The 2025 Rankings: More Debuts
As we’ve said time and time again, this class is loaded and big and full of talented athletes and sometimes players get overlooked. Sometimes players move in from other places. Sometimes you take a year or so off to go…
As we’ve said time and time again, this class is loaded and big and full of talented athletes and sometimes players get overlooked. Sometimes players move in from other places. Sometimes you take a year or so off to go get your Master’s in Creative Nonfiction and then come back and realize that some of the players you thought were pretty good are now really, really good. Whatever the reason, check out these players who debuted on this edition of the 2025 rankings.
Conley makes her debut all the way up at No. 57 due in large part to the fact that she is an absolute bucket! I see video all the time of kids that can score. It’s something that’s been trained into them from shooting drills, to rehearsed drives that have similar moves each time with varying outcomes. Then sometimes you see a player like Conley where things are just a little more natural. She takes the time to look up, see what’s ahead of her, and then takes what is given. She shoots the three when the defender is off a little. She probes with her dribbles looking for weaknesses in the player guarding her and if they slip, she’ll rise up and hit a jumper that looks as if she’s hanging in air for minutes. There’s a reason so many schools have taken notice of Conley Cayot and you might want to add your school to the growing list.
Keirstin may have a lot of softball pictures and stuff on her social media and that’s fine, keep playing and bring that mentality over to the basketball court. We love that! But, in the end, we all know that Seiling is a Girls Basketball School. They’re one of the best and Keirstin is a big part of that success. Her ability to play inside and outside is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her skills. She can handle the ball well enough to drive the basket and she finishes consistently with either hand. Her lefty stroke from deep is just a thing of beauty. Add in the fact that she is a dedicated rebounder and you’ve got one heck of a prospect making her debut on the rankings!
Nykaiya is a very, very fun player to watch play the game of basketball. There’s some players who play the game and they play it with energy and that’s cool and all. But, then there’s players like Nykaiya, who play the game in a way that makes it seem like every game could be their last, and the fact that the other team would even attempt to score on them is an affront to everything they stand for as a basketball player. That’s the fire Nykaiya plays with. She drives the basket with that fire and finishes with that fire and draws contact with that fire. She is just fun to watch. Probably no fun at all to play against, but hey, that’s not my problem.
Makenna is a player that I heard about before I ever got to see her play. She was at a different school then, but I had people saying “have you heard about this Justus kid up in Pawhuska?” before I had ever even seen her play. That’s usually a pretty good sign that somebody’s got skills. Now, having seen her play for a while, I can confirm. She plays like a coach’s daughter, which isn’t a surprise, but more than that, she is a great scorer who is very unselfish. She plays on teams at smaller schools and, it seems, could probably have higher point totals than the already large ones that she does. But, a lot of her video has her doing the little things, like hitting backdoor cutting teammates, that win ball games.
Speaking of guards that are just a whole lot of fun to watch, Layla Moseby’s games are pretty much ‘can’t miss.’ She is lightning quick, but controlled. She explodes into the lane and is a constant threat to lay it up in an instant. However, she dishes passes so fast that everyone, especially the defense, is completely caught off guard. Not many players today relish the chance to get a nice, pretty assist, but Layla is old-school in that way. She is a true point guard. In that respect, her one-on-one defense is also an absolute nightmare for opposing ballhandlers. Moseby is the complete PG package!