Don’t count Staten Island out of the hoops equation when it comes to quality high school girls’ basketball players. Just think of Nicole Melious (Wagner) and Skye Owen (St. Francis), two great female high school players from Staten Island.
Futhermore, here are four players ready to make their mark on the New York City high school hoops scene, who happened to live in city’s most southern borough.
Hodgens is one of those players that has been steadily improving over the last few years, showing the skills that have her facing, and surmounting, the higher level of play.
Scrappy, a good dribbler, and a great shooter, the 5-foot-6 Hodgens will be attending St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School (Staten Island) in the fall. The guard is presently playing AAU hoops with Exodus NYC and doing well against tough competition in top tournaments locally and across the country. Moreover, Hodgens is coachable, a good student, a likeable person, and comes from a great family.
Hodgens is averaging 18 points per game after three contests (2-1) with Exodus NYC at the Spooky Nook Tournament in Pennsylvania.
Before Exodus, Hodgens made a name for herself on the Staten island hoops scene with St. Claire and the AAU SI Diamonds.
This young lady is one to watch, for sure.
Schmitt is a promising 2024 point guard from Staten Island Academy.
Firstly, Schmitt can handle the rock, with the knack for blowing by defenders off the dribble.
Additionally, she can also find open teammates, shoots the long range jumper well, including the three, and plays expectational one-on-one defense, with the ability to jump into an open passing lane and steal the ball.
Schmitt has interest from at least five Division I Women’s basketball programs, which is sure to grow to at least a few offers, and more, in the future, per her Twitter account.
A rising sophomore, Williamsen currently plays for the AAU New Heights NYC 15U squad, and attends St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School.
She does a lot of little things well: scores in traffic, knocks down the jumper with proficiency, and knows how to dribble herself open for the high percent shot.
Williamsen is the epitome of efficiency, and is only improving as her basketball career progresses.
Harrell, a rising sophomore out of Wagner High School and member of the AAU Staten Island Bulldogs, enjoyed a wonderful PSAL girl’s truncated season with the Falcons. She averaged 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in five games this past season.
Harrell was a solid compliment to the phenomenal scoring machine, Melious, in the 2021 PSAL girl’s high school campaign.
— Jerry Del Priore