UConn Leads All Schools with Three Commits on the Watch List

ATLANTA (November 15, 2022) – The watch list for the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year was announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, with the nation’s marquee players leading the way. Sidwell Friends School has the opportunity to claim back-to-back honorees with top prospect Jayden Donovan, after Kiki Rice won the award a season ago.

“This group of young women is as talented as we have ever seen,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We are excited to watch them compete this season and see their progression and development throughout the 2022-23 season.”

UConn leads all schools with three commits on the watch list, and experience dominates the list with 38 seniors represented. Sophomores Aaliyah Chavez, Jasmine Davidson and ZaKiyah Johnson are the only underclassmen on the list.

“Jersey Mike’s believes in the importance of high school sports,” said Jeff Hemschoot, vice president of marketing, Jersey Mike’s. “We are thrilled to be a part of another great year of girls high school basketball and look forward to honoring a deserving athlete at the end of the season.”

The five finalists will be announced in February and the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Trophy Girls honor will be awarded in March 2023.

2023 Naismith High School Girl's Player of the Year Watch List

Sunaja AgaraSeniorGMinnetonka, MNHopkins High SchoolStanford
Kamorea ArnoldSeniorPGGermantown, WIGermantown High SchoolUConn
Carys BakerSeniorFWindsor, CTLoomis Chaffee SchoolVirginia Tech
Sofia BellSeniorWPortland, ORJesuit High SchoolOregon
Madison BookerSeniorWRidgeland, MSGermantown High SchoolTexas
Zoe BrooksSeniorGPlainfield, NJSaint John Vianney HighNC State
Jaloni CambridgeJuniorPGNashville, TNThe Ensworth School
Justice CarltonJuniorFKaty, TXSeven Lakes High School
Aaliyah ChavezSophomorePGLubbock, TXMonterey High School
Essence CodySeniorPValdosta, GAValdosta High SchoolAlabama
Diana CollinsSeniorPGLilburn, GABrookwood High SchoolOhio State
Breya CunninghamSeniorPChula Vista, CALa Jolla Country Day SchoolArizona
Jasmine DavidsonSophomoreWClackamas, ORClackamas High School
Aalyah Del RosarioSeniorPNashville, TNThe Webb SchoolLSU
Jadyn DonovanSeniorGWashington, DCSidwell Friends SchoolDuke
Joyce EdwardsJuniorFCamden, SCCamden High School
Milaysia FulwileySeniorPGColumbia, SCW.J. Keenan High School
Hannah HidalgoSeniorPGHaddonfield, NJPaul VI High School
Sahnya JahSeniorWMontverde, FLMontverde AcademySouth Carolina
Kymora JohnsonSeniorGCharlottesville, VASaint Anne's-Belfield SchoolVirginia
Tessa JohnsonSeniorGAlbertville, MNSaint Michael Albertville HighSouth Carolina
ZaKiyah JohnsonSophomoreGShelbyville, KYSacred Heart Academy
Ari LongSeniorPGMoreno Valley, CAValley View High SchoolWashington
Amanda MuseSeniorPBrentwood, CAHeritage High SchoolUCLA
Riley NelsonSeniorWClarksburg, MDBullis SchoolMaryland
Mackenzie NelsonSeniorPGGreenwich, CTSt. Luke's SchoolVirginia Tech
S'mya NicholsSeniorWOverland Park, KSShawnee Mission West High SchoolKansas
Courtney OgdenSeniorWAtlanta, GAWestminster SchoolStanford
Olivia OlsonJuniorPGSaint Louis Park, MNBenilde Saint Margaret HighMichigan
Britt PrinceJuniorPGElkhorn, NEElkhorn North High School
Cassandre ProsperSeniorFRosemere, Quebec, CANCairine Wilson Secondary School
Laila ReynoldsSeniorGBrandywine, MDShabach Christian Academy
Amiyah ReynoldsSeniorGWashington, INWashington High SchoolMaryland
Emma RischSeniorGMelbourne, FLPalm Bay MagnetNotre Dame
Qadence SamuelsSeniorFForestville, MDBishop McNamara High SchoolUConn
Taliah ScottSeniorGOrange Park, FLSaint John's Country Day SchoolArkansas
Sayvia SellersSeniorPGAnchorage, AKAnchorage Christian SchoolsWashington
Ashlynn ShadeSeniorGNoblesville, INLa Lumiere SchoolUConn
Sarah StrongJuniorFFuquay-Varina, NCGrace Academy NC
Adhel TacJuniorPGrand Prairie, TXSouth Grand Prairie High School
Delaney ThomasSeniorFWashington, DCSt. John's College High SchoolDuke
Blanca ThomasJuniorPCharlotte, NCCharlotte Catholic High School
Ciera ToomeySeniorPDunmore, PADunmore High SchoolNorth Carolina
Letycia VasconcelosSeniorPMontverde, FLMontverde AcademyBaylor
Sammie WagnerSeniorWSan Antonio, TXRonald Reagan High SchoolOregon
Judea WatkinsSeniorGLos Angeles, CASierra Canyon High School
Mikaylah WilliamsSeniorGBossier City, LAParkway High SchoolLSU
Jada WilliamsSeniorPGLa Jolla, CALa Jolla Country Day SchoolArizona
Sahara WilliamsSeniorWWaterloo, IAWest High SchoolOklahoma
Allie ZiebellJuniorGNeenah, WINeenah High School


Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.


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