EspnW released its national high school recruiting rankings yesterday. Six players from NYC were included, five of them from the CHSAA.
In the espnW 100 for the class of 2018, Emily Engstler of St. Francis Prep came in at number 11, Jordan Nixon of The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) at number 59 and Shanniah Wright of Poly Prep at 92.
In the espnW Terrific 25 for the class of 2020, Kateri Poole of Monsignor Scanlan was ranked number 12, Natalija Marshall of Christ the King at number 13 and Kayla Morris of Monsignor Scanlan at number 20.
After being forced to sit a year after transferring from Christ the King, Emily Engstler had a breakout season for St. Francis Prep last year, posting triple doubles on a regular basis and even a quadruple double that included 27 points and 29 rebounds.
Emily Engstler recorded an impressive quadruple-double with 27pts, 29rebs, 11ast & 10blks. 😳— St. Francis Prep GVB (@SFPGVB) February 9, 2017
Even with Engstler heading into her senior year, St. Francis Prep faces tough competition in the CHSAA.
Jordan Nixon, also a senior, will lead TMLA in its quest to defend its CHSAA New York State AA Title.
Nixon recorded a double-double in TMLA's overtime win over Scanlan in the CHSAA AA State Final last year (more on that game below), with the Hilltoppers making it all the way to the State Federation Final before falling to South Shore.
Poole had a big freshman campaign for Scanlan last year, especially down the stretch. In the CHSAA AA State Semis against St. Anthony's, Poole knocked down the game-winner to send the Lady Crusaders into the finals against TMLA. She also scored 19 points in the Lady Crusaders' overtime loss to TMLA, going 5-7 from behind the arc.
The CHSAA AA State Final between Scanlan and TMLA at Fordham University was a classic, with the Hilltoppers edging the Lady Crusaders 66-55 in OT.
With Poole and Kayla Morris returning for Scanlan and Nixon and Kania Pollock returning for TMLA, we would not be surprised to see a rematch for the CHSAA AA State Final this season.
By the way, don't forget about Christ the King. In addition to sophomore Natalija Marshall, the Lady Royals have another star in junior Kaelynn Satterfield, who scored 24 points in CTK's win over TMLA last February.
All of this talent will undoubtedly make for a competitive and exciting CHSAA girls basketball season.