The trajectory for Canadian women’s basketball is on a steady incline. Canadians are filling more DI NCAA basketball rosters than ever, three Canadian women are currently on WNBA rosters (Natalie Achonwa, Kayla Alexander, Kia Nurse), countless are hooping professionally overseas, and our women’s National teams are having great success. The next few graduating classes promise to follow this trend and continue to raise the bar in Canadian women’s basketball.
The last six months have been spent in gyms across Canada evaluating high school girls basketball players. For the first time in North Pole Hoops history, National Girl’s Rankings are dropping.
The winter season is kicking off and there are a multitude of opportunities to be playing basketball. These rankings will continue to evolve and be updated as the 2018-2019 season unfolds and as new players step onto the radar.
Evaluations are based on the following criteria:
1. Production and skillset at x level
2. Size for position, length, and athleticism
3. Mental edge
4. Potential and long-term projection
2019 Top 10:
6’3 F Laeticia Amihere
5’11 G Makayla Ennis
6’1 F Brynn Masikewich
5’9 G Roxanne Makolo
5’8 PG Kaillie Hall
5’9 G Ahrianna Grizzle
5’10 G Mide Oriyomi
5’9 PG Micah Dennis
6’0 F/C Deanna Tuchscherer
6’2 C Faith Dut
Laeticia Amihere | 6’3 | F | King’s Christian – “No Brainer”
Physicals and athleticism are off the charts! Explosive mobile athlete with a versatile skillset. Penetrates and creates off the bounce for offensive production. Dominant finishes with contact in traffic. Rebounder. Athletic defender.
Official visits to Kentucky, Louisville and South Carolina
Makayla Ennis | 5’11 | G | – Athleticism and Scoring Ability
High caliber athlete who rebounds and RUNS. Handles the ball with good vision up the floor; good passer & creates opportunities in transition. Offensive minded, attacks hard & finishes well at the rim, passes well off penetration. Pull up is smooth and 3 ball is coming along. Prideful and lanky defender, shot blocker, and rebounder; takeoff and second jump is quick! Transition player, high ceiling.
Interest from Washington, UNC, Buffalo, NC State, Wake Forest
Brynn Masikewich | 6’1 | F | – Physicals and IQ
Strong shooting forward with good length. Active and strong defensive presence inside; moves feet and hands up, finishes plays with D boards. Moves well of the ball and gets open for her looks – knocks the 3 ball down and likes to pop for it off ball screens. Pretty crafty with decent handles, creates well and delivers off penetration. Can push the ball up off D board, works well off the dribble within 15-17 feet – gets to the rim with strength and efficiency.
Roxanne Makolo | 5’9 | G | – Athleticism and Impact
Well-rounded strong athlete with good speed and a motor. Will look to push the ball up the floor and create in transition. Attacks with explosiveness and is liking the pull up jumper; can get through D and finish at high speeds and with contact, attacks well going left, delivers nice passes off penetration. Likes the corner 3, active off ball and finds herself in the right place at the right time to make the right plays. Rebounds!
Interest from TCU, LSU, Purdue, Utah, James Madison, Utah, Memphis
Kaillie Hall | 5’8 | PG | – Grit and Facilitates
Strong gritty PG! Has the trio down with shooting, passing and handling the ball at high speeds and under pressure. I love that I can noticeably see her shoulder dip on rim penetration; passes the ball very well, creates, and her jumper looks good, shoots the 3 ball. Saw her post up on mismatch, O Boards and putback. Defends!! Rebounds.
Ahrianna Grizzle | 5’9 | G | – Confidence and Intelligence
Smooth, crafty guard; fluid with the ball – handles and passes very well. Passer first, scorer second; Floor General, versatile scorer. She’s quick and her movements are efficient. Good change of speed and body control; uses pivots and seals to create opportunity. High IQ, has been successful in large variety of settings.
Mide Oriyomi | 5’10 | G | – Athleticism and Motor
Athlete, hustler, works! Runs and plays well in transition and open court, can push the ball up or look to go rim to rim, no problem finishing against contact. Active off ball, gets involved in the offense. Anticipates well on defensive end; high energy player. She turned it up at Nationals; snatched some big time boards, got in passing lanes for steals and hit a big time buzzer beater 3. Shows sparks of greatness, high ceiling.
Micah Dennis | 5’9 | PG | – Defense and Competitor
Solid guard with consistent effort and focus. Elite defender with a high motor and great footwork. Competitor; picks up full court man to man D. She handles it with poise under pressure and keeps good court vision. Attacks well going left – strong finisher at the rim and good passer. Jumper looks good. Silent producer, rebounds. Controls her emotions well.
Interest from Arizona, Rutgers, Kansas State, Marquette
Deanna Tuchscherer | 6’0 | F/C |- Patience and IQ
Poised, smart and reads defense. Undersized but gets her shot off, draws fouls and gets great position inside; efficient player. In the right place at the right time. Solid fundamentals and clean footwork, good hands. IQ player, poised under pressure, takes care of the ball. Value added in ability to knock down the 3 ball – solid shooter!
Faith Dut | 6’2 | C |- Athleticism and “Upside”
Lanky athlete! Rim protector, runs the floor well. Skillset offensively is raw but high upside! I like her attitude & assertive demeanor on the court.
Official Visits to U of Florida Gators, U of Oklahoma Sooners and U of Washington Huskies
2019 Watch List;
5’11 PG/SG Tiena Neale – King’s Christian
5’10 G Maddie Anderson – J Addison, ON
5’9 G Aerial Wilson – TRC, ON
5’7 G Keturah Balabyekkubo – Lincoln Prep, ON
5’10 G Emily Martindale – Lincoln Prep, ON
5’11 F Tatyanna Burke – SBA Juel, ON
6’2 F Briar McDonald – King’s Edgehill, NS
6’5 C Jessica Reid – Niagara Prep, ON
On My Radar;
5’7 G Isabella Belvedere – Caledon, ON
5’9 G Andrea Dodig – Caledon, ON
5’11 G Athel Malou – Canada Topflight Academy, ON
5’5 PG Amanda Gaetano – Canada Topflight Academy, ON
6’0 G Marie-Laeticia Ziba – Capital Courts, ON
6’3 C Andela Kalfic – Durham Elite, ON
6’3 C Laura Barhacs – J Addison, ON
5’7 G Hennessey Luu-Brown – J Addison, ON
5’4 PG Kali Pocrnic – Lincoln Prep, ON
5’7 G Sydney Gucker-Wickie – Lincoln Prep, ON
5’9 G Kiara Leveridge – SBA Juel, ON
6’2 F Sammie Martin – Southwest Academy, ON
6’0 F Peyton Connolly – Transway Juel, ON
6’0 G Claire Sutherland-Case – Transway Juel, ON
6’1 F Savannah Day – TRC, ON
5’10 G Aaliyah Fraser – TRC, ON
5’7 PG Taite Cleland – Tri County Thunder, ON
5’4 PG Piper Ingalls – AE Peacock, SK
5’9 G Berkley Heggie – Lethbridge Collegiate, AB
5’9 SG Montana Berezay – Magrath High School, AB
5’10 F Jael Kabunda – Montmorency, QC
6’0 F Eden Tabin – Notre Dame, SK
6’1 F Xianna Josephs – Putnam Science Academy, USA
5’10 SF Claire Padley – West Island College, AB