By Jerry Del Priore
ESPN’s top 100 high school girls basketball players in the nation list has four players from the New York/New Jersey area.
First, is forward Kylee Watson, who comes in at No. 15, number 6 at her position, on ESPN’s list.
Playing at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey, Kylee Watson is headed to the Oregon Ducks in the PAC-12 Conference.
The six-foot-three-inch Watson’s size and athletism make her a rising elite senior prospect. She can score, rebound, and is superb in an uptempo game.
Secondly, is Ohio State-bound Kateri Poole, who is No. 20 on the list, 6th at her position, and transferred Monsignor Scanlan High School in The Bronx to attend South Shore High School in Brooklyn.
The senior point guard is a pure scoring and was a USA Today 2nd-team New York State selection in 2019.
Additionally, Poole made the NYSSWA 2nd-team Class AA All-State in 2019, and NYSSWA 15th-team Class A All-State in 2018.
Six-foot-five forward Natalija Marshall is third in the area on ESPN’s list. Ranked 32 and eight at her position, Marshall is an excellent post player, with her size and athletic ability giving her the opportunity to produce mismatches down low.
Marshall, who selected Notre Dame over UConn, Duke, and Stanford, plays high school hoops for Chris the King in Middle Village, Queens. The Lady Royals captured the New York Class AA championship last season.
Anna Morris, who stars at Immaculate Heart Academy High School in Washastion Township, New Jersey, ranks 47th overall and 11th at the forward position.
Morris, who’s committed to the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference, is a good shooter who possesses the ability to finish in traffic with either hand.
An excellent athlete, NJ.com named Morris the 2018 Volleyball Player of the Year.