Posted On: 10/20/18 7:13 AM

Thanks to the invitation from Pure Sweat skills trainer, David Ruckman, I was able to see part of the process of O'Fallon standout Izzy Akoro working herself back to game shape from a knee injury. Add to it Sammi Matoush from Hillsboro and Sophie Heck from Nashville and I got to see some excellent talent.

Coach Ruckman led the girls through a series of drills throughout the 90 minutes working on creating space for open shots, hitting shots off the catch while on the move and finishing at the rim. In this format you can really see how special Akoro can be. At 6'2 she can handle and shoot the outside shot like very few players. She can handle the ball like a guard and moves the ball around her back, between her legs and back and forth with true style and grace. Like the ball is on a string, it is always in her control. She has always had an ability to shoot the ball. You could tell she is still rounding back into to shape and getting her core strength back as there wasn't as much lift on her shot as I have seen in the past. Still,

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