Editor's note: Based primarily on high school accomplishment and the annual ESPN RISE/Student Sports All-American selections of the past 10 years. Some consideration was given to what players have done after high school. Players are listed by year of graduation and the position they played in high school.
Diana Taurasi, Class of 2000
5-11 guard, Don Lugo (Chino, Calif.)
She repeated as Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year in California for the 2000 season and also was Parade Magazine's Player of the Year and earned MVP honors at the WBCA All-American Game. Taurasi went on to lead UConn to three straight NCAA titles and was the WNBA's player of the year with titles in 2007 and 2009 with the Phoenix Mercury.
Maya Moore, Class of 2007
6-1 forward, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)
Since her junior year at Collins Hill, Moore has been making a big name for herself. She led the Screaming Eagles to back-to-back state titles and was a consensus national player of the year in 2007. Extremely athletic on the wing and capable of battling inside, Moore was the Big East Player of the Year at UConn as a freshman and last season she repeated. She was the top player for a Huskies team that finished 39-0 and won the NCAA title.
Candace Parker, Class of 2004
6-3 forward, Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.)
Another indication of how advanced a player Parker has been during her career is that by 2006 she was playing for the U.S. national team. She averaged nearly 10 points per game for the gold medal-winning American squad in the Beijing Olympics.
Seimone Augustus, Class of 2002
6-2 forward, Capital (Baton Rouge, La.)
It was good decade for girls basketball in the Bayou as two were chosen among the top 15 players with two more on the second team. Augustus was the most celebrated in high school of the group. She was the 2002 national player of the year, then was a three-time All-American at LSU and led the Tigers to the Final Four three times. Augustus was the first pick in the 2006 WNBA draft by Minnesota and has averaged 21.2 points per game in her pro career.
Tina Charles, Class of 2006
6-3 center, Christ The King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
It's no wonder UConn is so dominant in the women's game. The Huskies boast not one but two of the top five players of the decade in Charles and Moore. At Christ The King, Charles led the Royals to back-to-back undefeated seasons and was the 2006 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year. Her play in the middle was dominant last season for UConn, culminating with her 25-point, 19-rebound outing in the NCAA final against Louisville. Barring injury, Charles is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2010 WNBA draft.
Cappie Pondexter, Class of 2001
5-9 guard, Marshall (Chicago, Ill.)
Besides leading Marshall to a state championship and being honored twice as Illinois' Miss Basketball, Pondexter also spent her summers as a high schooler with USA Basketball and won four world championships. She was the Big East player of the year at Rutgers in 2006 and has gone on to become a three-time all-star with the Phoenix Mercury. She was the WNBA Finals MVP in 2007.
Alexis Hornbuckle, Class of 2004
5-11 guard, South Charleston (South Charleston, W.Va.)
Partly because Candace Parker missed part of her senior season with a knee injury, Hornbuckle was the Student Sports/ESPN RISE Player of the Year for the famed Class of 2004. She led her teams at two schools to four straight state titles and was MVP at two All-America games. Regarded as the most successful team sport athlete in West Virginia prep history, Hornbuckle became an All-American at Tennessee and set a Detroit Shock record with seven steals in her first WNBA game.
Elena Delle Donne, Class of 2008
6-4 forward, Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, Del.)
A legitimate 6-4 player who can shine at the point, Delle Donne led Ursuline to three straight state titles and set a national record with 80 made free throws in a row. She was the 2008 EA SPORTS Player of the Year and may have gotten it as a junior except that Maya Moore was a senior. After giving up a scholarship to UConn and not playing basketball last season, Delle Donne has returned to the court this season for the University of Delaware.
Alana Beard, Class of 2000
5-11 forward, Southwood (Shreveport, La.)
There may not have been a player on this team who ended her prep career quite like Beard. In her final game, she scored 48 points and had 18 rebounds as Southwood completed a 36-0 season and won a fourth straight state title. Beard, who was the Student Sports/ESPN RISE Player of the Year for 2000 with averages of 25 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists, became a three-time All-ACC performer at Duke. She has averaged more than 16 points per game during a five-year WNBA career.
Sylvia Fowles, Class of 2004
6-6 center, Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.)
In three years at Edison (Miami, Fla.), Fowles led the team to two state titles before transferring to Gulliver Prep and leading that school to a state championship as a senior. She was known in high school for being able to dunk and did it as a freshman. Fowles, who starred at LSU and plays for Chicago in the WNBA, also dunked in a college game and during the WNBA's all-star game.
Candice Wiggins, Class of 2004
5-10 guard, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla, Calif.)
The 2004 Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year in California averaged 28 points for her career and still ranks in the all-time state top 10 for career steals. She was the state's athlete of the year in 2004 in part to her additional feats in volleyball, and she even played a little at Stanford before switching to hoops full-time. Wiggins was a three-time All-American for the Cardinal and led them to the NCAA final in 2008.
Crystal Langhorne, Class of 2004
6-2 forward, Willingboro (Willingboro, N.J.)
Langhorne was a two-time New Jersey Gatorade State Player of the Year and starred in the McDonald's All-American game. At Maryland, she had her number retired while still playing for the Terps and paced the team to the 2006 NCAA title.
Nicole Powell, Class of 2000
6-4 forward, Mountain Pointe (Tempe, Ariz.)
Powell is so highly regarded as one of the top high school athletes ever in Arizona that during her senior year she was named the state's Player of the Century by the Arizona Republic. That was for the 20th century, of course. Powell was a three-time All-American at Stanford and helped Sacramento win the WNBA title in 2005.
Nicky Anosike, Class of 2004
6-3 forward, St. Peter's (Staten Island, N.Y.)
A four-year varsity starter, she led St. Peter's to four straight Long Island championships and was named New York Miss Basketball as a senior. At Tennessee, Anisike helped the Vols win back-to-back NCAA titles. She just ended an all-star season with Minnesota in the WNBA, averaging 13.2 points per game.
Courtney Paris, Class of 2005
6-5 center, Piedmont (Piedmont, Calif.)
Without question, she'd be the rebounder of the decade. Paris set a California record for career rebounds and was the EA SPORTS Player of the Year as a senior. At Oklahoma, Paris, whose twin sister Ashley also was one of the top 25 players of the decade in California, became the first four-time All-American in women's college history.
• Jayne Appel, Carondelet (Concord, Calif.), 6-4 center, Class of 2006
• Shameka Christon, Hot Springs (Hot Springs, Ark.), 6-1 forward, Class of 2000
• Monique Currie, Bulles (Potomac, Md.), 5-10 guard, Class of 2001
• Skylar Diggins, Washington (South Bend, Ind.), 5-10 guard, Class of 2009
• Candice Dupree, Wharton (Tampa, Fla.), 6-1 forward, Class of 2002
• Shyra Ely, Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.), 6-2 forward, Class of 2001
• Jackie Gemelos, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.), 5-11 guard, Class of 2006
• Brittney Griner, Nimitz (Houston, Texas), 6-8 center, Class of 2009
• Charde Houston, San Diego (San Diego, Calif.), 6-3 forward, Class of 2004
• Temeka Johnson, Bonnabel (Kenner, La.), 5-7 guard, Class of 2001
• Ivory Latta, York (York, S.C.), 5-8 guard, Class of 2003
• Arminte Price, Myrtle (Myrtle, Miss.), 5-9 forward, Class of 2003
• Khadijah Rushdan, St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Del.), 5-10 guard, Class of 2007
• Sophia Young, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.), 6-1 forward, Class of 2002
• Shanna Zolman, Wawassee (Syracuse, Ind.), 5-10 guard, Class of 2002