Posted On: 12/28/17 3:30 AM

As I watched Erin Lamb and the Stewartville Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted holiday tournament, all I could think about was next summer. No, my mind wasn't wandering to a sunny day in July because it was 50 below outside. I was actually thinking about the 2018 AAU season when we will find out just how good Ms. Lamb really is. Now in her second season of high school basketball, the 6'2" forward appears worthy of a top 10 ranking in the Class of 2021. What we don't know is if all of that potential will be realized against the bigger, stronger, more experienced foes in top-tier AAU events.

For players like Erin Lamb, AAU means everything. It's not that the high school season is unimportant. Despite Stewartville's 46-43 loss to Holy Family on Wednesday, I'm certain Erin is enjoying the 8-2 Tigers' run of success with her friends. It's just that AAU ball is where the rubber hits the road, where kids from smaller schools who face less-strenuous competition all winter have to step it up and show what they can do against the best. It's also an opportunity for us observers to confirm if Lamb

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