Girls basketball preview: Top prospect JaQuaya Miller as Kentridge thinking repeat

Ranked No. 47 in the nation by one recruiting website, the 6-foot-1 forward is breaking school records and has the Chargers ranked No. 1 in the state heading into the season.

JaQuaya Miller looked like a natural.

The 6-foot seventh-grader seemed athletic and anxious to get on the basketball court. Well, maybe anxious about getting out there was more accurate, since her mom was making her.

Sure enough, Miller breezed up and down the floor for layup after layup — never mind there was little dribbling involved, or that any of the layups actually went in.

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5 Teams to Watch

Kentridge: Defending Class 4A state champions are talented, deep and will be prepped for another run by a competitive schedule.

Eastlake: With Gina Marxen, the Wolves have the makings of a 4A state trophy team after falling short the last two seasons.

West Seattle: All but one player return for a squad that just might prove to be the toughest in the always-tough Metro League.

Archbishop Murphy: Emily Rodabaugh, reigning Cascade Conference MVP, is a key reason the Wildcats have high Class 2A aspirations.

Garfield: Bulldogs already had bite, then sharpened their attack with the addition of 6-foot-4 Dalayah Daniels from Rainier Beach.

5 Players to Watch

Gina Marxen, Eastlake (5-7, Sr., PG): Cerebral player, signed with Idaho, has great court vision and can pull the trigger on a deadly three-point shot

Jade Loville, Skyline (6-0, Sr., G): The athletic Loville (Boise State) can take over games, as witnessed by her recent back-to-back 40-point outbursts

Kylee Griffin, Lake Stevens (6-2, Sr., F): Versatile player (Gonzaga signee) is a major inside-outside threat with a never-ending motor that sets her apart.

Dalayah Daniels, Garfield (6-4, So., W/P): Daniels, moving over from Rainier Beach, is a matchup nightmare with great hands and a big upside.

Morgan Gary, Kentridge (5-9, Sr., G): Four-year starter (signed with Northern Arizona) is the unselfish floor-leader for defending 4A state champs.

Sandy Ringer

“I was a hot mess,” Miller recalls of that debut, made with her cousin’s AAU team shortly after moving to the Renton area from California during the seventh-grade school year.

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