NO. 17 MATER DEI
Location: Santa Ana, Calif.
Preseason Rank: 17
2017-18 record: 23-6
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: Unranked
If 6-foot-2 five-star guard Brooke Demetre was named to MaxPreps’ All-California third team as a freshman, what strides can she make in year two?
That’ll be the biggest plotline to watch as Mater Dei tries to improve upon its 23-6 season and fight for its spot amongst the best teams in California.
Demetre, who averaged 15.5 points and 5.4 rebounds last year, will once again be a captain next to three-star Cal signee Cailyn Crocker, a senior. The Orange County Register reported that Crocker thinks she’s finally healthy after suffering a myriad of injuries that took an emotional toll as she tries to get back into the shape that made her a college prospect as a seventh grader.
Though the team lost a pair of three-star guards to graduation, the bulk of the team returns with another year of experience. Mater Dei is in position to take a step forward.