Sneak Peak at the Updated Rankings
After the high school season and first evaluation period it’s time to update the rankings! We’re going to give you a quick look at the top five in each classification before the new update comes out in the next couple of days. Lets get the conversation started about OUR girls. Let us know who we missed by commenting on all social media platforms. Keep it positive and remember the only purpose of these rankings is to get people talking about Louisiana girls basketball… so let the conversation begin!
2023 Class Top 5
No major surprises to the top 5 in this classification as we have all 5 of these young ladies with a division I rating you can make a few arguments of who should be placed where but its clear this group continues to get the job done on the court as they all had great high school seasons!
Mikaylah Williams - Parkway High School
This years Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year continues to showcase her skills on the court holding down the number one ranking in not only Louisiana but the world as she’s the top recruit and is ranked #1 in the class of 2023 according to ESPNW. With the recent news she received an invitation to compete with team USA where she’ll have an opportunity compete in the FIBA world championship! If you call yourself a basketball fan do yourself a favor and catch 4-5 Parkway games (bring as many young hoopers as you can) this upcoming season because we’ll be talking about Ms. Williams for years to come! Scary thing is she keeps getting better and better!
Paris Guillory - St Louis Catholic
*Lake City Pride
After coming off back to back state championships Paris continues to defend her spot as one of the top two way players in the state! Her and her teammates didn’t shy away from the competition compiling a record of 29-3 competing against some of the top teams in the state. The 5’8 guard brings a strong and physical frame to court which allows her to create space when getting to the rim. She’s a competitor and loves the big games! The saying goes “guards win games” meaning if you have good guard play you’re more likely to win… in this case “Paris Guillory wins games”.
Chrysta Narcisse- Lafayette High School
Chrysta was the anchor for arguably the most talented team in the state this year as Lafayette went toe to toe with everyone before falling short in the semifinals in an epic battle versus Parkway. The thing I enjoyed and took note of this year with Chrysta was her ability to play with so much talent around her. She played on and off the ball, when her shot wasn’t falling she turned it up even more on defense. She fed the hot hand, she took over when she needed… she proved no matter her role at the next level she can excel at it and because of this experienxe I think she’ll have one of the easiest times transitioning to the next level.
Jermesha Frierson - Southwood High School
*Lake City Pride
Jermesha has helped put Southwood girls basketball back in the spotlight as they finished a great year making a deep run! The head to head match up versus East St John is the reason she’s jumped into the 4th spot of our rankings. With a big road win in the 5A playoffs she lead her team with 26pte scoring 12 of those in overtime in one of the most exciting games we saw all season. Following our Challenge event this April she’s picked up her first offer from Loyola New Orleans and is really trending in the right direction. I look for her to have a big May evaluation period after being limited with an ankle sprain in April. This young lady is truly under the radar and a sure fire D1 prospect…just goes to show you how big of an impact this extra year of eligibility due to Covid has affected our high school student athletes opportunities. The Covid year and transfer portal is making things tough but be sure to note wherever she lands she’ll be huge asset!
Jasmine Matthews - East St John High School
You can make an argument for Jazz to be as high as number 2 in our rankings and I would have no problem with that argument! She lead the ESJ team to a 25-3 regular season record and a 7th seed in the playoffs. Another great year and 5A all state as she continues to rack up on the hardware. Having seen her multiple times in the past month she’s in the best shape of her life and shooting the 3pt ball really well. While we flipped her and Frierson after the head to head match up in the playoffs… Jazz is already making a case to get that spot back and even more after dropping a 40 piece last evaluation period expect much of the same during the May evaluations!