ESPN: Newcomer Impact Rankings 2020-21

Ignatius L Hoops

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Sep 9, 2015
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1. Paige Bueckers, UConn: Sure, Geno Auriemma sarcastically calls the social media star "Paige Kardashian," but more important is that he also noted how teammates love her because they get the ball if they're open -- and they get assists if they give it to her when she's open.

5. Destiny Pitts, Texas A&M: The NCAA granting Pitts' transfer waiver is a potential season-changer for the SEC. As irreplaceable as Chennedy Carter might be, Pitts provides a scoring instinct and 3-point efficiency that should complement rather than overshadow Kayla Wells and N'Dea Jones

6. Angel Reese, Maryland: The Terrapins not only hope they have someone special in the 6-foot-3 freshman wing from Baltimore, they need her to be special after losing Shakira Austin, Kaila Charles, Stephanie Jones, Taylor Mikesell, Olivia Owens and Blair Watson to transfer or graduation.

14. Caitlin Clark, Iowa: From Sam Logic to Kathleen Doyle, Iowa hasn't spent much time in recent years without an answer at point guard. The Hawkeyes believe Clark can extend that run. So do most recruiting analysts.

24. Diamond Johnson, Rutgers: She wasn't a McDonald's All American, her omission memorably drawing even Dawn Staley's ire, but the 5-5 freshman guard (who averaged 5.8 rebounds as a high school senior) accomplished just about everything that was in her control

44. Danielle Patterson, Indiana: The in-state transfer route from South Bend to Bloomington worked with Ali Patberg, and now the Hoosiers try again with the 6-2 former Notre Dame forward. Patterson could be key in replacing Brenna Wise, one of Indiana's few personnel losses.

47. Kateri Poole, Ohio State: Even after transfer departures, Ohio State has compelling pieces -- from sensational stretch-four Dorka Juhasz to redshirt freshman Rikki Harris. The Buckeyes need someone to knit it together. The 5-8 Poole might have the skill and confidence to do it.
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