This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Sloane Keszler. Sloane is a 2025 from St Thomas More High School in South Dakota, and already a State Champion. Plays club hoops with SD Attack. Thanks for your time Sloane!
1. You have had a lot of success on the court with both your High School and Club programs, as you start to move deeper into the recruiting process do you know what you would like to Major in in college (even though that is a few years away) and what are you looking for in a basketball program down the road?
As my basketball career starts to move into college I’m looking to Major in architecture and minor in interior design which really limits what colleges I can go to, but as far as a basketball program goes I’m looking for a program that is dedicated to not jut having me a a player, but making connections with me and the rest of my teammates and a program that will help me improve as a player and person.
2. Yourself and your SD Attack had a successful spring and summer, including capturing some tournament Championships. What were some of your favorite events from this past club season, and some of your favorite places you got to travel?
Traveling around for basketball was super fun this summer. I met 8 new girls and it was fun to get to know all of them. I really enjoyed walking around Chicago with my team, but my favorite tournament was probably the ones in MN.
3. Last season at St Thomas More you were part of the Class A State Champions. The Cavaliers have been a powerhouse for several years, what are the team expectations for 2022-23, and what are some of your individual goals and things you are personally hoping to accomplish this season?
As a team at STM we are looking for another state title obviously but I think we are going to work more on becoming a more dominant offense. Last year we struggled on the offensive side of the ball especially at the beginning of the season, it’s safe to say that our defense saved us from losing a couple of games. My individual goals are just to be more of a contributing factor on offense especially after losing Mairin Duffy. This year we need to score a lot more and keep up our good defense.
4. St Thomas More has had a rich tradition of talented players coming through in recent years that went on to play in college. Are there any of the older St Thomas More players that you watched and looked up to as a younger player, and what are some of your favorite memories of the older players growing up?
There are so many girls at STM that I looked up to as a young player but Dru Gylten and Haleigh Timmer are probably the top 2 I looked up to and now they get to play together at SDSU which is really cool. They are just not only great basketball players but also awesome teammates which is really important. I got to play with Haleigh a little bit my 8th grade year and it was amazing.
5. As you analyze your own game, what do you feel are your biggest strengths as a player, and what is the area of your game your working the hardest at developing right now?
As a player I think some of my greater strengths are getting my teammates open with good passing, defense, IQ, and being a good teammate and team leader. What I’m working on an what I’ve been working on is my 3 point shot and being able to get myself open.
1. Favorite visiting High School gym to play at: The Corn Palace
2. Best rebounder you've ever played with: Reese Ross
3. Favorite spot to shoot from: The right wing
4. Favorite Social Media: Snapchat
5. Quickest player you've ever had to guard: Stevie from Red Cloud last year
6. Favorite Class: Art and Algebra
7. Dream Job: Architecture
8. Last Google Search: Today's Weather
9. Rain, Snow, or Neither: Rain
10. Favorite Zoo Animal: Hippos