potential is only enticing for so long until, at some point, you start to wonder what could have been.
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Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.