"I've never had five McDonald's All-Americans (at one time). Wow," stated the Hall of Fame Coach, who no wlies only 2 victories shy of the magical 800 for her career.
Brooklyn Pope, by way of Dunbar HS (Fort Worth, Texas), is ranked as the #1 prospect in the land at her position (Forward) according to the 2008 Scout.com Girls HS Basketball Rankings. April Sykes (Crawford, Miss.), a 30-point per game scorer, comes in just as heralded, having selected Rutgers over numerous offers including SEC heavy weights LSU and Tennessee. Jasmine Dixon, by way of Polytechnic HS (Long Beach, CA), can do a lot of everything and is equally adept on the perimeter as she is handling the ball. Nikki Speed, another 5-star recruit according to Scout.com, was named Adidas Top Ten All-Star MVP. Chelsey Lee by way of Monsignor Pace (Miami, Fl) is known as an athletic, inside presence that was one of the top overall prospects in the sunshine state.
According to HoopGurlz.com, all 5 players are ranked in the top 10 at their position and in the top 50 overall, in the country.
Brooklyn Pope: [see image to the lower right]
April Sykes: [see image to the lower-right]
Big time scorer who has really improved her passing skills from constant double and triple teams. Strong kid with a quick release and range to the three point line. Effortless stroke from deep. Uses size advantage on penetration. Big upside.
Often incredible combination of size, speed and athleticism. At 6-1, can fly with the best of them and has the speed and quickness of point guards. During the summer of '06, she showed an improving perimeter game, which marries perfectly to her ability to attack the rim and finish with authority. Also cranked up her intensity and turned herself into a factor at the defensive end.
Sophomore Season: Averaged 9.5 ppg, 2.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals from Marlborough.