Posted On: 04/9/19 10:01 PM
One of the first prospects that caught my attention this spring was the game of Hope Sivori. The 5’5 point guard had a very solid first AAU tournament at the Shamrock Classic in Indianapolis and has been performing at a high level ever since. She’s a true lead guard who handles it well and has great instincts passing the ball. Along with that ball-handling and decision making she has the ability to shoot the ball at an elite level. Her shooting was something that first attracted me to her game and the more I watched, the more I could see that she is a high level point guard. Her high school season for Mercy Academy this past year was one for the ages.
“This year was my best high school season yet,” Sivori said. “I hit 1,000 points this year. I am maturing as a ball player and handling the ball with more composure.”
Sivori has the ability to change pace really well with the ball. This skill makes her even more attractive to colleges because she has the ability to play in any offensive scheme. She isn’t just an offensive power either, she grades out as an above average defender and I see her being able to become an elite defender. Even though Sivori stands just 5’5, she has a lot of strength in her upper body. This strength allows her to score at the rim through contact which other small guards might not be able to do.
At this point, I think she is just a little bit under-the-radar as her lone offer is from Bellarmine. She has visited Bellarmine and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville thus far in her process. Sivori is a high academic player who looks to be a leader both on and off the court. This leadership has also led to her hearing from University of Cumberland and Wichita State. Whomever grabs her at the next level will get a player who isn’t just worried about her own accomplishments, but the development of others.
Sivori isn’t a player who is caught up in what level she goes to. The biggest thing she is looking for is a good community and environment. Her recruitment should pick up this summer as she runs with Indy Gym Rats Silver. This is a team based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana that has a host of national level recruits. As she gets in front of those regional low major, DII, and NAIA schools this summer, I wouldn’t be shocked to see some offers flow her way as she gets into her senior season.
“I’m super excited about the growth and development all of my teammates will receive in the next year,” Sivori said. “We also have really good freshman coming in.”