The well-known and famed Willowbrook Thanksgiving Tournament is always full of the best talent this area has to offer.. so far this year has been no different. Below are my standouts from the first 3 days!
Montini is still home to two of the best guards in the state.. and this weekend that was put on display by the uncommitted Lithuanian National team player. Finishing off Day 2 with 19pt & Day 3 with 12pts, 7 rebs and 5 asts .. Victorias ball handling & IQ.. mixed with her tempo in the open court is a sight to see. She can weave her way through 2-4 defenders to score or to create an easy bucket for a teammate. She can shoot the long ball, score around the rim or run an offense the entire game. A two-way player that is forsure to make more noise as the season goes on.
The speed, quickness and aggression toward the game is evident when Sepulveda takes the floor.. and that’s the key reason for her outstanding play. Game 1 she left the court with 46 points.. going 21/29. Game 2.. she finished early with 26 points, 3 assists, 3 steals. Her ability to score from all areas on the court seems to come with ease, but it’s the will to show the same aggression on the defensive side of the ball that stamps this kid. She wants it, she wants to be the best team player she can be, she wants to make the big plays (on both sides), most importantly she wants to win. A huge season seems to be in her future.
An aggressive combo guard who has the complete skillset to score at all levels. In all three games Patricija’s athleticisim, versatility and speed were put on display. She can knockdown the long ball at a high clip, use her craftiness and strength to attack the paint, or simply play the point and create for others. High IQ, passion to win, and the ability to adjust and adapt to any situation. Patricija is bound to finish off a majority of games with 15+ points, 5+ rebounds and assists.
With nothing but time on her side, Peetz’s upside is high. She has the length, athleticism and defensive/offensive instincts to alter a game. On the boards she’s beyond impactul and smart. She knows how to use her length and body to secure rebounds on both sides of the court. Offensively she can score in multiple ways around the block in midrange area. Soft touch around the rim with both hands. Averaging a double double is highly possible for the sophomore.
Nia is one of those strong guards who can legit go in and out of making plays for herself or others with no drop off in productivity. She can make the simple pass or the crafty dime. Score off an assist or use her creativity to get a bucket when needed. Her motor, hustle, awareness and her attention to be secure and smart with the ball are a huge pluses as well. Defensively her aggression matches the energy she shows on the offensive side.
A crafty guard whose creativity is off the charts. Three level scorer, strong ball handler, and sharp shooter from the arc. She can be impactful with or without the ball in her hand. A system type player who can convert her skillset to whatever a team needs. In a couple of the games, Rimon showed her marskwomanship from beyond the arc. The accuracy and consistency stood out the most. She doesn’t second guess her shot, the confidence is definitely present.
A talented 2 guard that crashes the boards relentlessly. Carver’s has improved throughout the summer, and it was on display during the Broncos 3rd game against the host team. A flawless release from behind the arc mixed with strong ball handling skills to get to the rim, is always key for off ball guards. Defensively her length, and toughness allows her to guard multiple positions when needed. She can play the passing lines, stay on ball with focus and discipline. It also gives her the ability to be heavily impactful on both sides of the board. Her skill set is adaptable to all situations.