Monday, May 28, 2012

A Look Back at the 2012s

I've probably forgotten a few who should be on the list.

1. Marissa Janning, Watertown-Mayer, point guard. Creighton-bound. Rated #1 in her class back in 8th and 9th grade. Gave way to Johnson, then Cichy, then some others over time. But nobody much objected when she was named Ms. Basketball and PoY by various services. A really really sweet player.

2. Jackie Johnson, Eden Prairie, post. Minnesota Gopher recruit. The best inside player among the 2012s. Plays hard, finishes. It will be interesting to see how far she can play away from the basket in the Big 10 because she's undersized in the middle at the next level.

3. Sydney Coffey, Hopkins, wing-guard. Going to Marist. Became a great shooter, can get to the rim, too. And she is an excellent defender, to boot.

4. Shayne Mullaney, Eden Prairie, point guard. Another Gopher recruit from EP. It will be interesting to compare her progress at the next level with Janning's. I've always been a big Mullaney supporter. She is very creative, a great scorer, has great court sense. But was she really the guard that Borton wanted, or will Janning be a more productive collegian?

5. Whitney Tinjum, Chisago Lakes, forward. Washington State recruit. Skilled and 6-2, too. Great scorer in high school, at least.

6. Alexis Foley, White Bear Lake, guard. Going to Illinois State. Another glue-type player, made her teammates better. Great on both ends of the court.

7. Katybeth Biewen, Edina, point guard. Another hard-nosed, creative 1 with the ability to score or pass. Great floor leader, great glue-type player.

8. Marissa Grossfeld, Wayzata, forward. Under-rated. Teammate Kayla Timmerman is Iowa-bound, Grossfeld going to Illinois-Chicago. But it was Grossfeld who did the dirty work every single night and never took a night off. Did it all.

9. Kali Peschel, Sauk Centre, small forward-wing-off guard. Rated as high as #2 by some, but injured as a senior and dropped down my list. Has every opportunity to re-establish herself as an Iowa Hawkeye. I wonder what position she will play. Probably off guard, but she's not a great ball-handler nor big enough to play inside.

10. Brittney Scherber, Bloomington Jefferson, point guard. Ditto what I said about Biewen. Ball-handling, scoring, glue, outstanding all-around guard.

11. Kadidjah Shumpert, Benilde-St. Margaret's, big forward. Solid, athletic.

12. Tessa Cichy, Hill-Murray, combo guard. Dropped all the way from #1-#2. Had a spectacular summer after her sophomore year and moved way way up, and once scored 51 points in a game. But she also had 2 widely noted melt-downs in 2 state tournaments. Ended up at Wisconsin, some say as a walk-on. Still, has a chance to re-establish herself in the Big 10.

13. Mikayla Bailey, Osseo, combo guard. Great defender, hot and cold as an offensive threat. Seems to be a reach by Pam Borton to make her a Minnesota Gopher. But, hey, a chance to re-establish herself against the best in college ball.

14. Anne Marie Healy, Providence, forward. Solid, a cog for Ray Finley's machine, but a really solid all-around cog.

15. Mia Loyd, DeLaSalle, forward. Missed much of her junior year with a knee, but came on strong down the stretch as a senior.

16. Kayla Timmerman, Wayzata, post-big forward. Good size but prefers to play away from the basket where she lacks quickness but has a solid 3 point shot. Iowa-bound.

17. Mariah Adanane, DeLaSalle, off guard. Great scorer inside and out. Suffered a skull fracture as a senior and, amazingly, came back to play some solid minutes in the post-season. But she was still hurting and the injury could be a problem in the future.

18. Whitney Olson, Cambridge-Isanti, shooting guard. Good scoring threat.

19. Mariah Monke, Fergus Falls, post-big forward. 6-2, mobile, nice shooting touch. Is she strong enough to play inside in college? How far from the basket can she be effective?

20. Olivia Antilla, Osseo, big forward. Not that big, not that quick, but knows how to use her body and knows how to play the game.

21. Anna Rynda, New Prague, small forward. Blossomed as a senior.

22. Kionda Nicks, St. Paul Humbold, forward. Also a late bloomer.

23. Mattie Lueck, Pequot Lakes, forward. Great scorer, fundamentally sound, will tear up the MIAC at St. Ben's.

24. Emily Spier, Buffalo, big forward. A solid inside presence.

25. Riley Nordgaard, Canby, combo guard. A do-it-all in high school but may be over her head at Augustana.

26. Katy Kuiper, St. Peter, forward.
27. Richelle Mehus, Spring Grove, shooting guard. Exploded in the post-season, great scorer.
28. Alicia Retterath, Hutchinson, point guard.
29. Josie Dillon, Benilde-St. Margaret's, small forward-off guard. Fundamentally sound.
30. Lexi Long, Maranatha, point guard. Great point with uncanny court sense and decision-making.

31. Abbey Whitney, Sartell-St. Stephen, post. You can't teach 6-5.
32. Ellie Zeller, St. Anthony, point guard. Small, but fundamentally sound and creative, too.
33. Whitney Weisz, Little Falls, forward.
34. Kendra Schmidgall, Hancock, forward. Great all-around player. Does it all.
35. Lauren Trumm, Alexandria, guard.

36. Sarah Durand, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, post-big forward.
37. Heather Bachmann, Bloomington Kennedy, post.
38. Ashley Hinsch, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, point guard. A better soccer bopper.
39. Nicole Wittman, Hutchinson, forward.
40. Mackenzie Hoelmann, Lakeville North, post.

41. Jessy Noreen, Hawley, guard.
42. Christine Thorn, St. Michael-Albertville, guard.
43. Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow, Braham, shooting guard. Excellent long-range shooter.
44. Gracia Hutson, Hopkins, post.
45. Erika Tipcke, Goodhue, forward.

46. Haley Guetter, Sartell-St. Stephen, guard.
47. Hannah Schonhardt, Holy Family, guard.
48. Morgan Julius, Hutchinson, forward.
49. Alicia Boe, Sebeka, guard.
50. Taylor Kujava, Ada-Broup, small forward-off guard.

51. Courtney Hulstein, Fulda, guard.
52. Sophie Jaskulske, North St. Paul, post-big forward.
53. Katrina Moenkedick, Perham, forward.
54. Lindsay Lahr, Isle, guard.
55. Megan DeRuyter, Southwest MN Christian, forward.

56. Katie Myhre, Barnum, small forward-off guard.
57. Heather Strese, Brandon-Evansville, big forward.
58. Alex Freeman, Duluth East, forward.
59. Whitney Burmeister, Jackson County Central, shooting guard.
60. Amie Tunheim, Orono, point guard.

61. Savanna Handevidt, Stillwater, post-big forward.
62. Angie Guenther, White Bear Lake, post-big forward. Scored 4-5 ppg, but a great defender.
63. Jesse Hart, Eagan, guard.
64. Megan Van Hulzen, Park Center, forward.
65. Tara Roelofs, Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial, guard.

66. Claire Van Dyke, Hill-Murray, forward.
67. Lauren Ulsh, Rochester Mayo, post-big forward.
68. Lindsay Johnson, Edina, forward.
69. Mariah McDonald, Ely, guard.
70. Sarah McCann, Owatonna, guard.

71. Ashley Deschampe, Cook County, guard.
72. Michaela Cassavan, Red Lake County Central, guard.
73. Courtney Pahl, Pine Island, guard.
74. Mackenzie Gerber, Worthington, forward.
75. Molly Simpkins, Prior Lake, guard. Was top 30 until knee trouble.

76. Gabby Stienstra, Minnehaha, forward.
77. Micaela Trainor, Winona, post.
78. Jessica Lillquist, Sebeka, forward.
79. Katie Nordick, Providence, forward. A serious oversight, her not making all-state tournament.
80. Alyssa Eschrich, Prior Lake, forward.

81. Gabby Zehrer, Totino-Grace, guard.
82. Anna Schlaak, NRHEG, forward.
83. Marissa Toivonen, Red Wing, post-big forward.
84. Kelsey Hennen, Minneota, guard.
85. Tayor Elton, Spring Grove, guard.

86. Dakotah Winans, Mountain Iron-Buhl, point guard. Did it all for MIB.
87. Lauren Deadrick, Waconia, guard.
88. Taylor Meyer, Farmington.
89. Sydney Schultz, Fergus Falls, guard.
90 (tie). Bryann Guyton, Richfield, forward
     Hannah Wise, Richfield, guard.

92. Shelby Auseth, Kenyon-Wanamingo, guard.
93, Paige Palkovich, Eastview, guard.
94. Megan Coomes, Isle, guard.
95. Kelsey Chambers, Jordan, guard.

96. Karina Schroeder, Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial, post.
97. Alexa Thielmann, Buffalo, guard.
98. Jenna Orth, Melrose, guard.
99. Heather Lehner, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, guard.
100. Gretchen Linzmaier, Pine City, post.

Under Consideration for Top 100

Michelle Savegeau, North St. Paul, guard.
Zoe Hanson, Chisago Lakes, guard. Playing with Tinjum, unfortunately, she never learned to look for her own shot.
Tegan Molden, MACCRAY, forward.
Kayli Muckenhirn, Detroit Lakes, forward.

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