A consensus of three major national entities -- All-Star Girls Report, Blue Star Basketball, and ESPN HoopGurlz -- revealed consistent thinking among the elite prospects in the girls' basketball class of 2011, as well as a decided tug westward.
With the early signing period for National Letters of Intent just around the corner (Nov. 10), ESPN HoopGurlz invited the largest women's basketball recruiting services to share their top 100 rankings of the 2011 class. All-Star Girls Report appeared on Monday and Blue Star Basketball appeared on Tuesday.
Led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis of Anaheim, Calif., the consensus No. 1 recruit, California boasts more than a quarter -- nine -- of the top 37, as averaged among the three organization's top 100 rankings. Of those nine, eight (the first eight, in fact) -- were from the Los Angeles area. The Golden State accounted for 16 prospects in the consensus Top 100.
Players were awarded points matching their ranking by a particular organization. Prospects ranked in at least one of the top 100s were given 101 points for each organization that did not rank them. The total points were divided by three to reach an average ranking.
Seven players -- Mosqueda-Lewis, Elizabeth Williams of Virginia Beach, Va.; Ariel Massengale of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Cierra Burdick of Matthews, N.C.; Krystal Forthan of Austin, Texas; Bria Smith of Massapequa, N.Y., and Briyona Canty of Willingboro, N.J. -- appeared in the top 10 of each contributing organization.