Madison Austin, Horizon, Jr., F: A two-year starter on one of the best 5A-II teams in the state, Austin is on the verge of becoming a nightly double-double producer in the paint.
Shea Brown, Red Mountain, Jr., F: Lions hoping for a breakout season from the 6-foot-3 Brown. She has Division I schools interested and will be a big cog in the middle defensively for a sneaky-competitive Red Mountain squad.
Arnecia Hawkins, Mountain View, Jr., G: ASU-bound guard sat out last season after she transferred from Red Mountain. She averaged 10 points, 2.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game as a freshman in 2008. She’ll carry the load early while the Toros have a whole new starting lineup.
Kailee Magazzeni, Highland, Sr., F: Averaged 10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2 spg, 1.1 bpg in 2009-2010 and will do even more inside damage with the young-but-experienced Hawks.
Je Zhe Newton, Chandler, Jr., F: One of any number of key components to this year’s Chandler team. Newton averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game in ‘09-10. Consistency will be key for her and if she finds it, the Wolves will be as good as anyone in the state.
Chelsea Pullam, Hamilton, Sr., F: Hard to single out one player in Hamilton’s skilled starting lineup, but Pullam averaged a double-double last year, and has been in the top five in Class 5A in rebounding the last two years.
Michaela Ramirez, Salt River, Sr., G: Couldn’t be stopped in 1A (23.3 ppg, 4 spg, 3 rpg, 2 apg) as she led Salt River to the 1A championship. Eagles lost a lot of supporting cast, so Ramirez will be counted on even more.
Gabby Washington, Desert Ridge, Sr., F: Headed to Sacred Heart University next year, she’s a two-time region player of year (Pima and East Sky) and still averaged 15 points per game despite missing nearly half the 2009-2010 season with injuries.
Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic, Sr., F: The dynamic duo of Wirth and Kayla Bustos is back for the defending 4A-II champs. Wirth’s size and skill-set are unmatched in 4A-II as she averaged 17.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1.4 bpg. If she improves her free throw shooting, look out.
Ashton Wolf, Valley Christian, Sr., G: Speaking of dynamic duos, Wolf and Stacey Jones are that tandem for the 2A champs. An all-state player, Wolf put up 11.3 points, five steals and four assists per game and had an excellent summer.