STAR TRIBUNE

METRO TOP 10

1. Hopkins (4A)

There's a load of talent around her, with forwards Angie Hammond and Dlayla Chakolis and whippet-quick guard Raena Suggs, but make no mistake: This is Paige Bueckers' team.

2. Wayzata (4A)

Six-three sophomore Annika Stewart and freshman Jenna Johnson join Kallie Theisen and floor general Mimi Schader to make an already very good team potentially great.

3. Centennial (4A)

Senior guards Sydney Stapleton and Claire Orth pace a deep and talented roster ready to take the next step.

4. Eastview (4A)

Expect the Lightning to buzz on defense around multi-talented star forward Megan Walstad. Mariah Alipate's return from a knee injury is a big addition.

5. Lakeville North (4A)

The Panthers lost scoring from last season, but senior front-liners Ke James and Taylor Brown return along with a potential star in sophomore Lauren Jensen.

6. Minnetonka (4A)

Tall and experienced, with balance inside and out. Guard Megan Walker is a natural scorer and Katey Brattland is poised to set state records as a three-point shooter.

7. Cretin-Derham Hall (4A)

The best player you've not yet heard of is Raiders' 6-foot junior forward Frannie Hottinger, one of the state's best finishers.

8. Minnehaha Academy (2A)

All five Redhawk starters from last season's 2A state tournament qualifiers are back, a year older and a year wiser. With their school damaged by an explosion, they will play home games at various sites around the metro.

9. DeLaSalle (3A)

The Islanders, with nearly everyone back from last year's 3A consolation champs, have perhaps the deepest front court in the class, a couple of key tranfers and a PG in Ayanna Gardner to make it go.

10. Forest Lake (4A)

With a slew of talented juniors, the Rangers might be a year away. Abigail Groeneweg and company may just get there sooner.

Seven that will make noise

St. Michael-Albertville

Holy Angels (3A)

Maple Grove

Minneapolis South

Cooper (3A)

Park Center

Roseville

JIM PAULSEN