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The Daily Dozen (Summer Jam, Friday, June 16th, 2023)

06/16/2023, 11:00pm CDT
By Chuck Thompson

12 Standouts from Summer Jam, Friday, June 16, 2023)


Drew Buslee, Minnesota Stars 2024 Szabla

5'11" 2024, Eagan HS (MN)

-It was a great opportunity for Buslee to run the show from start to finish, and she handled the extra duty well in a win over Crossfire Schuck. Recorded 9 points & 6 rebounds in addition to playmaking duties. Still open in recruiting, is able to attack the paint and really flashed a nice pull-up arsenal in the game. Like the physical presence she brings to the Guard spot. Scholarship talent. 


Ja'Kahla Craft, Minnesota Metro Stars 2024 Pryor

5'9" 2024, St Michael-Albertville HS (MN)

-Part of a dynamic 1-2 punch with Metro Stars but had to slide to full-time Point Guard duties and work as the only primary scorer against Sanford Sports Black. Racked up a double-double of 10 points & 11 rebounds, but it also forced her off the wing where she is one of best 3 shooters in Midwest. The D1 recruit had to carry a heavy load and she more than handled it, but with Liv McGill back tomorrow it will allow her to again slide to a wing where she is a dominant sniper. 


Emilee Fox, Sanford Sports 2024 Black

5'8" 2024, Mt Vernon Plankinton HS (SD)

-The SDSU commit accumulated 16 points & 7 rebounds in an opening round win over Metro Stars Pryor. Incredibly skilled shotmaker who can finish in traffic with great angles and squared up finishes. Had the prettiest play of the day with a transition pass that threaded several defenders and into the hands of Kaite Vasecka for a lay-in. When the 2024 recruiting class hits SDSU it could be the start of something even more special for the Jackrabbits.


Regan Juenemann, FBC the North 2024

5'10" 2025, Duluth Marshall HS (MN)

-Stellar performance from Juenemann, who lifted FBC to a win over Sanford Sports White with her 22 point, 3 rebound effort. A highly skilled scorer, she hit 4 times from the arc and with long first step and quick attack to the rim, she can be lethal off the bounce as well. Flies a bit under the radar at times, but this 2025 plays long and coupled her performance today off a strong showing at St Thomas Elite Camp.


Taylor Klement, So-Minn Fury 2024

Stewartville HS (MN)

-Another open 2024 who is playing great basketball at the right time, Klement had 14 points & 8 boards in an opening round win over West Iowa Express. She did it the tough way, attacking the defense from the top, wings and baselines with steady drives and taking on contact and getting to the line. Like the physicality she brought today. Should have plenty of college options at several levels, but because of tough nature, could get some early chances when she gets to a campus.  


Nicole Maenke, Minnesota Metro Stars 2024 Szabla

5'10" 2024, Shakopee HS (MN)

-Lots of kids can snipe the ball, and Maenke surely can, but there are a much smaller number that can do what she does, and that is bury threes in sprees and generate large runs or carry an offense for stretches. Had 4-3s and 24 points to pair with 4 boards in win over Crossfire Schuck. Her threes blew open a tight game, and she hit them from across the arc. Still open in recruiting, but have to imagine there are a LOT of scholarship schools who can use a sniper who can carry a team for stretches in a game. Having a fantastic season. 


Jordan Speiser, All Iowa Attack 2024 EYBL

6'1" 2025, Lutheran St Charles HS (MO)

-Didn't see Attack 2024 EYBL a lot earlier, because I knew I would more in later half of season, so I'd say today was a great orientation on her game. 13 points in win over Minnesota Rise Purfeerst, but with her strength and ability to be a prolific scorer on any level, she is a true High Major talent. One of the top talents in the Midwest in the 2024 Class and part of a very special team with a lot of young players playing up. 


Aubrie Schwieso, West Iowa Express 2024

5'8" 2025, Harlan HS (IA)

-Another player I haven't put eyes on much, but performed admirably against So-Minn Fury in their 1st round game, picking up 10 points and 7 rebounds from her Guard position. Not afraid to attack the teeth of a defense or compete on the glass, has some strength on her frame. Most of her damage was done off the bounce, but did flash range in addition off the left wing. 


Taylor Tool, Crossfire Schuck 2024

6'1" 2024, Delano HS (MN)

-Tool is a Forward who produces with both her back to the basket and facing the bucket, allowing her to find many options to attack a defender. Versatile big who tallied 14 points & 6 rebounds against Metro Stars Szabla. Earned 6 free throws, finished off the block & had a very smooth catch at the free throw line and quick down drive for a finish. Scholarship level talent who I feel may still just be scratching the surface, lot of upside as well in this talented front court prospect. 


Katie Vasecka, Sanford Sports 2024 Black

6'1" 2024, Tea HS (SD)

-The first time I saw Vasecka grab a board, take one long stride dribble and fire a deep outlet for an easy transition score I took note. The next SEVERAL times she did it, you realized what a unique trait and weapon that can be. Tremendous talent, she can punish shorter defenders just rising up and burying jumpers and use quickness and lengthy strides to exploit less quick ones. 20 points & 8 rebounds in win over Metro Stars Pryor. Scariest part is how smooth and easy that level of production looked. SDSU commit is special. 


Makayla Young, Minnesota Grizzlies 2025

Roseville HS (MN)

-Young popped onto the radar today with an excellent 14 points & 7 rebound game in a win over Minnesota Heat West. Nice arsenal off the bounce, can get to the rim, utilize a floater/runner and has the ability to look quick, even in traffic. Quick handed defender who turned a couple steals into easy scores for her team as well. Most damage was on drives, but when given the space, flashed three range out of the corner. 


Ava Zediker, All Iowa Attack 2024 EYBL

5'10" 2025, Dowling Catholic HS (IA)

-Even top talents, like Zediker, take steps up in there game at points, and it really feels like she's ready to up her game to an even higher level. Her confidence in her shot looked off the charts in a win over Minnesota Rise Purfeerst. Strong footwork, great form & follow through, and there was not a second of hesitation, she knows that skill is there any time she needs to use it. Her game fits at the high D1 level with any style of offense. The best word to describe her is smooth, doesn't get rattled, excels at recognizing what options are there on the catch, and can finish with a jumper, on a pull-up or deep in the lane. Big summer ahead for Ava. 

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