Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) 5-11 | Senior | Guard | Connecticut
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Preseason awards are like appetizers — they set the stage but don't define the meal.
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.
we're confident 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.
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
MaxPreps 2018-19 Preseason Girls Basketball All-American Teams
The best player on perhaps the most talented team in the country, Bueckers averaged 24.3 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 4.7 steals for unbeaten Hopkins last year. Don't be surprised if she's even better this season.Kamilla Cardoso, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
6-6 | Senior | Center | Syracuse
The Brazilian post is a beast on the block, following in the footsteps of other Brazilian power players (Erika de Souza, to name just one) who made an impact in North America. Cardoso, though, is the first to play on a nationally ranked high school team.Caitlin Clark, Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa)
5-11 | Senior | Guard | Iowa
Iowa teams in general, and Dowling Catholic in particular, don't travel much at all, so Clark is relative unknown outside the Midwest — though certainly not to college coaches. And in a major coup for Iowa, Clark and her 32.5 points per game will play for the Hawkeyes in college.Olivia Miles, Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.)
5-10 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
A consummate point guard who can also score and rebound, and that combination of skills makes her one of the most sought-after recruits in the Class of 2021.Angel Reese, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
6-3 | Senior | Forward | Maryland
It's one thing to average a double-double; Reese nearly averaged a 20-20 last year. But don't think those 22.6 points and 19.3 rebounds a game came against a parade of inferior opponents — St. Frances played some of the nation's best teams.Second Team
Diamond Johnson, Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)
5-5 | Senior | Guard | Uncommitted
She might not have height, but her strength and skills make her an almost impossible cover at the high school level — as her 28.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game attest.Raven Johnson, Westlake (Atlanta)
5-8 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted)
She will have a chance to prove that her spectacular 2018-19 numbers — 27.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.4 apg and 3.5 spg — were more than just a product of weaker competition. This year, Westlake upgraded its schedule, but few expect Johnson's production to drop off as a result.Mir McLean, Roland Park Country (Baltimore)
5-11 | Senior | Forward | Connecticut
Her 18.3 points a game may not dazzle like other averages on this list, but like Diamond Johnson, she recorded them against top-shelf opponents. Oh, and she added an impressive 12.9 rebounds a game as well.
Sydney Parrish, Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)
6-0 | Senior | Guard | Oregon
Indiana is considered by many to be the heartbeat of basketball, and Parrish led her team to the state title in the top division — averaging 21.0 points and 6.9 rebounds a game along the way.Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington, N.C.)
6-0 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
Arguably the best player to come out of the Tar Heel State in the past five years, Rivers is a tall, athletic guard who not only scores (24.8 ppg) and rebounds (12.4 rpg), but also defends.
6-4 | Senior | Forward | Stanford
Brink transferred to a school closer to her home, and takes with her freakish athleticism for a 6-4 post, along with her 21.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.Brooke Demetre, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
6-2 | Junior | Wing 2021 | Stanford
Demetre's numbers don't dazzle, but a 6-2 power player who can shoot 3-pointers and dominate the game in the paint is a valuable piece in any puzzle — and even more so in ultra-competitive Southern California.
5-10 | Senior | Guard | Iowa State
Donarski is a great get for the Cyclones, and her 23.2 points per game are only part of a package that includes running a team, defending and rebounding.Jana Van Gytenbeek, Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
5-7 | Senior | Guard | Stanford
Well, we could call our third team the Stanford All-Stars, as Van Gytenbeek, Demetre and Brink will combine to keep Tara VanDerveer on the sidelines for another five seasons — that is, if Tara likes winning.Jada Walker, New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
5-6 | Junior | Guard | Uncommitted
New Hope coach Sam Caldwell can't say enough about Walker's commitment and work ethic, and opponents can't figure out how to stop her from scoring (23 points a game). And she is the lead guard on the defending national champs — and preseason No. 1.