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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Oakland County Girls Basketball Preview -- Top 25 Players

1. Sydni Davis - Southfield-Lathrup
Arguably the most complete player that Oakland County has to offer, the transfer from West Bloomfield will give the Chargers yet another weapon to use this winter. Davis averaged nearly 20 points per game last season as a junior, making her one of the most dangerous guards in the state and is also one of the top defensive players in the area.

2. Sami Stormont - Royal Oak
Stormont can flat out score the basketball. Plain and simple. Averaging over 22 points per game and over nine rebounds per contest as a junior last season, Stormont earned first team all-state honors in Class A. Having already scored over 1,000 points in her high school career in just three years and tallying over 40 double-doubles, Stormont will once again be one of the state's most prolific scorers this winter.

3. Shannon Wilson - Bloomfield Hills Andover
One of Oakland County's best inside-outside players, Wilson is dangerous from anywhere on the court. Averaging 17 points per game last season, Wilson was one of the biggest scoring threats around at the guard position with her ability to shoot and drive to the basket, but can also be just as effective inside.

4.  Lexie Robak - Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
Named to the first team all-state Class D squad as a junior last year, Robak finished off the 2011-12 season averaging over 10 points and five rebounds per game, while helping the Lakers take home their third consecutive state title. Look for Robak to be one of the top scorers and defenders in Class D once again this winter, as Lakes will look to make it four straight state titles.

5. Delaney Kenny - Clarkston
Kenny has been a starter for the Wolves dating back to her freshman season and will once again be one of the top guards in the area this winter. Last season, Kenny averaged over 10 points per contest on her way to being named honorable mention on the Class A all-state squad as a junior.

6. Candace Leatherwood - Farmington Hills Mercy
Yet another versatile guard, Leatherwood showed last year that she can be one of the best around when it comes to scoring the ball, or passing. With a team filled with shooters, Leatherwood will have plenty of options to pass, but will have just as many opportunities to score as well.

7. Asia Doss - Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Doss flew under the radar for much of the year last season, because of the star power the Yellowjackets had, but now the junior will be right at the center for Country Day. Doss, already considered as one of the top college prospects in the class of 2014 after pouring in 10 points per game in her sophomore campaign.

8. Ava Doetsch - Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
One of the top point guards in the area this winter, Doetsch will be racking up the assists all season long, but is just as dangerous of a scorer and defender for the Lakers. Doetsch and Robak will make for one of, if not the best back court duo in Oakland County this year.

9. Alyssa Copley - Holly
One of the best inside forces there are, Copley was one of the top rebounders and shot blockers in Oakland County as a sophomore last season. Look for more of the same on that end and Copley could emerge as one of the top inside scorers as well this winter.

10. Natalie Voss/Lauren Voss - Stoney Creek
One of the best 1-2 punches you will find, as both have proved to be legit inside forces, averaging just under 10 points and 10 rebounds per game last year as sophomores. Natalie also proved to be one of the more dangerous shot blockers in Oakland, while Lauren showed last year and early this year that she can be the latest sharpshooter to play for the Cougars.

11. Kerri McMahan -  Novi
McMahan will be one of the top distributors in the area entering this season, but will do her fair share of scoring as she will be one of just a few returning players for the Wildcats this winter.

12. Amber Jamison - Rochester Adams
Jamison might have had her "breakout game" on Friday night with a 19 point, 16 rebound and five block effort. The sophomore will likely be one of the top inside players in the county for the next three years.

13.  Christina Green - Southfield-Lathrup
Another dominant inside force, Green will give the Chargers a strong post player to go along with Davis on the outside. Green will be one of the area's best rebounders and shot blockers this winter.

14. Shelby Watts - Waterford Kettering
Keeping with the trend of post players, Watts will be the leader of what will be a young and inexperienced Kettering squad. Look for Watts to be one of the top shot blockers and rebounders in the KLAA next season as Kettering will look to win another North division title.

15. Lauren Hung - Waterford Mott
Hung can flat out shoot the ball. One of the best pure jump shooters in the area, Hung averaged nearly 20 points per game last year and has over 1,000 points in her high school career already.

16. Kristin Massey - Novi Franklin Road Christian 
Massey is one of the unknown stars in Oakland County as she averaged nearly 30 points per contest last season as a sophomore. It will be interesting to see how many more points she will score in the next two seasons.

17. Raiven Owusu - Rochester Adams
The second half of the sophomore twin towers for the Highlanders, Owusu also had a bit of a breakout in the first week of the season, scoring 37 points in two games and is also a good distributor at guard and is a good rebounder as well.

18. Caitlin Crowley - Walled Lake Northern
Crowley is another Oakland County guard who can score in a number of ways. Crowley averaged 15 points per game last season as a junior and is a very good shooter, but can also score inside as well.

19. Aaron Howell - Farmington
Howell is one of the top all-around players in Oakland Count because of her ability to both score the ball and defend. Look for Howell to have a big year in a number of ways for the Falcons.

20. Allie Gorcyca - Farmington Hills Mercy
Gorcyca might be the best shooter in Oakland County, and possibly the state. Regardless of where she is on the court, she can knock down shots from just about anywhere, giving the Marlins a dangerous 1-2 punch between Gorcyca and Leatherwood.

21. Charity Godbold - Southfield Christian
Another multi-dimensional player who can flat-out score, Godbold averaged over 20 points per game as a sophomore last season and could be well on her way to matching that this year after tallying a triple-double in the season opener.

22. Marissa Cotton - Farmington Hills Harrison
Cotton will be one of the constant contributors for the Hawks for a third straight season. Having not missed a game in the past two seasons, Cotton averaged more than 10 points per game last year and should be ready for a big year this winter.

23. Shelby Davis - Oxford
Davis will be one of the better inside-outside players around this winter, with her ability to both rebound and shoot. Last year, Davis nearly averaged a double-double as a junior, and you can expect more of the same this year.

24. Sarah LewAllen - Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
LewAllen did a little bit of everything for the Irish last year, averaging nine points per game, while also picking up her fair share of rebounds, assists and steals. This year could be a breakout year for the junior who is the top returning scorer for Notre Dame Prep.

25. Erika Davenport/Erin Davenport - Clarkston
One of the best inside-outside sister combinations that there is in the state. Erika is one of the best post players that Oakland County has to offer with her rebounding, shot blocking and scoring ability, while Erin is one of the top point guards around with her ability to pass and score.

15 More to keep an eye on this winter (No Order)
Tierra Binder - Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood
Zhana Randolph - Rochester
Jayla Nichols - Walled Lake Western
Sydney Heath - Troy
Courtney Williams - Southfield
Dominique Zigo - Lakeland
Becky VanSloten - Auburn Hills Oakland Christian
Sabria Cotton - Southfield Lathrup
Quinnence Garrison - Auburn Hills Avondale
Anne Tucker - Rochester
Emilie Kipp - Lake Orion
Micaela Ellis - Ferndale
Brittany Washington - Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Taylor Steinhelper - Waterford Kettering
Kaitlyn Kendall - North Farmington

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