Team Washington 2007
Alex Montgomery
Alex Montgomery
HoopGurlz Publisher
Posted Nov 28, 2006


If the top players in the extraordinary 2007 class in Washington state could be assembled on one team, this is how it would look.


Starters



Alex Montgomery
Alex Montgomery
6-1 Wing
Lincoln High (Tacoma)
National Rank: No. 15 overall
Georgia Tech Signee


The Lowdown: Few players in the country get up and down the court quicker, with or without the ball. Montgomery has great ups and a huge wingspan, which makes her formidable on the boards and as a defensive deterrent. Vastly improved ballhandling and perimeter shooting makes her the kind of player college coaches dream about putting on the wings.



Regina Rogers
Regina Rogers
6-4 Post
Chief Sealth (Seattle)
National Rank: No. 43 Overall
UCLA Signee


The Lowdown: The girl simply has presence, plus can perform jaw-dropping feats for a player her size. Conditioning has been a bugaboo, but that conceivably will be less of an issue under the stricter environment of a college program. Rogers has made the best of a limited offensive repertoire with great will, competitiveness and power.


Sixth Woman



Sarah Morton
Sarah Morton
5-8 Guard
Monroe High (Monroe)
National Rank: No. 66 Overall
Washington Signee


The Lowdown: Now recovered from major reconstructive knee surgery, Morton is perhaps the most strategically sound points in the country. Keeping track of the clock, teammates and opposing defenses seem to come as second nature. She also is a ballhandling wiz who can shoot it to the three-point line.

Top Reserves




Stephanie Wilber
Stephanie Wilber
6-1 Wing
Auburn Riverside (Auburn)
National Rank: NR
Arizona State Signee


The Lowdown: When healthy, Wilber is as good an inside-outside threat as there is. She has a great lefty stroke from three-point range and ballhandling skills enough to play the wing. She's been holding down the post for the Ravens, so also has good fundamentals on the blocks.



Chanieka Williams

Chanieka Williams
5-9 Guard
Garfield High (Seattle)
National Rank: NR
Syracuse Signee


The Lowdown: Williams is quick and fearless, which will help her in the Big East. She really isn't an expert in anything but the ability to make big plays, with the shot, pass, defense or, even, on the glass.



Brittany Eskridge

Brittany Eskridge
6-2 Forward
Jackson High (Mill Creek)
National Rank: NR
Oregon State Signee


The Lowdown: Eskridge makes an impact on defense with her timing, leaping ability and long arms. She has the quickness and mobility to play on the wing, but would need to improve her ballhandling and long-distance shooting.

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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 hoopgurlz@comcast.net.




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