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Top 10 Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023

Updating the Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 as JuJu Watkins of the USC Trojans leads the way

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By admin | December 8, 2023

Top 10 Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball season is off and running as the calendar rolls into mid-December with only a few weeks remaining in the 2023 calendar year. Entering the season, the expectations were set high for the incoming 2023 Women’s Freshman class. A class that is headlined by USC star freshman guard JuJu Watkins. Watkins who was the overall top recruit headlining the class has gotten off to a hot start for the Trojans while ranking among the top scorers in all of college basketball through her first six games landing her atop the 10 NCAA Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 list.


Watkins, who through six games only trails Caitlin Clark for the NCAA lead in scoring after averaging 27.3 points per game, has been advertised all season.

As Watkins looks to turn around the Trojans while leading them on a deep postseason run with aspirations of winning a National Championship, the entire landscape of Women’s College Basketball is loaded with talented freshmen joining her.

A freshman class that includes the likes of Hannah Hidalgo of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Taliah Scott of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Mia Moore of the UAB Blazers, and Zanai Barnett-Gay of the Navy Midshipmen.

Here is a look at the Top 10 NCAA Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 list:

Honorable Mention

Kailey Woolston

School: BYU Cougars

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Just missing the Top 10 NCAAW Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 list is the BYU Cougars guard Kailey Woolston. Woolston who entered the 2023-2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball season as the 2023 UTAH Gatorade Player of the Year has been solid for the Cougars to start her season off.

After leading her high school team to the state championship, Woolston has helped the Cougars get off to a 7-2 start to the season. Over her first nine games Woolston has posted at least 13 points in seven of nine games while also posting one double double.

Overall, the Cougars guard is averaging 15.1 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists to start her collegiate basketball career.

Stailee Heard

School: Oklahoma State Cowgirls

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Another talented incoming freshman just missing the top freshman in college basketball is Stailee Heard of the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Heard, who was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, elected to stay in state while joining the Cowgirls.

Heard has been solid all season for the Cowgirls posting double figures in six of her first seven games while averaging 14.7 points per game.

The production does not stop there as Heard has also posted at least seven rebounds in five of seven games to start the season while also adding 10 steals on the season. Heard is currently shooting 60.3 percent from the field while ranking 21st in the nation.

Top 10 Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings

10. Summah Hanson

School: Sacramento State Hornets

Position: Forward
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 NCAA Women’s Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 list is the Sacramento State Hornets forward Summah Hanson.

Hanson, who did not receive the same recognition as many of the top incoming freshmen due to her playing her ball at the BA Centre of Excellence in Australia has stepped up big to start the season. The Australian born freshman has posted four double doubles to start the season while also posting at least 14 points in five of her first seven games of the season.

Overall Hanson is averaging 15.7 points per game to go along with 8.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. In addition, Hanson currently ranks 4th among the freshman class in rebounds per game.

9. Addyson Brown

School: Iowa State Cyclones

Position: Forward
Previous Ranking: 9

After losing four players who all averaged at least 10 points per game last season including Ashley Joens, the Iowa State Cyclones turned to a strong recruiting class to start the 2023-2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball season.

A class that featured two top 60 freshmen including Addy Brown who is currently ranked 2nd among the freshman class while averaging 5.4 assists per game.

Brown currently ranks 2nd on the Cyclones in scoring while leading the team in rebounds (7.5) and assists (5.4) per game over her first eight games to start the season. In eight games this season Brown has posted three double doubles while scoring at least double digits in six of her first eight college basketball games.

8. Payton Hull

School: Abilene Christian Wildcats

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

The former Peaster High School star in Texas enters mid-December ranked 63rd in the nation while averaging 17.6 points per game. Overall Hull has posted at least 11 points in six of her first eight games with the Wildcats including two 30 plus point performances.

One of those two performances came in a head to head battle against another top freshman Zanai Barnett-Gay back in late November. The Wildcats guard has also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists to start the season while shooting 49 percent from the field.

7. Raegan McCowan

School: Western Illinois Leathernecks

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Another small name school featuring a high producing freshman is the Western Illinois Leathernecks who has seen Raegan McCowan get off to a hot start to start her college basketball career.

McCowan, who is from Lebanon, Missouri entered the 2023-2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball season unranked among the top incoming freshmen including being ranked among the top 100 freshman entering school.

Nonetheless the Leathernecks guard has produced among the best in the country while averaging 17.6 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists to start the season. Entering the second full week of December, McCowan has posted at least double digit point totals in eight of her first nine games while also adding at least five rebounds in seven games.

6. Mikaylah Williams

School: LSU Tigers

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: 3

The overall 2nd ranked incoming freshman recruit Mikaylah Williams has gotten her college career off to a hot start for the red hot LSU Tiger. The Tigers, who are as loaded as any team in the country while looking to repeat as Women’s National Champions, have won eight of their first nine games to start the season.

Some of that success is due to Williams’ strong play at the guard position while averaging 17.8 points per game to go along with 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

The Tigers guard posted her best game of the season back in mid-November scoring 42 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the Tigers 109-79 blowout win over the Kent State Golden Flashes.

5. Zanai Barnett-Gay

School: Navy Midshipmen

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 NCAAW Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 list is the Navy Midshipmen’s guard Zanai Barnett-Gay.

Barnett-Gay who is one of four freshman women’s basketball players to average at least 20 points per game to start the season, has averaged 20.1 points over her first eight games to start the season.

The production does not stop there as the Midshipmen guard has also added nearly seven rebounds per game (6.8) to go along with 3.8 assists. On the defensive end of the floor Barnett-Gay has been brilliant as well, averaging 3.1 steals per game while posting at least three steals in five games to start the season.

4. Mia Moore

School: UAB Blazers

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

A surprising name joining the list of the top performing women’s college basketball freshmen is the UAB Blazers guard Mia Moore. Moore, who was not ranked within the Top 100 freshman entering the season, has shined to start the season.

Moore, who is from Alpharetta, Georgia is currently ranked 57th in the nation in scoring while averaging 18 points per game over her first eight games during the 2023-2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball season.

In addition, Moore currently ranks 2nd among the incoming freshmen while averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. The Blazers guard has also delivered three double doubles over her first eight games to start the season.

3. Taliah Scott

School: Arkansas Razorbacks

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: Unranked

One of three NCAA women’s freshmen to average at least 23 points per game to start the season, Taliah Scott has jumped right into producing for the Arkansas Razorbacks this season.

Scott, who entered the season ranked as the 11th overall recruit according to the espnW rankings is currently averaging 23.8 points per game over her first 10 games with the Razorbacks.

The former five-star recruit from the Saint John’s Country Day School in Florida has posted at least 21 points in seven of her first 10 games this season including a season high 34 points back in mid-November. Scott has also delivered 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game to start the season while helping the Lady Razorbacks get off to an 8-2 start to the season.

2. Hannah Hidalgo

School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: 5

After entering the season ranked 5th among the incoming women’s freshman class, Hannah Hidalgo has lived up to the hype while starting off her career fast.

The talented point guard currently ranks 7th among the leading scorers in college basketball while averaging 23.6 points per game over her first eight games with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In addition to her scoring the Fighting Irish point guard currently ranks 31st in the nation in assists while averaging 5.5 per game.

Even more impressive has Hidalgo’s play on the defensive end of the floor posting at least three steals in all eight games while posting a career high 12 in her second game with the club.

1. JuJu Watkins

School: USC Trojans

Position: Guard
Previous Ranking: 1

In easily at the top spot among the Top 10 NCAAW Freshman College Basketball Rankings 2023-2024 list is the USC Trojans JuJu Watkins.

Watkins started off her college basketball career posting her first 30 point performance finishing with 32 points while leading the Trojans to an 83-74 win over the 7th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

Over the next six games, Watkins has posted at least 30 points in four of the six games while leading the Trojans to the Baha Mar Pink Flamingo Championship. Overall Watkins is averaging 27.3 points per game to go along with 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

How would you rank these college basketball freshmen for the 2023-2024 season? Rank below to be added in the NCAA Power Rankings.

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  1. Addyson Brown

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  2. Mia Moore

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  3. Addy Brown

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  4. Kailey Woolston

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  5. Summah Hanson

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  6. Meghan Andersen

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  7. Raegan McCowan

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  9. Mikaylah Williams

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  10. Taliah Scott

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