The summer temperatures aren’t only things sizzling these days.
Six AAU New Jersey Demons are torching the summer basketball courts, proving they deserve the title of high school prospects.
Moreover, their impressive play warrants the watchful eyes of high school basketball fans and coaches alike everywhere, as their hoop skills presumably continue to develop going forward.
Kinum, a rising senior at New Providence High School, enjoyed a solid season, as she dropped in 283 points, grabbed 134 rebounds, dished out 108 assists, and made 84 steals in 31 contests last season.
Those numbers seemingly point to an upward trending direction toward improvement for a guard who was first in steals and dishes and second in points and boards on the Lady Pioneers.
Medolla, a rising senior, posted 288 points (2nd), 111 rebounds (4th), 68 assists (2nd), and 39 thefts (4th) in 28 games (10.28 ppg, 3.96 rpg, 2.42 apg, and 1.39 apg) for Red Bank Regional last year.
It was a breakout season for the then-junior who saw limited action in her freshman season at St. Rose and scored 72 points in 19 tilts, for an average of 3.78 ppg as a sophomore for the Lady Buc Backers.
To that end, expect more from Medolla in the upcoming campaign.
Antognoli, a rising senior guard on St. Rose, played well for a talented squad that featured outstanding players such as Brynn Farrell and Makayla Andrews.
But Antognoli performed well, too, scoring the third-most points on the team with 314, fourth in boards with 128, a team-leading 105 helpers and 74 steals for St. Rose.
Lamanna, a rising sophomore who drained a club-high 386 points for 27-4 New Providence last season, is one of New Jersey emerging stars.
Additionally, she was third in rebounds with 99, fourth in assists and steals with 48 and 52, respectively, in 31 tilts for the Lady Pioneers.
Stephanie Van Note
Van Note, a right senior on Sayreville, dropped in a team-best 458 points in the 2019-20 season.
Also, Van Note was tops in helpers (120) and takeaways with 95. She added 162 boards, a mark that was tied for third on the Lady Bombers with Jordan Wehrie, another rising senior.
A 6-foot-four rising Junior on Blair Academy, Amanze finished fourth on the club with 334 points in 31 games behind standouts Dominique Darius (490), Olivia Miles (409), and Helena Friend (373), all three of which are rising seniors.
The Lady Buccaneers finished with a 21-3 record.
— Jerry Del Priore