Four members of the 2018 Baylor women’s basketball recruiting class, forward Aquira DeCosta, center Queen Egbo, guard Honesty Scott-Grayson and forward NaLyssa Smith, were named to the 2017 Naismith Girls’ High School Watch List this week. The award honors the national high school player of the year.
Decosta, who has led St. Mary’s to three consecutive sectional championships and a state championship in 2016, averaged 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as a junior. She is a two-time USA Today All-California team selection and earned Naismith Trophy honorable mention All-America recognition in 2016.
Decosta has played for USA Basketball three times, winning gold with the 2017 3x3 U19 World Cup Team and bronze with 2016 U17 World Championship and 2015 U16 National teams. The Stockton, Calif., native, is ranked No. 4 overall and No. 1 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and No. 2 overall and No. 1 by position by Prospects Nation.
Egbo is a three-time all-district selection and district most valuable player in 2017. She has guided Travis High School to three-straight bi-district and playoff appearances. The Houston, Texas, native is ranked No. 15 overall and No. 4 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and No. 27 overall and No. 8 by position by Prospects Nation.
Scott-Grayson ran a highly successful offense playing point guard for Paul VI High School last season, leading her squad to a 32-2 mark and averaging 8.7 points. She has also competed at the highest international level for USA Basketball’s U16 National Team in 2015.
The Brick, N.J., native, who will finish her high school career at Riverdale Baptist High School, is rated No. 18 overall and No. 2 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and No. 5 overall and No. 1 by position by Prospects Nation.
Smith is a three-time all-region selection from East Central High School, who also secure second team All-America and Super Team recognition. She averaged 23.2 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game as a junior, and has led her squad to three playoff appearances.
The Converse, Texas, native is ranked No. 8 overall and No. 3 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and No. 3 overall and No. 2 by position by Prospects Nation.