Preseason Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class!

Asia Durr

It is that time of year once again! The start of the new women’s college basketball season is upon us with multiple story lines and players to watch for. This also means the women’s college basketball players rankings are back! This is the third year of compiling these rankings and they take a lot of time, energy and effort. It is a pleasure to do them every year, but keep in mind that these rankings can change from now until March. I have received tons of feedback over the years on these rankings and it is great to see how they have been received from the women’s basketball community. Thank you all for the constant support on these rankings. I sincerely appreciate it.

The preseason rankings are combined of a combination of what happened last year and what is most likely predicted this season from the players. Remember, this list can change and new players can be added OR subtracted from the list. These rankings can change and are updated weekly. These rankings are designed to help gauge who really are the top players in women’s college basketball and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to read the FAQ regarding these rankings. Any additional questions or queries, leave them in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Listed below are the preseason rankings for the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for 2018-2019. Curious to see who made last year’s preseason rankings? Click here for that list.

*Note: Only active players are listed below. Transfer and or red-shirt players are included if they are playing this season*

SENIORS

  1. Asia Durr – Louisville
  2. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  3. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  4. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  5. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  6. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  7. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  8. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  9. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  10. Kristine Anigwe – California
  11. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  12. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  13. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  14. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame
  15. Caliya Robinson – Georgia
  16. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  17. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota
  18. Lashaan Higgs – Texas
  19. Kennedy Burke – UCLA
  20. Alanna Smith – Stanford
  21. Naomi Davenport – West Virginia
  22. Alexis Jennings – South Carolina
  23. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  24. Kianna Ibis – Arizona State
  25. Paris Kea – North Carolina
  26. Maite Cazorla – Oregon
  27. Teniya Page – Penn State
  28. Kiara Leslie – NC State
  29. Amy Okonkwo – TCU
  30. Jaisa Nunn – New Mexico State
  31. Mart’e Grays – DePaul
  32. Carmen Grande – Ball State
  33. Chanette Hicks – Virginia Tech
  34. Zykera Rice – Gonzaga
  35. Chloe Jackson – LSU
  36. Rosemarie Julien – FGCU

JUNIORS

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  3. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  4. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  5. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  6. Bella Alarie – Princeton
  7. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  8. Tiana Mangakahia – Syracuse
  9. Taryn McCutcheon – Michigan State
  10. Kelly Jekot – Villanova
  11. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  12. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  13. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  14. Peyton Williams – Kansas State
  15. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  16. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  17. Ayana Mitchell – LSU
  18. Hannah Whitish – Nebraska
  19. Ciara Duffy – South Dakota
  20. DiJonai Carrington – Stanford
  21. Mackenzie Meyer – Iowa
  22. Shay Colley – Michigan State
  23. Reili Richardson – Arizona State
  24. Kelly Campbell – DePaul
  25. Becca Hitner – Drake
  26. Nicea Eliely – Nebraska
  27. Jeannie Boehm – Harvard

SOPHOMORES

  1. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  2. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  3. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  4. Annika Jank – Colorado
  5. Kate Cain – Nebraska
  6. Evina Westbrook – Tennessee
  7. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina
  8. Kianna Smith – California
  9. Shaina Pellington – Oklahoma
  10. Karissa McLaughlin – Purdue
  11. Hailey Brown – Michigan
  12. Mia Davis – Temple
  13. Mykea Gray – Miami
  14. Elah Parker – Penn
  15. Karly Murphy – Green Bay
  16. Kianna Williams – Stanford
  17. Bianca Jackson – South Carolina
  18. Sidney Cooks – Michigan State

FRESHMEN

  1. Charli Collier – Texas
  2. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  3. Shakira Austin – Maryland
  4. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  5. Olivia Nelson – Ododa – Connecticut
  6. Destanni Henderson – South Carolina
  7. Catherine Reese – Arizona
  8. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  9. Aquira DeCosta – Baylor

One thought on “Preseason Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class!

  1. Dear Ms. Khan:
    I don’t know where you factor in grad students (who in this case is in her 4th year of eligibility), but I’d have to think you’d want to include Notre Dame Center Brianna Turner in your senior list. She’s nowhere to be found and was, after all, an All-American as a junior before being hurt.

    Also, no Marina Mabrey? Pre-season first-team All-ACC choice?

    Lastly, Ms. Howard is now playing for Mississippi State.

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