NO. 22 DUNCANVILLE
Location: Duncanville, Texas
Preseason Rank: 22
2017-18 record: 39-2
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: Not Ranked
Last season’s loss to Plano (Texas) in a 6A regional semifinal was somewhat of an aberration for the Panthers, who won back-to-back state titles in 2015-16 finished in the Top 10 of the Super 25 three straight years from 2014-16, including a No. 1 finish in the 2015-16 season.
The Panthers have been a consistent mainstay in the Lone Star State and beyond for much of this past decade, and we may be gearing up for another long run with their wealth of nationally-ranked underclassmen talent.
They graduate four of the top five scorers from last season, including current Kansas freshman Zarielle Green. But in their place are 6-foot-4 junior center Hannah Gusters, 5-foot-8 junior point guard Deja Kelly, and 5-foot-8 sophomore guard Nyah Wilson, all of whom are ranked No. 22 or better nationally in their class by ESPN HoopGurlz. The Panthers were especially stingy on the perimeter (12.6 steals per game) and on the boards (34.4 rebounds), and that figures to be a hallmark once again.