Posted On: 12/17/19 6:43 AM

There were a lot of very nice players at the HVL-TRC Showdown in Rochester over the weekend but only a couple would be considered serious candidates for Division 1 basketball. The most obvious of those would be 6’4 junior Sacia Vanderpool of Byron. Vanderpool turned in a dominant performance Saturday at Mayo Civic Center, putting up 25 points and pulling down a bushel of rebounds in the Bears’ 54-40 victory over Southland. It was one of the best performances at the event, which features teams from the Hiawatha Valley League against opponents from the Three Rivers Conference, both located in Southeastern Minnesota.

It was typical of what we have seen from Vanderpool in recent months. Against undersized opponents – honestly I felt sorry for Southland sophomore Bailey Johnson who was giving away at least six inches and a whole lot of strength in the match-up – Vanderpool is unstoppable. Against top-level posts in AAU basketball she can now more than hold her own and, on some occasions, dominate her opponents. That is obviously appealing to the D1s.

Junior Sacia Vanderpool of Byron

As you can see from the photos, Vanderpool has a big body. Sacia

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