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Winter 2019-20 All-Junior Team watch lists for girls basketball

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, March 7, 2020, 1:51 pm

As talented as some graduating classes have been in Michigan over the years, the 2011 class doesn’t take a backseat to any of them. The leaders of this year’s junior class — and next year’s crop of Miss Basketball hopefuls — are a deep and talented bunch, making the whittling down of a watch list as hard as next year’s arguments are bound to be over who belongs on the Miss Basketball ballot. 

Here are who we’re keeping an eye on for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, for honors on the STATE CHAMPS! All-Junior Team:

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Damiya “Dee Dee” Hagemann, 5-10 PG, Detroit Edison

First-team D2 AP all-state as a sophomore, one of three players from Edison to make the first team, along with last year’s Miss Basketball, Rickea Jackson, and this year’s Miss Basketball finalist, Gabby Elliott. Also BCAM’s Best in D2. 

Ranked No. 18 in the Class of 2021 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Super 60, and the No. 4 point guard.

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Bree Salenbien, 6-3 W, Adrian Lenawee Christian

The reigning Associated Press D4 player of the Year, and was the only sophomore on the BCAM’s Best of the Best list. 

Ranked No. 31 in the Class of 2021 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Super 60, and the No. 4 wing. 

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A.J. Ediger, 6-2 F, Hamilton

Committed to Iowa in the offseason, the 6-2 forward helped her high-school Hawkeyes make the D2 semifinals as a sophomore. 

Second-team D2 AP all-state as a sophomore, as well as BCAM’s Best in D2.

Ranked No. 51 in the Class of 2021 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Super 60, and the No. 9 post. 

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Ally VanTimmeren, 6-2 F, Jenison

HM D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, HM BCAM’s Best.

Ranked the 12th-best forward in the 2021 class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz. 

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Morasha Wiggins, 5-11 G, Kalamazoo Central (currently injured)

Talent-wise, Wiggins certainly belongs on this list. The production on the court as a senior, though, will be determined by how quickly she comes back from a knee injury that ended her junior season early. 

She was HM D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, as well as BCAM’s Best. 

ESPN ranks her the 19th-best guard nationally in the Class of 2021.

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Kenzie Bowers, 5-10 PG, Kent City

First-team D3 AP all-state as a sophomore, and D3 BCAM’s Best. Became the school’s all-time leading scorer — boys or girls — in the district title game. 

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Abrie Cabana, 5-10 G, Grass Lake

Second-team D3 AP all-state as a sophomore, BCAM’s Best in D3. Committed to Grand Valley during her sophomore season. 

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Ella Stemmer, 5-10 G, Saline

BCAM’s Best in D1, as well as honorable mention D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, already past the 1,000-point plateau. Helped the Hornets tie the program record for wins (21) in a district championship victory over Ann Arbor Huron.

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Jillian Brown, 5-10 G, East Grand Rapids

HM D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, and HM BCAM’s Best. 

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Emaia O’Brien, 5-3 PG, Harper Woods Chandler Park

HM D2 AP all-state as a sophomore, HM BCAM’s Best.

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Kailee Davis, 5-3 PG, Detroit Renaissance

HM D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, Davis led the Phoenix to their first PSL title since 2011, becoming one of the few underclassmen to win Ms. PSL honors. 

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Alana Micheaux, 6-3 F, Wayne Memorial

Has never had a season end prior tot he final four in her high school career. 

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Emma Trombly, 6-0 W, Port Huron

Helped lead the Big Reds to an historic 20-0 regular season and the first-ever MAC tournament championship.