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Women’s College Basketball Freshmen 2023 Rankings

Ranking the best women’s college basketball freshmen going into the 2023 New Year as Ta’Niya Latson goes from unranked to Top #1

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By Fan Rankings | October 28, 2022 - 07:17 PM

The next wave of talented women’s college basketball players have arrived on campuses across the country while already making key impacts on the hardwood.

As you start to look at many of the top recruited women’s college basketball freshmen, many are putting together strong starts to their college resume.

This includes the 10 freshman women’s basketball players landing on the Top 10 Women's College Basketball Freshman 2022-2023 Rankings December list.

 

One women’s college basketball player who is making a strong case as the top freshman women’s college basketball player is the Florida State Seminoles star Ta’Niya Latson. Latson currently leads all freshman basketball players in scoring while averaging 25 points per game.

As Latson pushes near landing among the top women’s college basketball players, a few other notable players landing with her on the top freshman list includes Mara Braun of the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Grace VanSlooten of the Oregon Ducks. Here is a look at the Top 10 Women's College Basketball Freshman 2022-2023 Rankings December.




Honorable Mention

Darianna Littlepage-Buggs

School: Baylor Bears

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Just missing the Top 10 Women's College Basketball Freshman 2022-2023 Rankings December list is the Baylor Bears freshman guard Darianna Littlepage-Buggs.

The current Bears guard was a former four-star recruit from the state of Oklahoma and has showcased her talent in her freshman season.

In 12 contests this season Littlepage-Buggs has posted 9.5 points per game to go along with 8.9 rebounds. In addition, the Bears freshman has posted four double double performances including a 30 points and 11 rebounds against the Tennessee State Lady Tigers just a few short games ago.




Ruby Whitehorn

School: Clemson Tigers

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Another solid freshman just missing the cut on the Top 10 Women’s Basketball freshman list is the Clemson Tigers Ruby Whitehorn.

Whitehorn has been solid to start the season including dropping 17 points and nine rebounds in the teams 81-54 win to open up the season.

Before joining the Tigers Whitehorn had a long list of teams interested as she ranked 15th overall among the 2022 Women’s College Basketball recruiting class and the 2nd overall ranked guard among the group.

Overall Whitehorn is averaging 11.7 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.




Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Freshman Rankings

10. Kiki Rice

School: UCLA Bruins

Previous Ranking: #4

Landing at number 10 on the Top 10 Women's College Basketball Freshman 2022 Rankings December list is the UCLA Bruins talented point guard Kiki Rice.

Rice, who was the 2nd overall recruit among the 2022 recruiting class has high expectations set for her after electing to join the Bruins.

Rice, who is from Washington DC and played her high school basketball at Sidwell Friends School has been a key role player for the Bruins to start the season while averaging nearly 30 minutes per game (29.2).

In 13 games this season, Rice has posted double figures in nine while pushing her season average to 12.3 points per game. 




9. Kaylene Smikle

School: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Previous Ranking: Unranked

A former four-star recruit from Westtown, Pennsylvania Kaylen Smikle has been a bright spot among the Rutgers Scarlet Knights roster.

Smikle who ranked 11th among the incoming recruiting class among wing players is currently averaging 15.5 points per game to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contests.

Over her last five contests, Smikle has topped the 20-point mark in three of those contests while also recording19 points in her last outing.

On the year, Smikle has posted five 20 plus point performances while posting double digit point totals in all but three of the Scarlet Knights games this season.




8. Tess Heal

School: Santa Clara Broncos

Previous Ranking: Unranked

One player many fans and experts are unaware about within the United States is Tess Heal of the Santa Clara Broncos. Heal, who was a dominant women’s college basketball player in Australia showcased her talents for Victoria Metro at the Grand Final Junior Championships in Australia. 

Her play on the floor helped her earn recognition and a spot on the Broncos roster. In her first season with the Broncos, Heal is averaging 15.9 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds and four assists per game.

The former Australian basketball player opened up her college career scoring 28 points while delivering two assists, one steal and six rebounds in her first college game.




7. Ny’Ceara Pryor

School: Sacred Heart Pioneers

Previous Ranking: Unranked

After starring at Western High School in Baltimore where she won back-to-back regional championships, Ny’Ceara Pryor turned her play into a spot on the Sacred Heart Pioneers roster. 

The standout guard has not disappointed in her first season averaging 16.5 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

The Baltimore native has turned in double digit points in each of her 11 contests this season while averaging nearly 34 minutes per game on the floor.

In four of her first 11 college games, Pryor has scored at least 22 points while recording two double doubles on the season.




6. Janiah Barker

School: Texas A&M Aggies

Previous Ranking: #2

As one of the top high school basketball stars in the country last season, Janiah Barker landed near the tops of the 2022 recruiting class among women’s college basketball while landing as a five-star recruit.

Barker ranked 3rd overall among the incoming freshman class as well as the top overall forward among her class. Barker, who has appeared in seven games this season for the Texas A&M has averaged 12.1 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. 




5. Sydney Harris

School: Central Michigan Chippewas

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 Women's College Basketball Freshman 2022 Rankings December list is the Central Michigan Chippewas forward Sydney Harris.

Harris, who was a standout basketball player in Illinois landing a long list of accolades including being named two times to the Associated Press All-State team, was a highly talented recruit among the 2022 recruiting class.

Her talent level has been on display all season as the 6-foot-1 forward is currently averaging 16 points per game to go along with four rebounds and one assists per contest.

Her production has started to pick up since late November as Harris has turned in four 20 plus scoring performances in the Chippewas last five contests.




4. Raegan Beers

School: Oregon State Beavers 

Previous Ranking: Honorable Mention #2

The Oregon State Beavers landed one of the top overall five-star recruits among the 2022 recruiting class in the likes of Raegan Beers.

Beers, who ranked 3rd among all incoming freshmen playing the forward position has been solid in her first season in a talented Pac 12 conference.

Nonetheless the bright lights of competitive basketball hasn’t slowed her down as she ranks among the tops of all incoming freshmen in scoring (14 ppg), and rebounds (7.6 rpg). Overall, Beers has posted seven double doubles in her freshman season with the Beavers. 




3. Grace VanSlooten

School: Oregon Ducks

Previous Ranking: Honorable Mention #1

As one highly talented five-star recruit elected to head to Oregon State another in Grace VanSlooten elected to join the Oregon Ducks as a five-star recruit during the same recruiting class.

VanSlooten who is one of two five-star recruits from the 2022 recruiting class to join the Ducks has all the potential to be a top tier player for years to come while leading the Ducks to the NCAA tournament.

In 12 games this season VanSlooten is averaging 28.4 minutes per game while scoring 16.3 points per game.

The Ducks standout forward is also a threat on the defensive end of the floor as well as on the glass averaging 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest.




2. Mara Braun

School: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Landing at number two on the Top 10 Women's College Basketball Freshman 2022 Rankings December list is the Minnesota Golden Gophers freshman guard Mara Braun.

Braun who played her high school basketball at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, Minnesota was a four-star recruit who elected to stay home while joining the Golden Gophers.

The move has paid off for her as well as a Golden Gophers team looking to move up in the Big Ten this season.

Through 12 games this season Braun is averaging 18.1 points per game to go along with 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per contest.




1. Ta’Niya Latson

School: Florida State Seminoles

Previous Ranking: Unranked

In at number one and potentially a Top 10 Women’s Basketball Player overall, Ta’Niya Latson has not disappointed in her first year with the Florida State Seminoles.

Latson has racked up the honors to start the season including landing multiple ACC Rookie of the Week awards as well as taking home the Cancun Challenge Mayan MVP award.

Entering the season Latson ranked among the top incoming freshmen and has showcased her talent level in her first season. Currently the Seminoles guard ranks 1st among all freshmen in scoring while ranking 5th overall in all of Women’s College Basketball.

Latson is averaging 25 points per game to go along with 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 2.9 assists per game. Her performance on the hardwood makes it difficult not to slot her in as the top freshman basketball player for 2023.

 

How would you rank these women’s college basketball freshmen for the 2022-2023 season? Rank below to be added in the NCAA Power Rankings

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