(11-16-2017) Last season Riverdale won the SSN National Public HS Girls Basketball Rankings, so it is only fitting that they start the season out as the #1 ranked team this year.

Riverdale has won back-to-back Tennessee large school championships and they return five Division I type players, including two sisters of Anastasia Hayes who is now playing at Tennessee.

  • Sr – Brinae Alexander (Vanderbilt)
  • Sr – twins Alexis and Amanda Whittington (both to Middle Tennessee)
  • Jr –  Aislynn Hayes
  • Soph – Alasia Hayes

SSN National Girls Public HS Basketball Rankings – 11-16-17

  1. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 34-0 2016-2017 record
  2. Mercer County (Harrodsburg, Ky.),  defending Kentucky state champions have Returning – Seygan Robins (Louisville)
  3. Northwest Guilford (NC) North Carolina Class 4-A State champion – Returning starters: G Lindsay Gauldin, 5-9, Sr.; F Bria Gibbs, 6-0, Sr.; C Elizabeth Kitley, 6-4, Jr., plus Page transfer G Reagan Kargo, 5-9, Soph., who was the All Metro Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. The Vikings do have three key players out with knee injuries, G Thalia Carter, G Cayla King, and G Tiffani Thorpe.
  4. North Little Rock (Ark.) Key players returning, 6’2 Yomyris Morris (TCU) and Junior Kennady Tucker
  5. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) Returning players 6-4 Jada Rice and two Juniors  Javyn Nicholson (committed to Georgia) and Bria Harmon (committed to Purdue)
  6. Iowa City West (Iowa) was 5A state semifinalist last year and return  Iowa commit Logan Cook, (6-1, Sr.) who averaged 15.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season. Class 5A 1st-team INA all-state and Creighton commit Rachael Saunders (5-8, Jr) who averaged 12.4 points and 2.1 assists per game and shot 74.6 percent from the free-throw line. Class 5A 3rd-team INA All-State.
  7. Baldwin (N.Y.) New York State Class AA public school champions, led by a group of Seniors – Donnetta Johnson (Georgia), Aziah Hudson (Old Dominion) and Jenna Annecchiarico (Eastern Michigan).
  8. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), Only lost one game last season and that came in the 4A state title game, led by Sophomore Paige Bueckers, a 5-’10 point guard
  9. Kentridge (Kent, Wash.) Defending 4A State champions led returning post players Jordyn Jenkins and JaQuaya Miller
  10. Mesquite (Gilbert, Ariz.) Two DI committed guards return, Shaylee Gonzales (BYU) and Lindsey VanAllen (Santa Clara)
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