Video: Preseason girls Top 25 basketball rankings
Perennial New York City powerhouse begins the season on top.
Preseason awards are like appetizers — they set the stage but don't define the meal.
We're happy to highlight 15 players on these three teams, but rest assured there are just as many who could make an equal claim to be on the list.
Still, we're confident that the girls we've named will, barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, not only shine at the high school level but move on to success in college.
Then again, it will be no surprise at all if girls who aren't on the Preseason All-American list turn out to be the ones who wind up with the postseason glory.
MaxPreps 2018-19 Preseason Girls Basketball All-American Teams
First team6-4 | Senior | Post | Undecided
Boston is one of a dying breed — a back-to-the-basket post who sets up on the block and uses her size, strength and skill to control the game. She's also a defensive stalwart with shot-blocking skills, and is the biggest remaining post prize in the Class of 2019.Azzi Fudd, St. John's (Washington, D.C.)5-10 | Sophomore | Guard | Undecided
Yes, the first name is a nod to former Stanford star Jennifer Azzi, and the sophomore might even better her namesake's impressive list of accomplishments. Fudd will likely be at shooting guard for preseason No. 2 St. John's, and even as a sophomore, will be expected to carry much of the offensive load.Jordan Horston, Africentric Early College (Columbus, Ohio) 6-1 | Senior | Guard | Tennessee
Explosively athletic, Horston also brings an almost complete tool belt of skills to the court — all that's lacking at this point is a consistent 3-point shot. For preseason No. 8 Africentric, however, she's surrounded by so much talent she won't have to do much more than go to her many strengths.Haley Jones, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)6-0 | Senior | Guard | Undecided
You hear it a lot — "She can play one through five" — but it's usually hyperbolic wishful thinking. But not in this case, as Jones is tall enough and strong enough to work on the block in high school, and can shift to the point if the offense stagnates. Many feel she is the best player in the country, and whichever college lands her will likely have a four-year star.Diamond Miller, Franklin (Somerset, N.J.)6-1 | Senior | Shooting guard | Maryland
The prototypical 21st century wing, Miller is tall, long, athletic and skilled. She can get to the rim, pull up in the mid-range and knock down the three as well as distribute and defend. And with her length and size, she's a matchup nightmare.Second teamKierstan Bell, McKinley (Canton, Ohio)6-1 | Senior | Guard | Ohio State
Bell is an under-the-radar star, as she doesn't play for one of the top summer clubs, and her high school team doesn't travel out of state — but college scouts and talent evaluators know full well that her court vision, athleticism and all-around skills will make a smooth transition to the college level.Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)5-11 | Junior | Guard | Undecided
A classic point guard, Bueckers runs the show for perennial power Hopkins (No. 25 in preseason) and has no problem putting up points if that's what her team needs. Minnesota schools are travel-restricted, so few outside the state will get a chance to see the top prospect in the Class of 2020 this season.Zia Cooke, Rogers (Toledo, Ohio)5-9 | Senior | Guard | South Carolina
Another uber-athletic guard, Cooke makes up for her relative lack of size with strength and the ability to draw contact on drives. She's especially dangerous in transition, either finishing or distributing.Charisma Osborne, Windward (Los Angeles)5-9 | Senior | Guard | UCLA
Osborne is a combo guard with an impressive skill set, but she's also one of those players who rises to the occasion. She led Windward to the California Open Division title last year, which is especially impressive when you consider the competition includes 1,300+ schools in the state. Ashley Owusu, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)5-9 | Senior | Guard | Maryland
In an era that loves long, lean wings, Owusu is a throwback power player from the perimeter, attacking the basket like a running back driving into the end zone from three yards out. Paul VI may be down a little this year, but with Owusu on the floor, PVI cannot be taken lightly.
Third teamCaitlin Clark, Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa)5-11 | Junior | Guard | Undecided
Leadership, court awareness and elite playmaking make Clark the consensus best player in Iowa and one of the best in the country. But like Paige Bueckers, another guard with a similar skill set, Iowa teams are limited when it comes to traveling, so Clark will mainly be a local phenomenon.Rickea Jackson, Edison Academy (Detroit)6-2 | Senior | Wing | Undecided
Yet another athletic, versatile wing who can get to the rim, hit mid-range jumpers and nail 3-pointers, Jackson is one of the many 6-foot-plus players no longer nailed to the block just because of height. Oh, did we mention she's a nightmare in transition?Angel Reese, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)6-3 | Junior | Forward | Undecided
Reese is a throwback in these everybody-shoots-threes days — she stays close to the paint and blocks shots, rebounds and scores around the rim. She's a powerful presence, no doubt, but she also brings skill and some finesse to the table as well.Kaelynn Satterfield, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)6-0 | Senior | Guard | Ohio State
Preseason No. 1 Christ the King is loaded with talent, but Satterfield's combination of versatility, physicality, court awareness and outstanding defense help her stand out. She also possess a vastly underrated skill: The ability to draw fouls and score at the line.Celeste Taylor, Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.)5-11 | Senior | Wing | Texas
There aren't many players on these kinds of lists who earn their position by being a dominant defender, but the athletic, competitive Taylor is the exception. Of course she can score as well, especially around the basket, but her defense sets her apart.