So it's a bit of a shock that the Gophers' 1st 2012 is the #21 rated player in the gPrep ratings found at www.gprep.net (then click "Ratings")
So gPrep it is. Here are the top guards in the class of 2012 as rated by gPrep on 10-4-10.
1. Tessa Cichy, Hill-Murray
3. Marissa Janning, Watertown-Mayer
4. Whitney Tinjum, Chisago Lakes, G-F
5. Kali Peschel, Sauk Centre
6. Brittney Scherber, Bloomington Jefferson
7. Alexis Foley, White Bear Lake
8. Jen Hill, St. Paul Central
9. Riley Nordgaard, Canby
12. Shayne Mullaney, Eden Prarie
13. Amie Tunheim, Orono
14. Katybeth Biewen, Edina
15. Maria Adanane, Mpls. Southwest
16. Sydney Coffey, Hopkins, G-F
20. Whitney Olson, Cambridge
21. Mikayla Bailey, Osseo
Now, does this make Bailey a bad choice for the Gophers? No. I always thought she was underrated by gPrep and the fact that she plays for the leading girls club, North Tartan, would seem to validate that. But, more to the point, she's a certain type of player. North Tartan program director Bill Larson, who knows a thing or two about girls basketball, was quoted on the Gopher Web site saying, "Mikayla Bailey is definitely a defensive stopper that you are going to want on the floor from beginning to the end of the game. Mikayla is ready for battle every game and brings great energy."
This makes sense. Everybody knows that Pam Borton has been a defense-first recruiter. Whether you agree with it or not, Bailey is her kind of kid. And maybe Bailey is the one girl among the 2012s whom Borton feels will complement offense-first 2011 guard Rachel Banham, rated #18 in the country by HoopGurlz, who is expected to be the Gophers' best guard since, well, you-know-who.
Still, let's be honest. This is a shocker. Her #21 rating is all about offense where Bailey hasn't established herself as an elite guard. Among 2012s, if you're looking to move the ball, you're thinking Mullaney and Scherber and Biewen. If you want scoring, you're thinking Janning and Tinjum and Peschel and Foley and Adanane before you're thinking Bailey.
But the more I think about this, the better it looks. Bailey could be the perfect complement to Banham.
But now, while we're at it, let's quick sign up Jackie Johnson, #2 on gPrep's list of 2012s, okay? The good news is Johnson seems unlikely to end up at Iowa because, in other recruiting news, the Hawks have just announced the signing of 6-3 post Beth Doolittle of Hill-Murray.