Thru tomorrow I will put together a sampling of some takeaways from Summer Jam. Summer Jam 2018 will likely be the best non-D1 viewing period event of the year, it was a tremendous three days of hoops in Bloomington. No particular order on the notes. 10 players/team notes each posting.
Kadie Deaton, Team Wisconsin Select 2019 Black, Wausau West HS
Pretty fun to see someone play a great game, then find out a few hours later she had just verballed. That was the case with Deaton this weekend, who verballed to Northern Colorado on Saturday. She has great finishing ability. She can take on a lot of contact and still stay square to rim on drives, allowing her to consistently get to line and convert or draw three point play opportunities. Proven scorer with three point ability off wings.
Frannie Hottinger, North Tartan 2019 EYBL, Cretin-Derham Hall HS
In my opinion, Lehigh may be getting the steal of the 2019 recruiting class in Hottinger. She is a double-double machine, and for a player that doesn't score the bulk of her points off the low block or from three, it shows you how good she is averaging 20+ points in high school. She is elite on short drives, short to mid-range jumpers and finishing against contact. When she has the ball 15-17 feet from the hoop she is as good as anyone turning it into a score. I am an unapologetic fun of Frannie's.
Mackenzie Kramer, Minnesota Fury 2020 Gauntlet, St Michael-Albertville HS
She's always had tremendous handles and playmaking skills, and this weekend they were on display as her Fury team won their Division Championship with Kramer knowing exactly when to create for her teammates and when to take over as a scorer, showing deadly three point range and a floater on the move that's as good as anyone. GREAT weekend for one of the top 2020 Point Guards in the region.
Kayba Laube, All Iowa Attack 2020 Nike, Marion HS
Laube may have been the best shooter, with the deepest three point range and consistency I saw this weekend. If her feet are set it's lights-out from beyond the arc. She can handle the ball enough to play a Point Guard, but the Northern Iowa commit is a phenom when you put her on the wings and let her shoot the rock, whether coming off a screen and showing great footwork into her shot or as a catch and shoot dynamo. That comes with a LOT of hours in the gym getting up shots.
Maggie Manson, Dakota Drillers 2019, West Fargo Sheyenne HS
Manson is a true three point sniper off the wing and top. Very few shoot the ball as well as her, and North Dakota is getting a good one with her verbal following graduation. Manson teams with Lauren Ware to give the Drillers a lethal inside/out combination. She handles the ball well, and can work from either Guard spot, but when it comes to pull-up shooters and catch and shoot scorers, Manson is right up there with the best.
Maddie Schires, Team Wisconsin Select 2019 Black, Wausau West HS
Schires has verballed with Youngstown State and will continue her career at the Division 1 level following graduation. She is an efficient scorer who identifies what is available to her and exploits it. She is rugged with drives, taking on contact and staying square to the bucket, and she can step out and deliver from three. Youngstown is getting a steal with Schires, this kid can really play.
Analiese Tschida, North Tartan 2019 Elite, Lakeville North HS
You know that kid that every time you watch them play you become a bigger fan of their game because you begin to see more and more of the little nuances of their game that make them a complete player? That, for me, is Ani Tschida. She can adapt to any role off the wing and be successful. Her skills off the bounce are really impressive, and she can changes direction, uses spins, has some length to finish and she also has a quick and smooth release on her jumper. Then you see the details, making the extra pass, always in position on defense, closing gaps, being tough on the boards and you see why her college coach is going to be thrilled to get someone so game ready at the next level.
Kemara Watson, E1T1 2019 Premier, Eden Prairie HS
Watson had one of the stronger showing for players I saw working from the free line down to the block. She was efficient as a scorer, recognizing when to shoot and when to kick back out, really pinpointing quality shots to take and cashing them in. She moves around the lane and in transition quite well and has the type of frame and athleticism to rebound at a higher level. Would look for a significant jump for Watson this season at Eden Prairie.
Ella Wedergren, Nebraska Attack 2019 Elite, Omaha Westside HS
Definitely one of the top performers this weekend, it was the subtleties of her game that separate her from most wings. She is a great cutter and is always heading north/south on both her drives and cuts. She is a true dual-threat scorer, never forcing things, just making quality drives and shooting the ball from anywhere at a great clip. One of the most fundamentally sounds players I saw during the weekend.
Zoe Young, Kingdom Hoops 2019 Elite, Valley HS
Young is one of the truly elite talents in our region. She has verballed with Maryland and will play in the Big Ten following graduation. She is a powerhouse off the bounce. Her physical strength, ability to change directions and finishing skills in the lane are exceptional. She can stretch the floor with her three point shooting. When she gets in space look out, because she remarkable attacking defenders head to head.