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Player Power Rankings for U19 WWC in Madrid: 10-1

MADRID (Spain) - As we all get ready to enjoy what will be a seriously talent soaked FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2023 in Madrid, it's time to push on with our top 20 ballers countdown.

We have already completed the 20-11 spots which you can check out here. But now it's time for the second part of the Player Power Rankings as we lay out the all-important top ten!

10. Toby Fournier - Canada

Fournier made a huge splash at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup with THAT dunk which is of course a blessing and a curse. It keeps her uppermost in everyone's minds but maybe overshadowed the fact that she posted a tournament double-double of more than 13 points and 11 boards per game. She also had the second highest average performance efficiency valuation in the competition. Her wingspan and skills give Canada a real foundation to build their campaign on. And, will there be another dunk?

9. Isobel Borlase - Australia

Borlase has already carved out a solid reputation in terms of performances and potential with many feeling she has the burgeoning all-around skill set that could see her rise up and pass other youth stars en-route to the senior squad. It was a deserved All-Star Five spot at the FIBA U18 Women's Asian Championship 2022 where her do it all approach in terms of scoring, rebounding, passing and defense helped her team take gold. She also played superbly in the WNBL at Adelaide where she averaged over 13 points per game. 

8. Iyana Martin - Spain 

Martin was sensational in 2022 as MVP of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship and that came after starring at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in Debrecen where she made the All-Star Five in her first global outing. She may also arrive with a point to prove as she has been playing at the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship recently where despite her classy displays, Spain missed the Final. She'll provide a key scoring touch here in Madrid and will do a lot more alongside her offensive power. 

7. Cotie McMahon - USA

McMahon is anticipated to potentially step up this year another level for USA and might make a strong bid to emerge as the team's top scorer. Since impressing enough at the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship last year when she made the All-Star Five, she has made great strides in improving while at Ohio State. Indeed, she was named as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and that individual honor encapsulated the upward curve she finds herself on right now, so she is certainly looking like a possible USA leader in Madrid. 

6. Awa Fam - Spain

Fam is an absolute powerhouse baller and has morphed into a walking double-double. The raw talent and strength of a couple of years ago has been refined and she is improving at a ridiculously good rate. A standout at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022, she also excelled and made the All-Star Five at the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship after posting a tournament double-double. Meanwhile she has gained incredible experience playing in EuroLeague Women with Valencia Basket Club.

5. Leila Lacan - France

Lecan arrives with a senior bronze medal hanging from her neck having helped France in Ljubljana recently at the FIBA Women's EuroBasket. While her debut did not involve big minutes or production, she still played her role and grabbed her spot at the event off the back of some excellent displays in EuroCup Women last season at Angers. This will be her second edition of the #FIBAU19 and she made the All-Star Five at the the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship 2022 with a brilliant 20 points per game.

4. Jadyn Donovan - USA

Donovan has already impressed on the global stage with a majestic showing at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 where she was unfortunate not to make the All-Star Five. She shot over 60 percent which was superb and her athletic ability and leaping power shone through. She might not necessarily come up with eye-bulging numbers and while some might raise an eyebrow at a top five spot, USA are undeniably better with her on the floor. It's also not a surprise Duke have snapped her up for NCAA duties.

3. Cassandre Prosper - Canada

Having made a big impact at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup when she made the All-Star Fivewith  an excellent 14.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 2.4 assists per game. She has since been elevated to the senior team and arrives having won bronze and played almost 20 minutes per game for Canada at the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2023. Having played NCAA with Notre Dame last year, she will form the central thrust for Canada alongside Toby Fournier. 

2. Juste Jocyte - Lithuania

Jocyte has an army of admirers including the legendary Tony Parker who signed her for LDLC ASVEL Feminin. She has set so many records in the game already including the youngest player in EuroLeague Women, EuroBasket Women and was recently crowned a EuroCup Women champion. Last summer she was the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship MVP and will once again lead Lithuania as they make a return to #FIBAU19. Scoring, creating and leading is what she does and Jocyte is a bonafide class act.

1. Kira 'Kiki' Rice - USA

Rice is a hugely talented baller and already on the radar in a big way - as evidenced by her 62 000 followers already on Instagram and the UCLA baller could be the key to USA continuing their dominance. The guard will orchestrate everything for her team, with both her skills and size a potent mix. She was MVP at the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship last year and she has won gold with her country in 3x3 too, finishing top of the podium at the U18 World Cup. Surely yet another winners' medal is on its way in Madrid.

*The player power rankings are entirely subjective and are in no way a true and accurate ranking system. All comments are purely those of the author for the entertainment of the fans.