NO. 20 MCKINLEY
Location: Canton, Ohio
Preseason Rank: 20
2017-18 record: 15-2
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: Unranked
Five-star Kierstan Bell, the reigning Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year, is back with a letter of intent signed to Ohio State. According to ESPNW, Bell has been nicknamed “She-Bron” by some Ohio basketball fans, and based on the stats, it’s not hard to see what draws fans to her.
She put up 33.4 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and – while it’s hard to say this is more impressive than the points average, it’s in the same neighborhood of a ‘wow’ factor – 5.1 steals per game, ESPN reported.
Outside Bell, the team looks to be returning the bulk of its roster. While five players graduated, McKinley is returning players including guard Nakyah Terrell, who was on the varsity roster as a freshman and now has a year of experience under her belt; guard Kyara Lucuis, who served as a captain in her junior season; and three forwards between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10.
While size might be an issue – no player returning who was listed on last year’s roster is taller than 6-feet on the dot – with Bell on the team, McKinley can match up with anyone in Ohio.