Posted On: 11/3/19 7:38 AM

Sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Although we love to focus on players who make a big leap up the Prep Girls Hoops prospect rankings, some athletes make incremental improvement over longer periods of time. That needs to be recognized. These are the kids who are putting in the work to develop their skills, earn their way into the varsity lineup and raise their status as prospects. In the Class of 2021 the poster child for this group has to be Natalie Holte.

The 5’6 point guard from Shakopee first caught our attention about two years ago when she was playing on the Minnesota Stars team that was, at the time, arguably the third-best group in the AAU club. You could see then that she had potential. What we have seen since, however, is a steady progression of skill development. Last winter when she assumed the role of starting point guard on the Shakopee varsity, Holte proved that our faith in her was not misplaced. That trend continued in the summer.

Over the last four 2021 rankings updates, Holte has risen from the #91 position up to 84th, 63rd, 56th and now into the top 50 at #47. Although

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