Posted On: 07/1/17 7:15 AM

Some opportunistic entrepreneur could have made a fortune selling mittens, hand warmers or blankets on a frosty Friday at the Great Plains Alliance AAU girls basketball tournament. Who knows what was up with the air conditioning system at Chanhassen High School – I actually saw players blowing on their hands to keep warm on court 6 as the officials tried to find a ball that would bounce – but there was plenty of heated action on the floor. One of the hottest hands of the day belonged to 2021 point guard Paige Meyer of Albany.

In a class of very good guards – names like Jade Hill, Katie Borowicz, Jayla Reliford and Alexis Pratt come to mind – Meyer is among the very best. The one differentiator might be her size. It’s not that she’s tall (perhaps 5-5?) but she is solid and strong and much more physical than the others. Meyer is also a terrific ballhandler with great court vision and a sense of presence well beyond her years. Her first step is explosive, and her ability to change speeds with ease makes her extremely difficult to defend. Then there’s the pull-up jumper and a knack for putting the

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