Delaney Kenny (23), Clarkston, calls out a play during girls basketball action against Southfield Lathrup last season. The Northwood-bound Kenny is ranked No. 4 on the Oakland County Top 50 list (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
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GIRLS BASKETBALL: 2012-13 Oakland County Top 50 Players
Holly's Allyssa Copley is one of the best of a fine crop of juniors in the county, and is getting interest from Division I schools. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
Shelby Watts, Waterford Kettering, brings down a rebound during regional basketball action against Southfield Lathrup last spring. Ranked No. 11 on the Oakland County Top 50 list, Watts will try to help the Captains win another KLAA North title. (Special to The Oakland Press/LARRY McKEE)
Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s Asia Doss (20) goes in for an uncontested layup during the first half of the MHSAA Class B regional semifinal against Capac. Ranked No. 15 on the Oakland County Top 50 list, Doss will be one of the most heavily-recruited players in next year's graduating class. (The Oakland Press file photo/KEN SWART)
1. Sydni Davis (5-4), Southfield-Lathrup Sr. G
A transfer from West Bloomfield, Davis is one of the top players in the state, and has committed to play Division I basketball for Stetson University. Uses her speed and quickness to penetrate on offense and harass opposing ballhandlers on defense. Averaged 19 ppg. in leading the Lakers to their first district title since 2003.
2. Sami Stormont (5-8), Royal Oak Sr. G
One of the top scorers in the state, Stormont has already passed the 1,000-point plateau in her career, and holds 14 of the program’s 21 individual statistical records. The first-team Class A all-stater has verbally committed to Division II Northwood University.
3. Shannon Wilson (5-10), Bloomfield Hills Andover Jr. G
The big, strong junior could start at most any position for most teams around, but is best at point guard for the Barons, where she can make everyone on the floor better. Averaged 17 ppg. as a junior, earning honorable mention Class A all-state honors.
4. Delaney Kenny (5-9), Clarkston Sr. G
Starting for her fourth year in a row, Kenny was the unquestioned floor leader of a Clarkston squad that won its first league title in nine seasons last year. The Northwood University commit and honorable mention all-stater averaged 11 ppg. as a junior.
5. Lexie Robak (5-8), Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Sr. G
A first-team Class D all-stater, Robak has won three state titles in her first three years on varsity. Averaged 11.6 ppg./5.6 rpg. as part of a balanced, four-headed offensive monster last season, but should split the lions’ share of the shots with Ava Doetsch this season.
6. Candice Leatherwood (5-6), Farmington Hills Mercy Jr. G
Already in her third year of starting at point guard for the Marlins, the veteran distributor is the leader of a big class of juniors that makes up the core of the squad. Averaged 10.5 ppg. for the CHSL A-B runner-up, earning All-Catholic honors.
7. Kerri McMahan (5-10), Novi Jr. G
A true point guard, McMahan led Novi in nearly every offensive category, and was the driving force behind the Wildcats’ two straight KLAA Central Division titles, and will have to shoulder an even bigger share of the load on a team that welcomes eight new players.
8. Lauren Hung (5-9), Waterford Mott Jr. G
A good jump-shooter who worked on her long-range accuracy in the offseason after winning the state free-throw shooting contest at last year’s finals, her true strength is driving to the basket. Averaged 18.3 ppg. as a sophomore, and is already more than halfway to the 1,000 career point plateau.
9. Allyssa Copley (6-1), Holly Jr. C
The stats may have dipped a touch last year with increased defensive attention, but the star has not dimmed for the Bronchos’ center, who’s getting Division I looks. She does a little bit of everything for Holly, including bringing the ball up against pressure.
10. Kristin Massey (5-5), Novi Franklin Road Christian Jr. G
Crashed her way onto the radar of Division I recruiters after averaging a ridiculous 28 ppg. as a sophomore.
11. Shelby Watts (6-0), Waterford Kettering Sr. C
One of the few younger players to make major contributions to the senior-laden Captains squad that played for a KLAA Association title, and won a regional crown, Watts picked up her play at the end of the season. Is a leader as well an exceptional defender and rebounder.
12. Ava Doetsch (5-6), Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Sr. G
One of four WOLL players to earn all-state recognition in Class D, the honorable mention has always been a defensive stopper for the Lakers, but will get a bigger role in her senior year, as she and her classmates go for state title No. 4.
13. Caitlin Crowley (5-6), Walled Lake Northern Sr. G
An excellent defender as well as distributor and scorer, Crowley averaged 15 ppg. and 4 steals as a junior for the Knights. Will be a captain for a second straight season.
14. Christina Green (6-0), Southfield-Lathrup Sr. C
The Chargers’ most-improved player last season, the Wayne State-bound Green averaged a double-double (12 ppg./10 rpg.). Is very mobile for a post player, and can run the floor, but is also effective on the low blocks, where she can face-up and attack off the dribble.
15. Asia Doss (5-7), Birmingham Detroit Country Day Jr. G
After being a complementary player for the powerhouse Yellowjackets the last two seasons, Doss will get her turn in the spotlight after the team’s massive losses to graduation. Averaged 10 ppg. as a sophomore. Will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the class of 2014.
16. Natalie Voss (6-1), Stoney Creek Jr. C
The Cougars’ third-leading scorer (8 ppg.) last year, she also added 7 rpg. Already the program’s all-time leader in blocked shots after just two seasons, she averaged 3.5 per game last season.
17. Aaron Howell (5-9), Farmington Sr. G/F
The extraordinarily athletic senior — she has a national title in heptathlon to her credit — is an exceptional scorer and defender. She’s on pace to pass the 1,000 career-point plateau this season, as well as break school records for steals, assists, points and rebounds. Will compete in track in college.
18. Marissa Cotton (5-5), Farmington Hills Harrison Sr. G
A fourth-year varsity player who started every game for the Hawks the last two seasons, Cotton was all-conference as a junior, averaging 11 ppg. Can control the temp of a game with the ball in her hands, and shoots well, too.
19. Lauren Voss (5-11), Stoney Creek Jr. G/F
The Cougars’ returning scoring (8 ppg.) and rebounding (8 rpg.) leader, she and sister Natalie Voss will have to combine to fill the huge shoes of graduated all-stater Gabby Yurik.
20. Shelby Davis (5-11), Oxford Sr. F
The all-league performer averaged 12 ppg./7 rpg. as a junior, and has lifted up her game — and her teammates’ games — over the last two seasons
21. Amber Jamison (6-0), Rochester Adams So. C
A very athletic post player who can run the floor and finish, and is just beginning to scratch the surface of her potential.
22. Tierra Binder (5-5), Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood Sr. G
Ranked among the top seniors in the state, the Cranes’ leading scorer will get plenty of chances to show off her wares for potential recruiters as the centerpiece of a young team. Is currently looking at Division III schools to play collegiately.
23. Allie Gorcyca (5-9), Farmington Hills Mercy Jr. G
A lights-out shooter when she’s on, Gorcyca has become a more well-rounded player entering her second varsity season, improving her ballhandling and defense.
24. Zhana Randolph (5-8), Rochester Sr.
A four-year varsity player and three-year starter, Randolph is the best scorer and ballhandler on a Falcons squad that gave everyone fits last season.
25. Sarah LewAllen (5-7), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep Jr. G
The leading returning scorer for the Irish (9 ppg.), LewAllen averaged four steals, assists and rebounds per game. Is a very well-rounded player, and an excellent leader on the point.
26. Erika Davenport (5-9), Clarkston So. F
An athletic slasher who can also shoot and pass well, the younger Davenport has the length to be a key rebounder for the Wolves.
27. Jayla Nichols (5-8), Walled Lake Western So. G
The Warriors’ leading scorer as a freshman, Nichols can shoot well from the outside or post up down low. Moves off the ball this season.
28. Sydney Heath (5-11), Troy Jr. F
Can score inside and out, but was known more as a stopper in her first two varsity seasons, using her long arms and good quickness to shadow opponents.
29. Cortney Williams (6-0), Southfield Jr. F
The Bluejays’ presence in the middle the last two years, as a freshman and sophomore, Williams averaged 7 ppg. and 6 rpg.
30. Charity Godbold (5-6), Southfield Christian Sr. G
After averaging nearly 20 ppg. as a junior, Godbold started off her senior season in style with a triple double (28 points, 13 steals, 10 rebounds) in the opener against Lutheran South.
31. Quinnece Garrison (5-8), Auburn Hills Avondale Sr. G/F
A third-year varsity player, Garrison is fast enough to play on the wing and strong enough to play inside for the Yellowjackets, who will need her leadership and scoring.
32. Dominique Zigo (5-4), Lakeland Jr. G
Moving off the ball this season should help one of the area’s better sharpshooters — and the Eagles’ leading returning scorer (8.9 ppg.) — get more opportunities to do what she does best.
33. Anne Tucker (5-10), Rochester Sr. F
A transfer from Texas before last season, Tucker has the size to operate inside, and the ball skills to play on the perimeter.
34. Micaela Ellis, Ferndale Jr. PG
A three-year varsity player for the Eagles, Ellis averaged 13.5 ppg. and nearly five assists as a sophomore, as the vocal leader of a district-winning Ferndale squad, and already sits just shy of 500 career points.
35. Sabria Cotton (5-8), Southfield-Lathrup Sr. G/F
A transfer from Troy, where she was one of the top two scoring options for the Colts (10 ppg.), Cotton gives the Chargers a player who can operate at any wing position, and can shoot the ball very well.
36. Becky VanSloten (6-0), Auburn Hills Oakland Christian Sr. F
The rebuilding Lancers program needs VanSloten to be unstoppable inside, and at times she is, averaging a double-double (10 ppg./10 rpg.) as a junior.
37. Emilie Kipp (5-11), Lake Orion Sr. F
A third-year starter for the Dragons, Kipp is a strong rebounder and post defender.
38. Gabi Bird (5-11), South Lyon East So. F
Finished her freshman season by averaging 15 ppg./10 rpg. down the stretch, as the Cougars put together their first-ever winning season.
39. Erin Davenport (5-1), Clarkston Sr. G
As a primary ballhandler, the speedy elder Davenport will help the Wolves get out and run the break, and is a good passer, but can also finish on her own.
40. Raiven Owusu (5-11), Rochester Adams Jr. G
The other of the Highlanders’ freshman sensations from a year ago, Owusu can play all five spots offensively, and lock down all five spots on defense. Has worked to improve her offensive game to match her defensive prowess.
41. Kaitlyn Kendall (5-8), North Farmington Sr. G
The second-leading scorer for the Raiders a year ago, the three-sport star will have to continue to score and rebound for a retooling North Farmington squad that doesn’t have much size.
42. Sam Bauer (5-8), Farmington Hills Mercy Jr. G
A third-year varsity player, and an all-league performer last season, Bauer is a sound defender and good rebounder, but has also added to her offensive repertoire.
43. Kheri Motley (5-8), West Bloomfield Jr. G
The physical and aggressive wing player is a four-year starter for the Lakers, and averaged 11 ppg./8 rpg. as a junior.
44. Taylor Steinhelper (5-4), Waterford Kettering Sr. G
An off-and-on starter and key reserve for the Captains the last two years, Steinhelper should grow into a bigger role in her senior season.
45. Suzanne Miller (5-6), Bloomfield Hills Lahser Sr. G
The three-year varsity starter at point guard makes quick decisions that make the Knights go.
46. Angelina Mastromatteo (5-6), Clarkston Everest Collegiate Jr. G
The best player on an Everest team that has dominated its division in the CHSL, the junior is a good ballhandler with a quick release.
47. Carolyn Gracey, Auburn Hills Avondale Sr. G/F
A slasher with a good mid-range jumper, Gracey started every game for Avondale last year, and can change the game in a heartbeat.
48. Nicole Krier (5-6), Lake Orion Jr. G
Called up to varsity midway through her freshman season, Krier was a full-time starter for the Dragons last year, and is a team co-captain this year. Is an excellent ballhandler who can drive to the basket, and can shoot from the outside, as well.
49. Erica Longmire (5-7), Southfield-Lathrup Jr. G
Missed the end of the season with a broken finger, after starting up to that point. An outstanding outside shooter, the lefty is also hard to guard off the dribble, and is a defensive asset.
50. Rachel Rea (5-11), Bloomfield Hills Andover Sr. G
The four-year starter the Barons in 3-point shooting as a junior, finishing second on the team in scoring (12 ppg.).