HoopGurlz.com makes its first major revision of its National Hot 100 for the 2007 class. Jenny Vining of Marshall, Ark.; Brittney Thomas of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Chanel Chisholm of North Babylon, N.Y., are the major additions.
PHOTOS BY GLENN NELSON
To the nationwide clarion call for shooters, we offer Jenny Vining. If she were a cellphone, she'd be one of those multiband models.
That's because Vining can connect from just about anywhere.
Because of her rare shooting ability, the Marshall, Ark., senior and Oklahoma commit joins the HoopGurlz National Hot 100 at No. 33.
Other revisions to the 2007 class rankings include the addition of Brittney Thomas from Bolingbrok, Ill., and Chanel Chisholm of North Babylon, N.Y., to the Hot 100, the upgrade of Lakeshia Mosley of Detroit, Mich., and the expansion of the rankings to 105 with the inclusion of Kelsey Adrian from Langley, B.C., and Katelan Redmon from Spokane, Wash.
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Vining, who is 5-foot-9, averaged 22.5 points last season for Marshall in spite of facing every conceivable defense against her. She has NBA range on her three-point shot and, because of defensive efforts to stop her outside sniping, has vastly improved her ability to attack the basket. At Oklahoma, she likely will be unleashed from multiple defenders as opposing teams will focus on Courtney Paris inside.
Thomas, who recently committed to Michigan State, was ommitted from the original Hot 100 because of a technical glitch that left her off the list of candidates. HoopGurlz is happy to make the correction, inserting the 5-10, hyperenergetic point guard at No. 70. Not far behind, at No. 80, is Chisholm, the explosive Long Islander who recently verbaled to Vanderbilt.
Mosely, a 6-1 forward who has committed to Purdue, was upgraded from No. 100 to No. 87.
Adrian, a Cal commit who is a member of the Canadian national senior women's team, is the first prospect from north of the border to be included in HoopGurlz rankings. A 6-2 wing, she is a smooth attacker off the dribble who can hit the mid-range jumper. Redmon, who has verbaled to Washington, is 6 feet, long and attracted attention from as far East as the ACC after a breakout performance in the Washington State 4A championship game, which she followed up with a strong summer.
Though not displayed automatically, the HoopGurlz 2007 rankings extend beyond the Hot 100, with Adrian at 101, Georgia Follmer of Santa Margarita, Calif., at 102, Crystal Murdough of Dublin, Ohio, at 103, Redmon at 104 and Marisa Gobuty of Israel at 105. Murdough has committed to Bowling Green and Gobuty verbaled to Syracuse.
HoopGurlz rankings are a work in progress until the final set is declared after the late signing period in the spring. Players are not rated or ranked unless viewed, in person or on video, by HoopGurlz.com.
Editor's Note: Learn more about Jenny Vining next week, as she will be a subject of a major profile that will kick off HoopGurlz.com's Early Signing Period coverage.
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Glenn Nelson is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (www.Scout.com), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and coached the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girl's basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for The Seattle Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen Publishing, 2002). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Hansen is the National Director of Scouting for Women's Basketball at HoopGurlz.com and Scout.com. He leads the panel that evaluates and ranks girl's basketball prospects nationally for HoopGurlz and Scout.com. Chris has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Nancy Pfaff is Eastern Analyst for Women's Basketball at HoopGurlz.com and Scout.com. More commonly known as Husky Nan on the Internet, where she is considered one of the nation's authorities on women's basketball and has been evaluating and ranking girl's basketball players for years (www.HuskyNan.com). Nancy also is a senior writer for UConnFan.com and moderator for one of the largest sports communities on the Web, the Boneyard. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.