We continue our new Fall Player Rankings with our next release – the 2017 Class Fall Player Rankings for girls in the state of Arizona. This class is very talented – led by some really talented girls prospects in the state that are high-major division-I college prospects, with many other prospects that will reach some level of college basketball. The 2017 class for girls in the state is still developing, but many prospects in the state have already emerged as nice college prospects.
Leading the way for the class is Valley Vista High School's talented and impressive 6-foot-2 junior post Kiara Edwards. Edwards is one of the elite-level prospects in the state of Arizona, regardless of class. Edwards gained valuable experience over the past two spring and summers while playing on the club circuit with nationally ranked West Coast Premier, a Nike EYBL team and one of the most successful club programs in the country.
As a mere freshman and as a varsity starter, Edwards averaged nice numbers - 12 points and 10 rebounds per/game. She returned as a sophomore to post almost identical numbers - 12.6 points and 9.8 rebounds. These numbers should will only get much better over time as she matures. Look for her numbers to improve a great deal this high school season, as Edwards already possesses a division-I college-ready body and will only continue to develop.
Edwards is a very nice looking young post prospect with excellent physical size and loads of potential for the future. She is a glaring young talent with good overall fundamentals and a strong presence on the court. An excellent rebounder, especially on the offensive end where she takes up space inside the paint and is able to get nice put-backs for her team. She also runs the floor very well for her size and is a very good finisher already. Gets very good low post position and has an excellent drop step inside the paint. She has very good footwork. A good mid-range shooter with a soft touch.
Edwards is a big-time prospect that already has garnered numerous division-I offers. She is an elite high major division-I prospect.
Gilbert Christian High School’s skilled and superb 5-foot-7 junior point guard Lauryn Satterwhite checks in at our #2 spot, but is just as talented and gifted a prospect as our top prospect. Satterwhite is a big-time scorer, and is able to create scoring opportunities for herself or others off the dribble.
Satterwhite is a crafty and skilled left-hander with a nice shooting stroke and a very good feel for the game. She is a very good ball handler and is able to make plays for herself off the dribble. A good passer as well with good court vision, Satterwhite is a very talented prospect with loads of potential. Also a good defender that should develop a great deal in this area over time. Satterwhite is the younger sister of top-rated boy’s basketball prospect Cameron Satterwhite (Loyola-Chicago signee).
Seton Catholic's talented junior trio of 6-foot-1 junior post Jennifer Wirth, 6-foot-3 junior post LeeAnne Wirth and 5-foot-7 junior guard Liz Holter is the best of it's kind in the state, as each prospect is very gifted and will make Seton Catholic HS very tough to beat for another two seasons of high school basketball. Each are division-I prospects. This gifted trio led Seton Catholic to an impressive season last year - posting a 29-6 overall record last season, before falling just short winning last year's Division-II state championship.
Fairfax HS 6-foot-2 junior Jenise Strover is a superb talent is is among the top individual scorers in the state. She had strong numbers last season - averaging 15.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 3.6 blocks per/game. She helped to make Fairfax among the top programs in the state as well, as the team finished with a 21-9 overall record last season. Strover is among the most versatile prospects in the state and is a top-rated college prospect.
Other top-rated prospects in the class that have the potential to play serious college basketball over time also include 6-foot junior forward Megan Timmer (Valley Christian HS), 6-foot-1 junior post Leilani Peat (Corona Del Sol HS), 5-foot-10 junior forward Diamond Fuller (Mesa HS), 5-foot-8 junior combo-guard Elizabeth Newman (Scottsdale Prepatory Academy) and talented 6-foot-3 junior post Maya Banks (Hamilton HS).
Here are our Fall Player Rankings for the girl’s 2017 class in Arizona. While we have not seen everyone among the class in the state, these individuals have proven to be the best at this point in time.
Arizona Preps 2017 Class Girls Fall Player Rankings (In Ranking Order)
1.Kiara Edwards 6-2 JR PF Valley Vista HS (Surprise, AZ)
2. Lauryn Satterwhite 5-7 JR PG Gilbert Christian HS (Gilbert, AZ)
3. Jennifer Wirth 6-1 JR SG/SF Seton Catholic HS (Chandler, AZ)
4. Jenise Strover 6-2 JR C Fairfax HS (Laveen, AZ)
5. LeeAnne Wirth 6-3 JR PF/C Seton Catholic HS (Chandler, AZ)
6. Liz Holter 5-8 JR PG Seton Catholic HS (Chandler, AZ)
7. Megan Timmer 6-0 JR PF Valley Christian HS (Chandler, AZ)
8. Leilani Peat 6-1 JR PF/C Corona Del Sol HS (Tempe, AZ)
9. Diamond Fuller 5-10 JR SF/PF Mesa HS (Mesa, AZ)
10. Elizabeth Newman 5-8 JR PG/SG Scottsdale Prepatory Academy (Scottsdale, AZ)
11. Maya Banks 6-3 JR C Hamilton HS (Chandler, AZ)
12. Kelsey Siemons 6-0 JR C Catalina Foothills HS (Tucson, AZ)
13. Larissa Rocha 5-8 JR PG/SG Rincon HS (Tucson, AZ)
14. Crystal Haase 5-5 JR PG Safford HS (Safford, AZ)
15. Melody Medlock 5-6 JR PG Moon Valley HS (Phoenix, AZ)
16. Kiara Goseyun 5-4 JR PG Fort Thomas HS (Fort Thomas, AZ)
17. Abbey Jensen 6-1 JR C Yuma Kofa HS (Yuma, AZ)
18. Savannah Anderson 5-10 JR PG/SG Casa Grande HS (Casa Grande, AZ)
19. Tessa Kowalski 5-6 JR PG Gilbert HS (Gilbert, AZ)
20. Nichelle Laffoon 5-10 JR SF North HS (Phoenix, AZ)
21. Bethany Wolph 5-6 JR PG Valley Christian HS (Chandler, AZ)
22. Araceli Loya 5-6 JR PG/SG Pueblo HS (Tucson, AZ)
23. Lexi Ramirez 5-7 JR PG/SG Shadow Mountain HS (Phoenix, AZ)
24. Karissa Rodriguez 5-6 JR SG Sunnyslope HS (Phoenix, AZ)
25. Allie Sluga 5-10 JR PF Phoenix Christian HS (Phoenix, AZ)
26. Amy Mazanec 5-7 JR PG Cactus Shadows HS (Cave Creek, AZ)
27. Ashley Bliss 5-7 JR SG Phoenix Christian HS (Phoenix, AZ)
28. Emily Henderson 5-6 JR PG Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, AZ)
29. Danielle Cassady 5-6 JR PG Ironwood HS (Glendale, AZ)
30. Jenay Bojorquez 5-6 JR PG/SG Sierra Linda HS (Phoenix, AZ)
Best of the Rest
Tyra Euell-Long 5-4 JR PG Moon Valley HS (Phoenix, AZ); Ariana Sanders 5-8 JR PG/SG Paradise Valley HS (Phoenix, AZ); Cassidy Torrey 5-5 JR PG/SG Morenci HS (Morenci, AZ); JJ Nakai 5-4 JR PG Coconino HS (Flagstaff, AZ); Isabel Wilson 5-6 JR SF Amphitheater HS (Tucson, AZ); Hannah Ringel 5-8 JR PF Red Rock HS (Sedona, AZ); Brenna Murray JR St. David HS (St. David, AZ); Perry Ellis 5-3 JR PG Shadow Mountain HS (Phoenix, AZ); Jacqueline Iafrate 5-2 JR PG Scottsdale Christian Academy (Scottsdale, AZ); Alexis Sports 5-7 JR SG Verrado HS (Buckeye, AZ); Tierney DeDonatis 5-3 JR PG Ironwood HS (Glendale, AZ); Elena Arriaga JR Sahuaro HS (Tucson, AZ); Raja Davis 5-8 JR SG/SF Catalina HS (Tucson, AZ); Bree Olson 5-7 JR Pusch Ridge Christian Academy (Tucson, AZ); Sierra Gallego JR Valley Vista HS (Surprise, AZ); Megan Smith 5-7 JR SG Liberty HS (Peoria, AZ); Cheyenne Lee JR Sierra Linda HS (Phoenix, AZ); Brielle McKinney JR Tempe Prep HS (Tempe, AZ); Rebecca Whipple JR Mogollon HS (Heber, AZ); Courtney Colleary 5-7 JR SG Hamilton HS (Chandler, AZ); Malory Vivola 5-9 JR SG Boulder Creek HS (Anthem, AZ); Sydney Chavez 5-8 JR SG/SF Bourgade Catholic HS (Phoenix, AZ)
Fall Player Ranking Notes: Our player rankings have been determined by a body of work from each student-athlete. Each player’s body of work consisted of performances throughout the high school season, and also performances throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. A top performance throughout the high school season impacts a player’s ranking a great deal. A student-athlete’s performance throughout the fall, spring and summer will have an even bigger impact, since our staff is able to observe Arizona players in competition against much better local, regional and national competition. The complete body of work has been taken into consideration for each of our player rankings. Player rankings are based on a particular student-athlete’s ability to play the game of basketball – not academic performance, although a player can help him or herself if he/she is an excellent student. Rankings are done to help aid college coaches in their ability to identify the top student-athletes by position and class in the state. These rankings are forwarded to college coaches at every level throughout the country. Rankings will be updated throughout the year.