JJHuddle Preseason All-Ohio

basketball1JJHuddle provides coverage of high school sports throughout the state of Ohio. This week they are releasing their Girls Basketball Preseason Power Polls of the top players and teams in the state. Today was the JJH OGBR Class of 2014 Preseason All-Ohio team. Check out the list:

1. Kelsey Mitchell (20) 5’9 Cincinnati Princeton / Ohio State

2. Alyssa Rice (14) 6’3 Reynoldbsurg / Kentucky

3. Kathryn Westbeld (14) 6’2 Kettering Fairmont / Notre Dame

4. Makayla Waterman (5) 6’2 Kettering Fairmont / Ohio State

5.(tie):

Sydney Brackemyre (3) 6’0 Clinton-Massie / Louisville

Amanda Cahill (3) 6’2 Clyde / Indiana

Stasha Carey (3) 6’3 Berea-Midpark / Pittsburgh

Kristen Confroy (3) 5’9 Solon / Maryland

Alexa Hart (3) 6’2 Columbus Africentric / Ohio State

Laina Snyder (3) 6’1 West Holmes / Ashland

Louisville Women Preseason #8

20130209-191655.jpgI saw on Facebook today that ESPN has released their early preseason rankings for 2013-2014 women’s basketball season. Louisville is ranked #8. Hopefully they can ride the wave of this year’s run to the Final Four and keep it going next season.

You can read the entire article on ESPN’s website, but here’s what they wrote about the Cardinals.

8. Louisville: Jeff Walz proved just how talented a coach he is during the NCAA tournament and Shoni Schimmel demonstrated that she can play under control and lead. Antonita Slaughter and Sara Hammond could really break out if the confidence they displayed the past four weeks carries over. Playing in the new American Athletic Conference won’t be nearly as tough as the old Big East or the ACC, the Cardinals’ destination in 2015.

IU #1 Preseason – a little too soon??

It’s just one day after the championship game and the first preseason poll for 2012-2013 is out.  Andy Katz has Indiana as preseason #1.  Isn’t it a little soon?  While I think it speaks volumes to where Tom Crean has helped bring the program, it seems a little early to be making such predictions. It does assume several players are leaving for the NBA from other teams and that IU is staying intact.  It seems early, but it sounds good to Hoosier fans.

Here’s what Katz wrote about the Hoosiers.  You can see his Top 25 here.

1. Indiana

Surprised? Putting Indiana No. 1 isn’t a reach, and it speaks volumes about how far Tom Crean has brought the Hoosiers. There was legitimate grumbling in the Hoosier Nation a year ago, wondering whether the rebuilding was taking too long. Well, IU had two of the more significant wins of the 2011-12 regular season and then reached the Sweet 16, where it pushed Kentucky as well as any team. Cody Zeller has to stay put for Indiana to remain No. 1 of course. But if Zeller is back, the Hoosiers — with nearly everyone returning and joined by another elite recruiting class — will be right there in the running for a national title.