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Posted On: 10/10/18 3:08 PM
At least two or three times a week lately I have received a text, direct message, email or phone call from a college coach asking a similar question: “Do you know of any good 2019 posts still available? We really need some size.” Yep, you do. And so does everyone else. Unfortunately for them, the best of the senior bigs are long gone to Division 1, players like #1 Kallie Theisen (South Dakota State), #7 Sara Stapleton (Wisconsin) and #16 Mykel Parham (Creighton). So what’s left? You have to go all the way down to #28 in the Prep Girls Hoops Senior 150 to find a traditional post of any description available. Here are five quality senior posts still on the board.
Sierra Morrow, 6’1, Minneapolis Edison (Stars Turner)
To me the only legitimate D1 power forward prospect still available in 2019 is #52 Sierra Morrow. She’s super long and very athletic. She can score and rebound and her natural abilities are unquestionable. The 6-foot senior has always been a bit of an enigma, however. This summer, the maturity appeared to kick in and she took her game to a whole new level playing for Derek Turner’s Minnesota Stars. She played with more focus, passion and energy than we had ever seen from Sierra. Morrow may end up going the JUCO route but we’re confident she will eventually end up in Division 1 if she puts the work in.
*UPDATED OCT. 11. Sierra Morrow made her college commitment this week to play at NIACC in Mason City, Iowa.
Lydia Sussner, 5’11, Minneota
Ranked #28, big Lydia Sussner is a force for the Vikings. She’s listed at 5’10 but plays much, much bigger than that. Sussner can certainly score. She averaged 20 points per game on a 21-4 squad. At the state tournament, for example, she had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists against undefeated Menahga. What’s difficult to predict, however, is how she will fare against tougher competition. It’s impossible to know, but someone who is looking for an athletic, mobile low-post player is probably going to roll the dice with Lydia.
Emma Carlson, 6’1, Northfield (Fury Yellow)
We saw some nice improvement from #88 Emma this summer with Fury Yellow. She was a relative unknown coming in, having spent her high school career behind 6’4 center Annika Hoff, who has graduated and moved on to Division 1 Cornell. It’s Emma’s turn now, and if she does with the opportunity what she is capable of doing, she will be a breakthrough player this winter. Carlson’s confidence on offense has grown, she has developed some nice moves in the post, and can usually be counted on to knock it down consistently from 15 feet and beyond.
Sarah Lavell, 6’2, Centennial (Stars Amundson)
Like Carlson, #120 Lavell has had to play behind an all-star caliber starter. In this case, it’s Sara Stapleton who is the #7 player in the class and committed to Wisconsin. As a result, it has been difficult to gauge how good Lavell really is. She showed some nice stuff this summer for coach Greg Amundson of the Stars, who formerly coached at Centennial. “She’s probably one of the best pivoters I’ve ever had,” he said. “She knows how to score when she’s in tight.” Lavell is the kind of player whose post-high school career might take off in the right situation.
Lexie Lodermeier, 6’2, Goodhue (Fury Gauntlet)
Lexie, ranked #145 in the class, is a classic back-to-the basket post who thrives on contact. She’s big and strong and most likely to score off the glass on secondary opportunities and broken plays. Lexie has long suffered from comparisons to her older sister Sydney, who is a much more polished player well accustomed to the limelight. As a result, we might have given this Lodermeier short shrift at times. This is her time to shine, however, and make the most of her ample size to get to the next level.
Photo top: Lydia Sussner of the Minneota Vikings is big and strong and she knows how to score. (Photo courtesy of West Central Tribune)