Posted On: 08/19/21 11:09 AM

The featured image is of Eva Dodds Eva Dodds 5'8" | SG New Prairie | 2023 State IN (2023) of New Prairie High School and Tipping Point 16U.

With the 2021 grassroots season having ended a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to finish introducing several of the state’s teams in four final articles related to this. The bigger programs in 17U-15U have already gotten their own articles, while some of the smaller programs and individual teams will be found in these articles summarizing the remaining teams in each of the same age groups, 17U-15U. Below is a look at a handful of 16U teams who stood out throughout the Spring & Summer of 2021.


DistinXion Champions 16U
The DistinXion Champions program is operated by former Washington star Luke Zeller and family. They always have hard-working teams who also train a lot in their downtime. With regards to their 16U group, specifically, Ava Sowder Ava Sowder 5'8" | SF Eastern (Pekin) | 2023 State IN (2023) of Eastern (Pekin) stands out and appears in our 2023 Top-175 rankings. She is a long, fluidly athletic, and somewhat smooth wing who plays a variety of roles for this team and the Musketeers. She seemingly glides around the floor at times, slicing to the basket

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