The elite eight movers in the spring rankings refresh

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Haley Jones was named MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions in December and California Gatorade player of the year in March.

State champions have been crowned, all-stars have been showcased, and high school jerseys have been tucked away.

That means it's time for the spring refresh of the espnW HoopGurlz prospect rankings.

We present the elite eight movers from the 2019 and 2020 classes.

2019 Super 60


Player: Haley Jones, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, California)

New rank: 2

Previous rank: 5

Comment: Jones, an undeclared 6-foot-1 wing, led Mitty to a 29-1 record and the No. 1 spot in the final espnW 25 Power Rankings for the 2017-18 season. Throughout the year, Jones continued to refine every aspect of her game. She's more skilled on the offensive side, more poised and more confident. Averaging nearly 22 points per game against the best competition the country has to offer will do that. Jones was named the Gatorade player of the year in California.

Player: Ashley Owusu, Paul VI (Fairfax, Virginia)

New rank: 3

Previous rank: 8

Comment: The 5-foot-9 lead guard and Maryland recruit averaged 21.2 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and led Paul VI to a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state title. Superb off the dribble, Owusu has taken her playmaking skills to another level.

Player: Jordyn Oliver, Prosper (Texas)

New rank: 6

Previous rank: 18

Comment: The versatile 5-foot-10 guard and Baylor commit has always had an offensive game with flashes of brilliance. Now those flashes are far more frequent. She averaged 20.2 points and 8.4 rebounds and led Prosper to a 31-4 record.

Player: Jakia Brown-Turner, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Maryland)

New rank: 15

Previous rank: 30

Comment: The 6-foot lefty has a rare versatility that causes chaos on both offense and defense. Her offensive production has become more consistent of late, and more and more college coaches have come calling. Brown-Turner was named All-Met by the Washington Post after leading McNamara to a 21-7 record against super-skilled competition.

2020 Terrific 25


Player: Cameron Brink, Southridge (Beaverton, Oregon)

New rank: 1

Previous rank: 4

Comment: The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds and led Southridge to an Oregon state title. She was named the Oregon Gatorade player of the year. Brink moves to the top of the class largely thanks to her work off the court. She has added strength to her length, and every aspect of her game has benefited.

Player: Jordyn Merritt, Plano (Texas)

New rank: 6

Previous rank: 25

Comment: The 6-foot-2 forward is versatile and mobile, and she's added range to her face-up game. She's also shown the ability to rise to the occasion. She led Plano to its first state championship after knocking out many-time state champion Duncanville in the regional finals.

Player: Hannah Gusters, Duncanville (Texas)

New rank: 7

Previous rank: NR

Comment: With imposing 6-foot-4 size and improved agility, Gusters has become the top post player in the 2020 class. She has ramped up her physicality on the block, and her offensive skills have sharpened.

Player: Sasha Goforth, Fayetteville (Arkansas)

New rank: 8

Previous rank: NR

Comment: Arkansas sends 2018 No. 1 prospect Christyn Williams off to college, and another elite talent emerges. The 6-foot guard has ironed out every aspect of her game. She's agile, has deep range and makes plays in traffic, in transition and anywhere else you can think of. She finished her sophomore season averaging 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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