There is nothing more thrilling to me than watching young players, especially freshmen, working hard and tirelessly to prove themselves in the game of basketball while helping their respective teams pick up the victory.
Here are four players who are quickly getting themselves on the New Jersey girls’ high school hoops’ radar.
Milan Jones — Oak Knoll/AAU NJ Raptors
Jones has posted 24 points in three games and has shown the potential to score on the inside, absorbing contact as she goes to the hoop. Plus, the 5-foot-9 wing owns a sweet mid-range jumper and can rebound well.
Mia Semioli — Chatham
Semiloli has displayed a ton of promise in her first season as a Cougar, dropping in 33 points, grabbing 18 boards, and making seven steals through the first five contests.
The guard is scrapy and determined to get the job done on the hardwood. Look for big things to come for her, probably sooner rather than later.
Ella Kreuzer — Chatham
Kreuzer is second on Chatham in scoring with 62 points through Chatham’s first five tilts. But her overall game is well-rounded, with 21 rebounds, 11 dimes, and 15 thefts to go along with her high hoops’ acumen.
More importantly, the dynamic guard has come up clutch this campaign. And she can hit a long-range jumper, evident by nailing a first half, half-court buzzer-beater in a 49-28 win against Nothern Highlands at the Cougar Classic Tournament at the end of December.
Kennedy Henry — Blair Academy/NJ Sparks
Henry is a long and lean 6-footer and is already a hard worker who is coupled with pure athleticism that shines on the court. That is why several high school hoop insiders already consider the New Jersey Sparks player to be one of the top wings in the nation.
Henry has drained 96 points in seven tilts, good for 13.71 p.p.g. so far this campaign.
She presently holds three Division I college offers from Boston College, UPenn, and Saint Joe’s (Philly).
— Jerry Del Priore