Re: teams to watch City section

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Posted by Too Early on July 17, 2018 at 08:54:19:

In Reply to: Re: teams to watch City section posted by here you go on July 16, 2018 at 16:31:20:

: : who will be the teams to watch this upcoming season?

: Open Division
: 1 Granada
: 2 Granada
: 3 Granada
: 4 Granada
: 5 Granada
: 6Westchester
: 7 Narbonne
: 8 ECR

: Open Watch List- Birmingham

First of all, it's waaaayyyy to early to do this. Kids are still moving around, we don't know if anyone is getting any good frosh.

And while I agree, Granada is probably the City favorite at this point, it is certainly no slam dunk.

Replacing Mitchell and Miranda is a HUGE thing. Especially Mitchell, who was the heart and soul of that team for the last four years. Berfield is a great shooter, but having defenses keying on stopping Mitchell, and having Miranda take defenders to guard her in the high post opened up things for Berfield. Now, all the defenses will key on stopping her. So I see the key to Granada as being the big girl Aiden. She took a big step last year, especially defensively and on the glass. But the big question for Granada - has her offensive game developed to be a threat? And will Honig actually use her, as most of her points were off the offensive boards last year.

Narbonne returns most of last year's team, and while no one really scares you individually, as a team they can be really good. They are super-athletic, and can really crank up the defensive pressure - which as been Granada's weakness. So while Granada is better, the match up may not be good.

Westchester has a couple of nice pieces, but not sure if they have the overall depth of talent needed to make a run. Definitely open team though.

Fairfax will still make Open, and have some nice pieces too. But without Lair, they will have a tough time making a deep run. Her speed and force of will just cannot be replaced.

ECR is always a wild card. On paper, they shouldn't be as good. But with the transfer from Chaminade - who is probably pre-season POY, and a couple of nice junior pieces with lots of varsity experience - they can certainly push Granada. But will they? They need everyone to be on the same page, which hasn't always been the case the last few years. With a year under his belt, maybe the coach can make that happen this year.

Birmingham will be solid - and probably an Open team. But they graduated their top scorer. I haven't seen them this summer to see how they are adjusting to not having her. The Coach runs his program much like Granada so they should get some help from the lower levels.

Eagle Rock may sneak into Open as their league is not very good, but they lost most of their scoring and rebounding, and the girls handling the ball most of the time. This may be a rebuilding year for them.

The team that used to be the given on this list was Palisades. Now they have no coach a month before school. Feel bad for Nwaba. It will be interesting to see if she stays.

Legacy seems to be competitive every year now, but I have not seen them to see how they look this summer. Of the "smaller" schools, they are the one with the best chance to sneak into Open.

My way too early top 4:

1. Granada
2. ECR
3. Narbonne
4. Westchester

Let's do an update come end of October.

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