The high school basketball season is about a month away and there are plenty of hidden gems that Division I coaches have yet to uncover.
While most of the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100 prospects in the class of 2014 have already verbally committed to play for a college next year, there are still several players who are undecided. In fact, 14 players ranked in the top 100 in the HoopGurlz rankings remain uncommitted – including No. 1 prospect A’ja Wilson.
Senior prospects will be able to sign a binding National Letter of Intent during the early signing period (Nov. 13-20). The remaining unsigned players must then wait until the regular signing period which runs from April 16- May 21.
Here is a look at five seniors whose stock is on the rise.
Ariel Atkins is a 5-11 guard from Duncanville, Texas. She is currently the No. 4 player in the nation according to HoopGurlz, after starting year outside the top-60 players.
Atkins is an explosive athlete and is very versatile. She possesses a good midrange game and has the ability to exploit her defender’s weaknesses. She also uses her speed in the open court well and is a capable finisher through contact.
On the defensive end, is where Atkins really thrives. She is a lockdown defender and ignites the offense through her defense.
The left-hander was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year last year. She averaged 16.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 5.7 steals per game. She shot a blistering 65.8 percent from the field, 52.0 percent from beyond the three-point line and 79.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Asia Robeson is a 6-4 forward from Kalamazoo, Mich. The Auburn commit is ranked No. 22 in the nation by HoopGurlz.
Robeson is a versatile interior player who excels on the defensive end. She is a superb shot blocker who also is very good at altering shots.
Offensively, Robeson is outstanding in the transition game and has the ability to finish in traffic.
Robeson averaged 14.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 9.7 blocks, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals as a junior. She also drew interest from Oklahoma and Colorado among others.
Taylor Rooks is a 6-0 wing from Warren, N.J. The New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year is currently ranked No. 19 by HoopGurlz.
Rooks has improved every season. She is superb off the dribble, can finish in traffic and possesses an effective mid-range game.
Rooks averaged 27.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game last year. She has not yet decided on a college though she is considering Stanford, Syracuse, Maryland and Harvard.
Kaylee Johnson is a 6-3 forward from Casper, Wyo., and is ranked No. 30 in the class by HoopGurlz. The two-time reigning Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year has committed to Stanford.
Johnson is a long, athletic power forward who has a tremendous work ethic. She is an excellent rebounder and runs the floor very well.
Johnson averaged 18.0 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.9 blocks, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game last year.
Khaalia Hillsman is a 6-4 post player from Chicago, Ill. The powerful center is ranked No. 46 by HoopGurlz.
Hillsman is a defensive force who is good shot blocker and rebounder. She is also very strong and physical as well as aggressive.