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Nevada Preps girls basketball players countdown — No. 3

Centennial’s Daejah Phillips comes in at No. 3 on our list of Southern Nevada’s top girls basketball players.

To create the list, we spoke with coaches from across the valley. A couple of the base questions were: “Who is the top high school girls basketball player today?” and “Who would you pick to start a team?”

Then we grabbed the statistics from last season, looked at the player’s collective rankings on recruiting websites and used our own judgment to fill holes.

Nevada Preps Girls Basketball Players Rank: Centennial’s Daejah Phillips No. 3

Class

2020

Vitals

5 feet, 9 inches

Honors

All-State Second Team (2018)

Last Season’s Stats

Phillips averaged 9.4 points and 8.4 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a fourth consecutive state championship.

What they are saying

— “She’s a totally different player than she was in December,” a Mountain Region coach said. “She’s improved so much with her perimeter skills.”

— “She can play both sides of the court, she can run, she finds way to score the basket and she can play defense,” a Desert Region coach said. “She’s one of the top players for sure.”

Nevada Preps Girls Basketball Players Rank: Bishop Gorman’s Georgia Ohiaeri No. 4

Class

2019

Vitals

6 feet

Honors

All-State Honorable Mention, All-Southwest League Second Team (2018); All-State Honorable Mention, All-Southwest League First-Team (2017)

Last Season’s Stats

Ohiaeri averaged 9.9 points in Southwest League play, leading the Gaels to an 8-4 record and the No. 3 playoff seed.

What they are saying

— “She’s going to be a good college player,” a Desert Region coach said. “I’m excited to see where she goes, because I think college will be where she excels. She knows the game really well and tries to get her teammates involved. She’s athletic. She’s hard to guard. Not many teams have a matchup for her.”

— “It’s a combination of her size and the fact that she can handle the ball, shoot from the outside, score from the inside,” a Desert Region coach said. “She’s kind of the matchup problem for teams.”

— “I think Georgia has one of the biggest potentials as a player in the next level,” a Desert Region coach said. “What she says around her, she’s pretty active as a post.”

Nevada Preps Girls Basketball Players Rank: Desert Oasis’ Desi-Rae Young No. 5

Class

2020

Vitals

6 feet

Honors

All-State Honorable Mention, All-Southwest League Second Team (2018)

Last Season’s Stats

Young averaged 11 points and 6.6 rebounds, leading the Diamondbacks in both categories. She also had 35 steals and shot 59.5 percent from the field.

What they are saying

— “In my opinion, this is going to be her year,” a Desert Region coach said. “She’s the toughest post player that might have come through this town in a while. People don’t like playing against her. That’s what’s so great about her. She finishes well at the basket now. And I think she’s probably the most intimidating player in town.”

— “I think she’s going to be good, I don’t think she’s a top-five kid right now,” a Mountain Region coach said. “She’s a hustle player.”

— “Desi-Rae is a good solid big player, post player. She goes up and gets a rebound, always under the basket,” a Desert Region kid. “She’s gotta be one of the top players for sure.”

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