Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Closing the Book on Class of 2012 - Girls Basketball

Continuing on with part 2 of 3 in our series, 'Closing the Book on Class of 2012'. Next up is girls basketball, which will be followed by boys basketball.

The recruiting rankings have been updated to reflect where each the state's top 25 prospects are now playing their college basketball. We'll take one last look back at this class before removing the rankings for this class from the site. After all, it's a high school sports site and all of these kids are in college now.

The story of this class is that 5 of the top 6 and 6 of the top 8 recruits on the list played AAU for the Rivals Basketball Club. They are Madeline Blais (Marist), Samantha Brenner (Vermont), Amra Elezovic (UMass Lowell), Melissa Frase (UMass Lowell), Kaley Marston (Brandeis) and Ashley Clough (RPI). Blais and Brenner are the only 2 Division I scholarship players from the class, and along with Marston they are also part of the original Lady Rivals elite squad back in 2010.

Blais in particular is one of the top girls basketball prospects to come out of NH in a long time. Girls who are 6-foot-1 simply aren't supposed to be able to shoot the basketball or slash to the rim like she can. Blais, Brenner and Frase (all pictured at top of page) were not only Rivals teammates but they were also teammates at New Hampton, where they played for a star-studded Huskies squad that featured 4 scholarship players (Massachusetts native and fellow Rival Lizzy Ball being the other).

In addition to Blais and Brenner, the other recruit on the list who is now playing Division I college basketball is Julia Winn at Liberty. Winn led Littleton High to the Division IV state title in 2012, as the Crusaders went unbeaten in league play. She is only 5-foot-4 and came from a tiny high school, but she made the team as a walk-on at Liberty - what a great story!

Jane White meanwhile led Souhegan High to back-to-back Division II state titles, and is already making an impact for a Bentley team that is the #2 ranked D-II college team in the country.

Two other local players who will be competing against White in the Northeast-10 Conference are Katie Stopera (Southern Connecticut State) and Lia Nawn (Merrimack). Meanwhile, Megan Hardiman (Slippery Rock) is also playing at the Division II level.

Speaking of AAU temmates, how about that NE Shooting Stars team? Nawn, Jane White, Cailey White (no relation), Rebecca Arnone and Ceara McNamara all played for that team in 2011. Additionally, Clough and Colleen Taylor both also played for that team in 2010 when they won the AAU D-II National Championship. Also on that team was Massachusetts natives Nicole Boudreau (now playing at Boston College) and Katie Vareika (recently committed to Dartmouth).

One other note - McNamara, Jane White and Forrest were all teammates on both of those Souhegan state title teams. New Hampton and Souhegan are the only schools with 3 players on this list.

Without any further ado, here are your final prospect rankings for NH girls basketball players from the Class of 2012. Best of luck to all of these girls at the next level!

1. Madeline Blais 6'1" Guard New Hampton School...Marist College
2. Samantha Brenner 6'3" Forward New Hampton School...University of Vermont
3. Jane White 5'5" Guard Souhegan HS...Bentley University
4. Amra Elezovic 5'11" Guard/Forward Manchester Memorial HS...UMass Lowell
5. Melissa Frase 5'7" Guard New Hampton School...UMass Lowell
6. Kaley Marston 5'6" Guard Tilton School...Brandeis University
7. Katie Stopera 5'8" Guard Hollis-Brookline HS...Southern Connecticut State University
8. Ashley Clough 5'10" Guard/Forward Keene HS...Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
9. Megan Hardiman 5'11" Guard Brewster Academy...Slippery Rock University
10. Lia Nawn 5'9" Guard Trinity HS...Merrimack College
11. Kerry White 5'10" Forward Windham HS...Curry College
12. Ceara McNamara 6'0" Forward Souhegan HS...Brandeis University
13. Tori Forrest 6'0" Forward Souhegan HS...Rhode Island College
14. Rebecca Arnone 5'8" Forward Campbell HS...Wheaton College
15. Colleen Taylor 5'9" Guard/Forward Lebanon HS...Saint Joseph's College of Maine
16. Aviana Morrison 5'6" Guard Winnacunnet HS...Eastern Connecticut State University
17. Julia Winn 5'4" Guard Littleton HS...Liberty University
18. Markey Flewelling 5'7" Guard Portsmouth HS...New England College
19. Jordan Phinney 5'9" Guard/Forward Newfound Regional HS...New Hampshire Technical Institute
20. Bryanna Bennett 6'0" Forward White Mountains Regional HS...Plymouth State University
21. Brittney Page 5'8" Guard Kearsarge Regional HS...Stevenson University
22. Gretchen Anderson 5'9" Guard St. Thomas Aquinas HS...Allegheny College
23. Katelyn Roeser 5'6" Guard Nashua High North...Newbury College
24. Cailey White 5'10" Forward Keene HS...Keene State College
25. Allura Leblanc 5'9" Forward Coe Brown Northwood Academy...New Hampshire Technical Institute

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