Kiah Gillespie, freshman, forward, No. 1
High School Stats: As a senior, 31.2 points, 16.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
High School: Capital Prep Magnet
Hometown: Meriden, Conn.
How'd She Get to College Park?
Gillespie had dozens of Division I offers, and she was being recruited by Connecticut at the time she committed to Maryland a little more than a year ago. She's the highest-rated player to come out of Connecticut in years. Gillespie was a consensus top-30 player nationally and pairs with fellow freshman Brianna Fraser to give the Terps two five-star rookies at the forward position.
Gillespie earns a starting spot, keeps it all year, averages near a double-double and emerges quickly as one of Maryland's best players. The Terps win a national title, and Gillespie is set up as a leader for the next three years.
Gillespie is likely to play a lot, though it's not obvious she'll start from the onset. She can shoot three-pointers and score inside, so she'll find room to work in Maryland's offense. With guards Laurin Mincy and Lexie Brown gone, Maryland needs a jump in frontcourt production this year, and Gillespie is well-positioned to supply it.
Our feature on Gillespie.
A guard Brenda Frese expects to take a huge jump this season.
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