1) Jessika Carter — Mississippi State
Carter’s break out 2019 campaign rang bells across the nation. She averaged 13 points and 8.7 boards per game. Carter added 92 blocks and 30 steals. She polished her game throughout 2019 and should continue to be a potent threat on both ends of the floor.
2) Aliyah Boston — South Carolina
Boston was a monster in the paint last year and will show no signs of slowing down. Coming off a stellar freshman year, expect Boston to top her averages of 12.5 points and 9.4 boards this season. Head coach Dawn Staley will look to Boston for leadership. Look for her to be more of a vocal presence and continue to exhibit her offensive and defensive versatility.
3) Ciera Johnson — Texas A&M
At 6-foot-4, Johnson is a formidable paint presence with deceptive quickness and next level footwork. Like Boston, she is a versatile weapon. Johnson averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last year. While she is known for her defense, Johnson’s offensive is underrated. Her scoring numbers should skyrocket throughout the season.
3) Faustine Aifuwa — LSU
Like Johnson, Aifuwa is her team’s senior leader. The offense will run through Aifuwa, as her inside game has significantly improved. Though she needs a bit of work defensively, Aifuwa is sure to be a disruption for opposing offenses. If LSU is to have a respectable season, she will be the reason why
5) Yemiyah Morris — Mississippi State
Morris is the wildcard on this list. As she made her name and further imposed her will throughout last year’s SEC tournament, expect head coach Nikki McCray-Penson to call Morris’ number on a frequent bases. She is a defensive nightmare and can change a game when it matters most.
With both Carter and Morris, the Bulldogs’ paint presence will be unmatched. Big things time around the corner.