The featured image is of(2023) of Concord High School (#42 in white).
Last Friday, September 30th, we released the Fall rankings update for the Class of 2023. There were a handful of new additions, a few players who raised their “stock”, so to speak, so subsequently there was some movement throughout the list. I wanted to take this time to circle back and address all of the ranked prospects, position by position. Below is a look at 20 center prospects who make up 8.9% of the rankings this time around, with analysis on a handful to “keep an eye on” detailed at the bottom.
|3.||C||6-2||Fort Wayne Northrop|
|5.||C||6-2||La Lumiere Prep|
|7.||C||6-1||Fort Wayne Wayne|
|9.||C||6-2||West Lafayette Harrison|
KEEP AN EYE ON:
Due to the combination of existing talent and newcomers, Northrop will undoubtedly begin the season as the talk of the town in Fort Wayne. Brooklyn is in her second season in orange, but it will be her first season on the Varsity roster due to transfer restrictions a year ago. The University of Findlay commit has a strong frame, she’s a nice athlete at her size, and she should provide a real interior presence for the Lady Bruins. She can score it around the low-block, and she’s a good rebounder and a solid defender.
Leah has been a regular in the Olympian lineup for a couple of years now, but with the graduation of their best guard in years back in the Spring, they will likely need to lean heavily on their interior play. Leah is a strong, physical, hard-working post. She has good hands and footwork, but she also possesses nice skill from the mid-post to the low-block. She can control the boards at times, as she has a real nose for the ball. I also like her effort and energy defensively, and her awareness in rotations to help teammates.
Maeve is a big, strong, physical, traditional back-to-the-basket post prospect. She stepped up quite a bit as a Junior, averaging career highs in points (7.0 ppg) and rebounds (8.1 rpg) for the Lady Braves, but I’d look for an even bigger season this year. She has improved her finishing ability, plus Brebeuf has a couple of younger guards who will be able to get the ball inside better this time around. Look for Maeve to approach a double-double as a Senior. She has been committed to Denison University for some time, now.
Akaoma sort of came out of nowhere a season ago, giving the Lady Mustangs a huge boost to their frontline. She averaged 9.8 points and an impressive 12.4 rebounds per game. Despite being just 5-11, she is incredibly powerful, sometimes immovable, and she can be a real problem in the paint. Offensively, she has good hands and is working to develop more post skill. But she can sit down, seal, and give her guards a nice target. Defensively, she roots out opposing posts, keeping them from getting into their comfort zones.