5 of the state’s top college basketball prospects … who else??

Here are five of the top Georgia high school girls basketball players to watch:

Brianna Banks, G, Fayette County: You have to be good to draw the attention of Connecticut recruiters. The 5-foot-9 senior did that after a stellar summer on the AAU circuit, signing with UConn over Louisiana State, among others.  “She’s a pretty nice guard,” Norcross coach Angie Hembree said. “She can beat you on her first step. She’s left-handed but can go either way. She can also kick it another gear. Brianna has an outside game but can take it to the hole. She’s one of the best players in the state.”

Aneesah Daniels, F, Redan: The 5-11 senior is one of the reasons Redan has been a state powerhouse over several years, winning the Class AAAAA championship in 2009 and finishing as state runner-up last season. Daniels is a punishing player in the post area and seems to prefer contact. She led the team with 10.6 rebounds per game last season as a junior. Daniels signed with Alabama.

Diamond DeShields, PF, Norcross: It will be hard for DeShields to top the accomplishments of her freshman year, leading Norcross to the Class AAAAA championship and earning Parade All-America honors. The 6-1 sophomore averages 21 points and 11 rebounds per game. Said Hembree, “Her motor is running in a different gear. She has always been an incredible athlete, but now she’s really getting after it this year.” Her father played major-league baseball and older brother Delino was drafted in the first round by the Houston Astros last summer.

Jarae Savage, G, North Cobb: The 5-7 guard is one of the state’s best-kept secrets, signing with UNC-Greensboro. Savage averages 20 points, including a 5.5 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio “which is unheard of in high school basketball,” North Cobb coach Matt Williams said. “She’s one of the hardest workers you can imagine. She’s really gotten strong in the offseason and is a physical presence on the floor.”

Sydney Wallace, PG, Northview: The 5-8 senior chose to stay close to home and sign with Georgia Tech. Wallace averages 18 points and 5.5 assists per game. “She is probably the best ballhandler I’ve seen at the high school level,” Northview coach Evan Deis said. “She is extremely smooth on the floor with her jump shot and ball-handing. I think she is going to have no problem making a transition to the college, other than the speed of the game.”

(Note: These are 5 of the best, not necessarily the best, and we’ll follow others)

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15 comments Add your comment

Andy Landers is terrible

December 23rd, 2010
12:05 am

Way to keep the talent in the state. Time for McGarrity to take a serious look at the women’s b-ball program.


December 23rd, 2010
8:16 am

UGA is where Metro Atlanta players go never to be heard from again. There is an enormous amount of talent in Atl area but they sign with Clemson, Alabama and other schools because Andy does nothing with them. GT will pass him soon.

Georgia high school talent

December 23rd, 2010
9:08 am

Tennessee and UConn are the schools really hurting UGA recruiting. Who exactly has Clemson and Bama signed from this state that are all star material?

bruce mac

December 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

I think Tech already past UGA. Landers appears to be an angry white man. But really, who cares?


December 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

The only girl on here I have seen play is Brianna Banks. I doubt there is another player better than her. She was incredable the time I saw her play.

Alot of Talent

December 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

There are alot of talented young ladies playing in GA. It is a shame no one can seem to keep them at home. I am not even a fan of the GA schools, but it would be nice to see someone else than UCONN and Tenn win. The Makaela Davis is a beast at Buford and she is not even the best on the team that goes to, Andraya Carter. Then look at the Wesleyan team and they are stacked up and down. Another up and coming player is at Alpharetta named Kaylie Smith she is going to be great. I wish more people would watch these young ladies because they put on quite a show


December 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

UCONN and Tennesee are getting all the best talent from the state and when they get to those schools they produce

Tech Grad.

December 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

Carter & Davis @ BUFORD Top Five–Tennessee Bound !!

Alot of Talent

December 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Yes they do just look at Maya Moore

Lilburn Granny

December 23rd, 2010
1:55 pm

Katie Carroll should be mentioned the the state top 10. Great three point shooting guard with over 1000 points for Parkview!

Michael Carvell

December 23rd, 2010
2:53 pm

Yes, the two from Buford are certainly among the state’s best, too. Carter is a top contender for Ms. Georgia Basketball. Again, as noted above, this blog is about five OF the best, not THE BEST. We’ll write about many others, too, as the season progresses.


December 23rd, 2010
7:03 pm

ROLL TIDE, Aneesah!



December 23rd, 2010
7:06 pm

Be careful if you google “Brianna Banks”!


December 24th, 2010
10:59 am

Yes.. Please be careful.. the easiest way to get what you’re looking for is to Google “Brianna Banks Basketball” (LOL)

theodoris gibbs

December 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

why did davis leave norcross for buford ? thought her and shields played well together defeating redan for title……… whats up ?