Naismith High School All-American Teams

CamrnCrz1974 said: ↑ To be fair, these are not “rankings,” but honors incorporating high school season performances, not just AAU and USA Basketball (which is what most rating services use).
As for getting the best players, obviously, UConn cannot get “all of the best players,” given roster limitations, desire for playing time, etc. So that is an incorrect narrative by some media members and analysts (which is why I wish it was not being said).
That being said, for the high school classes of 2012-2017:
ESPN/Hoopgurlz
#1 Megan Walker (2017)
#1 Katie Lou Samuelson (2015)
#1 Breanna Stewart (2012)
#2 Moriah Jefferson (2012)
#3 Crystal Dangerfield (2016)
#6 Napheesa Collier (2015)
#6 Morgan Tuck (2012)
#14 Mikayla Coombs (2017)
#14 Gabbie Williams (2014)
#29 Lexi Gordon (2017)
#33 Kia Nurse (2014)
#37 Andra Espinoza-Hunter (2017)
#75 Saniya Chong (2013)
Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report
#1 Megan Walker (2017)
#1 Katie Lou Samuelson (2015)
#1 Breanna Stewart (2012)
#3 Crystal Dangerfield (2016)
#3 Morgan Tuck (2012)
#5 Moriah Jefferson (2012)
#6 Napheesa Collier (2015)
#13 Mikayla Coombs (2017)
#14 Gabbie Williams (2014)
#17 Andra Espinoza-Hunter (2017)
#22 Saniya Chong (2013)
#31 Lexi Gordon (2017)
#33 Kia Nurse (2014)
All Star Girls Report
#1 Katie Lou Samuelson (2015)
#1 Breanna Stewart (2012)
#2 Megan Walker (2017)
#2 Crystal Dangerfield (2016)
#2 Gabby Williams (2014)
#2 Moriah Jefferson (2012)
#3 Napheesa Collier (2015)
#4 Mikayla Coombs (2017)
#4 Morgan Tuck (2012)
#11 Lexi Gordon (2017)
#14 Kia Nurse (2014)
#15 Andra Espinoza-Hunter (2017)
#20 Saniya Chong (2013)
Prospects Nation
#1 Megan Walker (2017)
#1 Kia Nurse (2014 – International List)
#2 Katie Lou Samuelson (2015)
#4 Crystal Dangerfield (2016)
#6 Napheesa Collier (2015)
#18 Gabby Williams (2014)
#22 Lexi Gordon (2017)
#31 Mikayla Coombs (2017)
#32 Andra Espinoza-Hunter (2017)
#75 Saniya Chong (2013)
***NOTE: Prospects Nation did not do 2012 rankings; first year was 2013
***NOTE: Not counting players like Sadie Edwards, De’Janae Boykin, etc. who transferred; also not counting
***NOTE: I got buried at work, so I did not have time to go through the archives for the Blue Star rankings
In any event, while UConn does not get all of the top players, the rankings certainly show that UConn gets plenty of them – not just top ten kids, but top 5/top 6 kids and in successive years.
Now, how they develop while on campus is incredible. The players on these lists who have come to UConn have all improved in each successive year, which is a testament to the tremendous coaching and player development of Geno Auriemma and his staff. Click to expand… Thanks Cam!
That is a six year span (and I think maybe the best six years in terms of ranked HS recruits in their history.) Using 24 as the cutoff for AA status (and I think it works out by actual AAs) that is 9 AA quality players, so 1.5 AAs every year, and a rolling team total of 6 on the team every year. Definitely a recipe for a consistently good team – what is more impressive is that those 9 players are heavily weighted toward top ten with 7 players in the top 6 of their class or a little over one each year. It would be interesting to see what the numbers look like at Baylor, ND, Duke, TN, MD and SC because I think the numbers would be generally similar for AAs but not for the top heavy status of those AAs. It is a fairly small universe that monopolizes the AAs every year.
And as you point out, there are very few duds in the UConn recruiting (that stick around) and they never rest on what they have accomplished yesterday, but are always working to become better and succeeding in that endeavor.