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The top 65 freshmen to know heading into the 2022-23 college women’s basketball season

By Donnie Woods, 09/27/22, 11:15AM CDT


Justine Pissott, Lady Vols

We saw players like Aneesah Marrow, Rori Harmon, Serena Sundell and plenty more make an impact in their freshman years last season. As we inch closer to the start of college women’s basketball we wanted to take a look at 65 names, who might have similar production as first-year players in the 2022-2023 season. 


  • Ruby Whitehorn, G, Clemson
  • Ashlon Jackson, G, Duke
  • Shay Bollin, PF, Duke
  • Ta’Niya Latson, G, Florida State
  • Nyla Harris, F, Louisville
  • Imani Lester, F, Louisville
  • Lazaria Spearman, F, Miami
  • Paulina Paris, G, North Carolina
  • KK Bransford, SG, Notre Dame

“KK is athletic combo guard that can take over and dominate a game, Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey said. “She is known for her quickness, athleticism, passing, and scoring skillset. Bransford led Mount Notre Dame to a combined 111-3 overall record and was named back-to-back Ms. Ohio.


Big Ten

  • Lexus Bargesser, PG, Indiana
  • Hannah Stuelke, SF, Iowa
  • Jada Gyamfi, SF, Iowa
  • Taylor McCabe, G, Iowa
  • Abbey Kimball, G, Michigan State
  • Theryn Hallock, G, Michigan State

“Theryn brings a toughness, energy, and grit to the basketball court,” Michigan State head coach Merchant said. “Her ability to effect the game on both ends of the floor, as well as play multiple positions for us will make an immediate impact on our program. Her skill set is off the charts.”

  • Mara Braun, G, Minnesota
  • Maggie Mendelson, F, Nebraska
  • Callin Hake, G, Nebraska
  • Cotie McMahon, SF, Ohio State
  • Antonia Bates, G, Rutgers


Big 12

  • Darianna Buggs,SF, Baylor
  • Mikayla Parks, G, Kansas State
  • Michayla Gatewood G, Kansas State
  • Beatrice Culliton, C, Oklahoma

“Beatrice will automatically add to our versatility at the post position,” Oklahoma head coach Jennie Baranczyk said. “She is a strong physical presence and has a passion for doing the ‘Dirty Work’.”

  • Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda, G, Texas
  • Amina Muhammad, PF, Texas


  • Maya Nnaji, PF, Arizona
  • Amaya Bonner, G, Cal
  • Kiki Rice, G, UCLA
  • Londynn Jones, G, UCLA
  • Gabriela Jaquez, F, UCLA
  • Kennedy Basham, F, Oregon
  • Jennah Isai, G, Oregon
  • Grace VanSlooten, F, Oregon
  • Lily Hansford, G, Oregon StateLily Hansford, Oregon State

Lily Hansford is one the top 3-point shooters in the 2022 class and is part of the highest ranked signing class in program history.

  • Timea Gardiner, G, Oregon State
  • Adlee Blacklock, G, Oregon State
  • Raegan Beers, F, Oregon State
  • Indya Nivar, SG, Stanford
  • Lauren Betts, C, Stanford
  • Naya Ojukwu, C, Utah
  • Elle Louise Ladine, SG, Washington



  • Sydney Shaw, G, Auburn
  • Amiya Evans, F, Georgia
  • Saniah Tyler, G, Kentucky
  • Amiya Jenkins, G, Kentucky
  • Cassidy Rowe, G, Kentucky
  • Flaujae Johnson, G, LSU
  • Alisa Williams, G, LSU
  • Debreashae Powe, SF, Mississippi State
  • Ashlyn Watkins, F. South Carolina
  • Talaysia Cooper, G. South Carolina
  • Justine Pissott, F, Tennessee
  • Sydney Bowles, G, Texas A&M
  • Janiah Barker, F, Texas A&MJaniah Barker, Texas A&M

“Barker is the highest ranked high school prospect to sign with the Aggies and is one of the most versatile players in the 2022,” Texas A&M head coach Taylor said. “Janiah has a game savviness, competitiveness, and electric personality that make her one of the best players in the 2022 class.”


Non Power-Five Players 

  • Ice Brady, F, UConn
  • Ayanna Patterson, F, UConn

“Ayanna Patterson has incredible athletic ability and the places she can get to on the court,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “Offensively and defensively, I think she’s going to have a huge impact right away because of those two things.”

  • Christina Midgette, G, Colgate
  • Emajin McCallop, Alabama A&M
  • Faith Pappas, G, Fordham
  • Hallie Rhodes, G, Morehead State
  • Jayden Rhodes, G, Morehead State
  • Jordan Meulemans, G, Butler
  • Amiya Joyner, PF, East Carolina
  • Brooklyn Meyer, F, South Dakota State

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