1) Rhyne Howard — Kentucky
Fresh off a career year as a sophomore, Howard is entering her junior campaign as one of the nation’s most prolific talents. Fresh off an average of 23.4 points per game, Howard is an offensive threat from anywhere on the floor. Standing at 6-foot-2, she is a mismatch nightmare and can create her own shot. There is every reason to believe Howard can average north of 25 points per game this year.
Defensively, Howard’s game has been somewhat overlooked. She posted 62 steals and 29 blocks in 2019. Look for Howard to be even more of a defensive presence and lead the Wildcats to a respectable record.
2) Rennia Davis — Tennessee
Like Howard, Davis is a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor. Also standing at 6-foot-2, Davis is quick and agile. She boasts dynamic range and vision. Davis averaged 18 points in 2019.
Davis is Tennessee’s primary face and leader. Look for her to be heavily relied upon and have her number called frequently in big moments.
3) Chelsea Dungee — Arkansas
An experienced redshirt senior, Dungee has been nothing short of consistent throughout her Arkansas tenure. Like Davis, Dungee’s speed is unrivaled and she can get through the lane with ease. She has shined in Mike Neighbors’ system and should increase her scoring numbers.
Alongside graduate transfer Destiny Slocum, Arkansas will have one of the nation’s most intimidating backcourts. Dungee will have to be a factor if the Razorbacks to get over the hump. And there is every reason to believe that she will.
4) Xaria Wiggins — Mississippi State
As she was the unquestionable leader of the Bulldogs’ second unit in 2019, expect her to break out as a starter in 2020. She has developed a steady shot and can be a threat from distance. Wiggins is also a formidable defender who can capitalize on turnovers.
Wiggins is in good hands playing under new head coach Nikki McCray-Penson. She will learning from the best and will only grow as an upperclassman.
5) Brea Beal — South Carolina
Beal had an impressive freshman year and should make her presence felt as a sophomore. Look for coach Dawn Staley to rely on her as a shooter. Like Wiggins, Beal is versatile. She is a lockdown defender and is sure to have her way.
As she has room to grow, expect Beal to make the most of her minutes and impact games. She can make a game changing play and adds unparalleled energy.
As it pertains to Wiggins, she is poised to make a monumental impact and make the most of every opportunity that comes her way.