Our Top 20 Senior Picks


       
    Here are our top 20 Indiana senior pre-season picks for the upcoming season. We will be updating this list as the season takes shape. (* Indicates players from the Northwest Indiana Region).

  1. Kennitra Johnson, 5'8", Guard, New Albany - We saw Kennitra last year at the Crown Point Shootout. She has excellent skills and is considered one of the top college prospects in the nation. Known for her quickness and ability to create shots off the dribble, she averaged 19.9 ppg last year as a junior. Member of the Junior All Star Team, she is a solid candidate for Miss Basketball. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT.
        
  2. April McDivitt, 5'7", Guard, Connersville - We first saw April at the 1995 AAU Nationals. She was amazing then, and has just gotten better every year. She is considered one of the top college prospects in the nation, and just recently gave a verbal commitment to attend the University of Tennessee. Known for her floor leadership, April averaged 17.8 ppg and 6.4 assists last year. Member of the Junior All-Star Team, she is the leading candidate for Miss Basketball this year. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE.
       
  3. Kristy Thomann, 5'10", Forward, North Vermillion - Saw Kristy at several AAU tournaments throughout her career. She averaged 24.5 ppg last year, and can flat out score from anywhere on the floor. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY.
       
  4. Elizabeth English, 5'6", Guard, Rushville - The Region area fans will see Elizabeth at this year's Crown Point Shootout on January 2. Recognized as one of Indiana's best shooting guards, she averaged 22.7 ppg last year. A definite All-State selection this year. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO COLORADO STATE.
       
  5. Jenna Hayes, 6'2", Center, Indianapolis Roncalli - The top center in Indiana this year, Jenna averaged 16.9 ppg last year and ruled the boards. Excellent defensive skills, Jenna averaged almost 4 blocks a game last year. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO EVANSVILLE UNIVERSITY.
       
  6. Jeanette Gray*, 5'10", Forward, Valparaiso - Junior All-Star and All-State candidate, Jeanette was also named an AAU All-American this summer. She's a fierce competitor. Averaged 15.5 ppg last year and should be THE dominating player in the Region this year. She is being heavily recruited by Valparaiso University and University of Toledo. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY.
       
  7. Kristin Cheairs*, 5'7", Guard, Gary West Side - Confident and quick, Kristin may very well lead Gary West Side to their first State Championship this year. Averaged 17 points last year, and gave Lake Central all they could at last year's Merrillville Regional. Member of the Junior All-Star Team.
       
  8. Jill Hartman, 5'11", Forward, Evansville Memorial - Averaged 24.1 ppg last year, she is considered a top college prospect. Good ball handling skills can penetrate from the wing and post up. Excellent rebounder who blocks out well, and plays solid defense. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY.
       
  9. Amy Zercher,5'9", Guard, Northwood - We saw Amy at the Penn Shootout last year, and she is one tough player. Plays with intensity. Solid defender who is quick and strong. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO BALL STATE.
       
  10. Laurie Kitts, 5'10", Forward, Eastbrook - Indiana's 1997-98 scoring leader, Laurie averaged 28.5 ppg last year. A pure shooter who finds a way to score. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO BALL STATE.
       
  11. Jackie Campbell*, 5'11", Guard/Forward, Chesterton - We have watched Jackie play since her freshman year. She has started every year and has developed into one of the state's best all-around players. She can score from beyond the arch or post up with the big girls. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. Jackie just recently made a verbal commitment to play at Colorado State. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY.
       
  12. Courtney Cooper, 5'10", Forward, Martinsville - One of the most under-rated players in the state. Has played a major role in Martinsville's back to back state championships. Can shoot from the outside or post up. A consistent player who gives 100% on the floor.
       
  13. Scmeyko Bolden, 5'11", Forward, Evansville Bosse - Quick, strong, and aggressive on both offense and defense. We hear she has the whole package. Averaged 24.2 ppg as a junior. Considered a top college prospect.
       
  14. Erin Rhodes, 6'0", Center/Forward, Oak Hill - Very strong in the post, controls the boards. Played on Indiana's Finest 15u National Championship Team in 1997, and was voted AAU Player of the Year. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY.
       
  15. Amy Waugh, 5'6", Guard, Homestead - Great defender, who can also score. Sees the floor well. Has great skills and is considered one of the best all- around guards in the state.
       
  16. Maria Recker, 5'10", Forward, Dekalb - Expected to become a real scoring threat from both outside and inside this year because of her size. Excellent rebounder. Averaged 16.7 ppg last year. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.
       
  17. Kristin Lowery, 6'2", Forward/Center, Logansport - We have seen Kristin play the past two year's in the Crown Point Shootout. She has great hands and runs the floor well for a big girl. Good shot blocker. Member of the Junior All-Star Team. VERBAL COMMITMENT MADE TO XAVIER UNIVERSITY.
       
  18. Emily Butler, 5'6", Guard, Center Grove - Talk about setting a high standard, Emily was the only freshman ever to be named MVP in the state finals. She has excellent skills. Member of the Junior All-Star Team.
       
  19. Natalie Will, 5'10", Forward, Northwood - We also saw Natalie play at the Penn Shootout last year. She is an physical in the post player who plays with a lot of intensity. Member of the Junior All-Star Team.
       
  20. Cara Stuckey, 5'6", Guard, Terre Haute South - Runs the show for Terre Haute South, she's an intelligent floor leader who can score. Holds the record for most consecutive three points shots. Member of the Junior All-Star Team.
       


All rankings on this page are basically the humble opinion of the Region Roundball Review pseudo-staff. No other Region reporters have contributed to its formulation.