2017-18 girls basketball players to watch

Taylor Addison

Howard, senior, forward


Averaging 15.6 points, Addison led the Lions to the Howard County championship last winter. A versatile 5-foot-10 small forward, she also averaged 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals as Howard reached the Class 4A North final, where it fell to eventual state champion Catonsville. An All-Metro first team selection last winter after making the second team as a sophomore, she is considering several college programs.

Nia Clouden


St. Frances, senior, guard

The two-time All-Metro guard scored her 1,000th career point in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship victory and was last winter’s Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year. She averaged 12.8 points and hit a buzzer-beating jumper in overtime against National Christian to preserve the Panthers’ undefeated record. Clouden has signed with Michigan State.

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Mackenzie DeWees

Manchester Valley, senior, guard


The three-time Carroll County Player of the Year and two-time All-Metro second-team shooting guard, DeWees, 5-9, recovered from shoulder surgery to average 25.9 points, 12 rebounds and 6.2 steals. She passed 1,000 career points in the season opener and, with 1,614, is on pace to break the county record of 1,782 set by North Carroll’s Caitlin Bach in 2010. DeWees has signed with Quinnipiac.

Jasmine Dickey

Catonsville, senior, forward-guard

Baltimore County's top player led the Comets to their first state championship last fall, scoring 30 points in the title game — 11 on free throws. With a strong drive to the basket, the versatile two-time All-Metro first-team selection averaged 23.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and three assists. Dickey, 5-10, who has signed with Delaware, has scored more than 1,500 career points.

Kayla Liles

McDonogh, senior, guard

In a breakout season, Liles led the Eagles with 13 points, six rebounds and double doubles in 25 of 30 games. She elevated her game against top competition, including scoring 23 points in the IAAM A Conference championship loss to St. Frances. Named the best defensive player at the Bishop Walsh Tournament, the 5-10 shooting guard has signed with Elon.

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Mir McLean

Roland Park, sophomore, forward

All-Metro first team as a freshman, McLean, 5-10, dominated with her height and agility, averaging 14.5 points and 14.6 rebounds to lead the Reds to third place in the IAAM A Conference championship. She had 18 points and 18 rebounds against the No. 5 team in the country in her first high school game and had 20 doubles doubles in 23 games.

Angel Reese

St. Frances, sophomore, forward

Also All-Metro first team as a freshman, Reese was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Bishop Walsh Tournament after St. Frances won the title. Her combination of height (6-2) and agility made her a tough matchup inside as she averaged 11 points and 11 rebounds alongside Player of the Year Mia Davis. In May, she tried out for the under-16 national team as one of only 35 invited players.

Jasmen Walton

Western, senior, forward-guard

A do-it-all swing player for the Baltimore City champion Doves, the 5-11 Walton handles the ball like a guard and pounds the boards like a power forward. An All-Metro first team selection last season after being second team as a sophomore, she averaged 18.5 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Walton is still considering about a dozen scholarship offers.

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Kiana Williams

Long Reach, senior, guard

An All-Metro second-team point guard last season, Williams has been one of Howard County’s top players for the past two winters. She averaged 14.6 points last season, as well as 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 4.1 steals. She scored in double digits in all but five games and had 27 points against Glenelg in the sectional final. Williams, who has signed with Bethune-Cookman, needs 79 points to reach 1,000.

Brooke Worrell

Chesapeake-AA, senior, guard

Worrell, 5-11, averaged 17.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.4 steals while leading the Cougars to their most wins in school history last winter in a 19-4 season. She improved her defensive play while finishing the season with 1,112 career points, standing out on a team with four players averaging double figures in points. She scored in double figures in all but one game. Worrell has committed to play at Morgan State.

Other notables

Ja’lyn Armstrong, IND

Crystal Barksdale, Arundel

Jameila Barrett, Catonsville

Aniyah Carpenter, Roland Park

Zoe Costley, Westminster

Emily Dorn, Reservoir

Dominique Doss, Franklin

Sydney Faulcon, Old Mill

Jess Foster, Glenelg

Sydney Frank, C. Milton Wright

Hannah Franklin, Old Mill

Jasmine Franklin, Mercy

Courtney Furr, Howard

Excellanxt Greer, Meade

Janajah Hardison, City

Kayla Henderson, Coppin Academy

Mya Henson, City

Trinity Horton, Chesapeake-BC

Josie Klingenberg, Manchester Valley

Janya Lilly, Poly

Taneara Moore, St. Frances

Claire Neff, Maryvale

Aleah Nelson, McDonogh

Imani Reid, Hammond

Mykiah Ross, New Town

Eniyah Russell, IND

Ajae Petty, New Town

Paris Plummer, South River

Makenzie Pollard, Western

Teylah Saunders, Pikesville

Syd Skalstad, Mount de Sales

Mary Price Suter, Notre Dame Prep

Lyric Swann, Long Reach

Dasia Townes, Poly

Tori Valentine, Mount Hebron

Cache’ Waters, Western

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