4 New York High School Girl Hoopsters Primed for Impact Seasons


Kristina Rush 

Rush, a rising sophomore combo guard out of Mahopac High School in Mahopac, NY, averaged 10.1 points and 2.2 successful three-pointers per game while making the three-point leader board in her area last season.

An excellent student-athlete who also plays high school field hockey, Rush’s hoop skills continue to develop while she is physically growing and maturing as both a player and person.

Additionally, Rush is a precise three-point shooter, but, as a southpaw, she can also go to the hoop and drop in the rock, making her a tough defensive assignment. 

Anna Jankovic 

Jankovic, a 5-foot-9 rising senior shooting/point guard out of Averill Park High School in Averill, NY, is the type of player coaches love to have at their disposal.

Jankovic posses a sweet outside jumper, but she can also go the rim almost at will, using her long, lean body to establish position. Plus, she can score with both hands and defends well.

Jankovic, who also plays for the AAU NY Havoc Blue, helped the Averill Park Warriors to their seventh straight Section 2 Class A girls basketball championship in the 2019-20 campaign.

Katie Drozd 

Drozd, a 2024 Hasting-on-Hudson High School shooting guard, is a work in progress, given her youth, of course.

Katie Drozd with her AAU 16U Hoopers NY team (Twitter).

But Drozd, who also suits up for Hoopers NY 16 U, already possesses a solid skillset: she can shoot mid- and long-range jumpers well, displays good, quick hands while playing defense, and knows how to create space for herself to drain a bucket.

Grace Thybulle 

Thybulle, a Yale University-commit, is a rising senior at Irvington High School in Irvington, NY.

The 6-foot-3-inch forward and captain of the Irvington Bulldogs’ team for the 2020-21 campaign can do it all. Thybulle plays like an old school center, with a back-to-the-rim style not often seen by many high school players these days.

But she is faster than most players her size and is just as strong, if not stronger. Oh, and Thybulle is an extremely smart young lady with a bright future ahead of her.

In addition to Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and William and Mary, among others, vied for her hardwood services, according to Patch.com.

— Jerry Del Priore

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