Sunday, April 24, 2011

The 5 Best Girls Basketball Players of All-Time

When I was writing today's Ms. Basketball column on Cierra Burdick, I got to thinking about her place in state history.

Ultimately, I think she's top five, maybe top three.

Here are my first four, as taken from the piece:

"This season, Burdick averaged 23.1 points, 15.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, five blocks and 4.1 steals. Her team was 31-1. ESPN ranks her No. 3 in the nation in her class and No. 1 at small forward among all senior girls players in America.

"I've seen all the great girls' basketball players the state has produced. Pressed, I'd list them in this order, Konecka Drakeford, Providence Day; Andrea Stinson, North Mecklenburg (I constantly flip Drakeford and Stinson, by the way); Shea Ralph, Fayetteville Sanford; Tiffani Johnson, Garinger.

"That's four players.

"In basketball, you need a fifth for a starting lineup.

"We now have a fifth.


Chad Smith said...

How could you forget Charlotte Smith from Shelby High School. All she did was win a national championship at UNC and go on to have a decent Wnba career.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree, Charlotte Smith one of the all time greats in womens period

Anonymous said...

Charlotte Smith, the most decorated player in the history of the University of North Carolina women's basketball program

Anonymous said...

No doubt Charlotte Smith should be on that list. The first women's basketball player at UNC to have her jersey retired...and they had a few good ones too!

Anonymous said...

It would be really difficult to leave Crystal Caldwell off that list as well. It would also be difficult to leave Joy Cheek off. Both of those women won state championships and were national, regional and local players of the year. Cheek just finished a great career with Duke and Caldwell will be starting a new journey with West Virginia.