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Agree to disagree: Rating the rankings

If the two premier national scouting services sharing space, not only with each other, but with ESPN HoopGurlz seems like a juice-out-the-nose moment, you may want to set down your morning glass.

Truth be told, this only is the first public expression of a couple important things on which we already agree: First, that, while girl's basketball is enjoying a hefty growth spurt, there are many changes and challenges on the horizon and this is a time for solidarity and, second, that we respect each other's work and opinions.

We only go about that work a little differently. All-Star Girls Report is primarily the product of omni-present Bret McCormick with the backing of Michael T. White, who operates events and sponsors teams, now under the sponsorship of Fila. Blue Star Basketball is owned by Mike Flynn and sponsored by Nike, with lead scout and organizer Chris Mennig overseeing some 20 former college coaches and the company operating events around the country.

Those two are scouting services that produce data far beyond just rankings and sell their reports to assist college programs in scouting and evaluating recruits. On the other hand, ESPN HoopGurlz is a media organization that compiles rankings to offer context for the players we write about. All three entities employ those with coaching experience, travel the country to view prospects for women's college basketball and take our work seriously.

We, of course, see some things differently. On the pages featuring rankings from All-Star Girls Report and Blue Star Basketball, you will see players in different order, some players the others don't rank and differences in projected positions. Below, in an averaging of their rankings and ours, you will see a lot of agreement.

All three of us agree on the No. 1 player, Chiney Ogwumike of Cypress, Texas, and there is not significant variance among the top players. We also agree enough to have produced consensus rankings to 50 players. There are 95 players in all that are ranked by at least two of the three organizations.

This, alas, is not an exercise in group-think. Variety, after all, is the spice of life and sports. The lesson here is that, in any realm driven by hard work, wisdom and learned intuition, there always will be common ground to be found.