UConn, Baylor, Stanford, Duke and Notre Dame would be considered a dream list for just about any high school girls basketball recruit. For Manvel (Texas) junior center Brianna Turner, the ball is in her court.
Last August, Turner helped the USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team win a gold medal. This season, Turner’s consistent 20-plus points per game helped lead the Mavericks to a 33-4 record.
Turner is the focus of this week’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch.
This week’s player: Brianna Turner, Manvel (Texas) center
2012-13 stats: 21.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg and 4 steals per game
Best Games: In a 97-11 win over Pasadena on Jan. 8, Turner posted 26 points to surpass 2,000 points in her career. She anchored her team with 19 points as Manvel defeated Sam Rayburn 78-22 on Feb. 5. During the regional quarterfinal against Clear Springs two weeks later, Turner scored 17 of Manvel's 60 points.
Others’ take: “Brianna’s skills are above any we’ve seen at this level. Regardless of how much you prepare to stop her, her strength and size are very hard to defend. She has the capability of controlling a team, but she is so unselfish, and that amazes me.” — Cinco Ranch (Texas) coach Michelle Morris
Look Out For: Windward (Calif.) Jordin Canada guard, who is considered a top three prospect for the class of 2014. She was dubbed the Los Angeles Times' Freshman Phenom in 2011 and has continued to improve. Canada has played an integral role in shaping Winward’s 30-0 season and the No. 3 spot in the USA TODAY Super 25.