Blackman starts season at No. 1 in Super 25 girls preseason basketball rankings

Blackman starts season at No. 1 in Super 25 girls preseason basketball rankings

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Blackman starts season at No. 1 in Super 25 girls preseason basketball rankings

 Blackman’s Crystal Dangerfield was named to the All-State team for Tennessee by USA TODAY.

Blackman’s Crystal Dangerfield is one of two preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA girls basketball  players on No. 1-ranked Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

USA TODAY is releasing its Super 25 preseason girls basketball rankings with teams 1-10. On Wednesday, we released teams 11-25.

1. Blackman, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (34-1)

The scary thing about last season’s Super 25 champions is they return four starters and two subs that saw a lot of minutes. Crystal Dangerfield (14.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.9 steals per game), a 5-5 point guard, is the first junior to commit to Connecticut. Senior guard MeMe Jackson (9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds) has signed with Tennessee. Underneath, 6-1 senior center Alex Johnson (12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds) is a Middle Tennessee State signee and junior Jazz Bond, a 6-4 forward, is a stopper on defense. Sophomore Taylor Freeman and freshman Ja’Leah Goff give the Blaze plenty of depth at point guard.

2. Salesian College Prep, Richmond, Calif. (30-7)

The Pride were the state Open Division runner-up and despite the loss of Louisville signee Mariya Moore, are loaded. Begin with two guards capable of playing the point in senior Kian McNair (10 points, 2 assists) and Minyon Moore, a junior who is Mariya’s younger sister. Jordan Hobson, a 5-10 transfer from St. Mary’s (Stockton) and freshman guard Taimane Lesa-Hardee are expected to contribute right away.

3. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (27-3)

The Monarchs return ALL-USA forward Katie Lou Samuelson (26.3 points, 9.8 rebounds), a 6-4 senior who is headed to Connecticut, along with All-State senior guard Andee Velasco and her twin sister, Bianca, both of whom are headed to Loyola Marymount. Ally Rosenblum, a 6-3 senior forward who was All-Trinity League, is another big returnee.

4. Myers Park, Charlotte (30-1)

With Aliyah Mazyck and Rydeiah Rogers, the Mustangs retain the heart of last season’s 4A state championship team. Mazyck (16 points, 3 assists) a senior point guard, has signed with Southern California. Rogers (15 points, 11 rebounds), a 6-2 center, is headed to North Carolina State. Two other key returnees include Chanin Scott (15 points, 4 steals), a 6-foot junior forward and sophomore guard McKenna Haire (7 points, 2 assists).

5. Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland (23-4)

The Dragons have a solid point guard in Asha Thomas (14.6 points, 7.4 assists), who has signed with Cal. While Thomas comes back from ACL surgery in July, Kansas signee Aisia Robertson can play the point or combo guard and junior Daniella Williams can cause matchup problems with her inside-outside game.

6. Paul VI, Fairfax, Va. (29-5)

The Panthers return four starters, including three seniors from a team that won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. The top returnee is Jonquanae Cole (14 points, 12 rebounds), a 6-4 senior PF who has signed with North Carolina State. Junior point guard Raven James (5 points, 4 assists), a solid outside shooter, has committed to Villanova, guard Kendall Hunter (6 points, 6 rebounds) has committed to Indiana-Purdue and junior guard Jasmine Whitney (9 points, 6 assists) has several Division I offers. Senior guard Kayla Meadow (4 points, 4 assists), freshmen center Lauren Ebo, a 6-4 center and freshman guard Kate Klimkiewicz add depth.

7. Long Island Lutheran, Brookville, N.Y. (23-2)

The Crusaders have won state federation titles in three of the past four years and should contend again with Michigan signee Lauren “Boogie” Brozoski (19.5 points, 6.1 assists, 2.0 steals) leading a strong group of returnees. Nani Redford (12 points), a 5-6 shooting guard is headed to Harvard. Taylor Byrne (10 points, 7 rebounds), a 6-2 power forward, has signed with Seton Hall and Erin Storck, a 5-8 shooting guard, is a Sacred Heart signee. Evelyn Omemmah (5.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks), a 6-foot power forward, is another key returnee.

8. St. Mary’s Stockton, Calif. (25-6)

The Rams were the NorCal Open Division semifinalists and lost only one senior starter. Kat Tudor (13.3 points, 84 three-pointers), a 5-10 junior shooting guard, is getting major offers. Another elite junior is Mi’Cole Cayton (11.5 points, 2.3 assists). Junior Angel Johnson, despite being only 5-8, is strong enough to play any position on the floor. Sophomore 5-6 guard Naje’ Murray and freshman 6-1 forward Aquira DeCosta should contribute right away. Another key player is shooting guard Carlissa Shipp, who has signed with Stanislaus State.

9. Skyline, Dallas (32-7)

The Raiders have five players who have signed with Division I schools, led by 5-9 point guard Alexandria Gulley (13.6 points, 4.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals), who has signed with Baylor and Dai’Ja Thomas (9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.1 steals), a 6-2 center who has signed with SMU. The other Division I signees: 5-11 forward Raven Johnson (Fresno State); 6-1 forward Jordan Alexander (Louisiana Lafayette); and 5-8 guard LaDerica Paul (Missouri-Kansas City.

10. Shabazz, Newark (33-1)

The Bulldogs, who won the state Group 1 title last season and 32 consecutive games, have a mix of talented underclassmen with only two senior starters returning: shooting guard Ivanna Negron and point guard Acestra Robinson. Sophomore Jayla Thornton, who helped lead Newark Tech to the North 2, Group 2 semifinal last season, could play a pivotal role. Freshman forward Danielle Robinson brings a physical style that will fit in well.


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