(There are many more well deserving freshmen, however this list is ONLY kids I have seen in person and have seen enough to be comfortable with my evaluation. There are several other freshmen that I’ve seen that are good, but I need to see more of them to give my evaluation. I will continuously add to this post as I see fit.)
Alana Belknap (G) Dover
Alana is a long smooth shooter. At 5’10” her ability to shoot the ball becomes even more intriguing. She has a certain swag about her on the court, she has the potential to be a very unique player. As she grows and gets stronger she will get better and more comfortable getting to the rim. Unfortunately an early ACL injury has sidelined her for the year.
Marissa Berlin (C) Green
Marissa is a true post, standing at least 6’1″, probably bigger, with a solid build. She will be a solid force in the paint all 4 years of high school. She moves well for her size and has decent hands. As she gets uses to the size and strength of the high school opponents she will become a bigger impact player. Lots of room to grow, but certainly a high ceiling.
Lizzie Bickar (PG/G) Tallmadge
Lizzie is very intriguing, she has a sixth sense about her game. She has really good decision making for a kid her age. She’s got a decent shot at this point but is ahead of the curve for kids her age when getting to the rim and finishing. Very fundamental and safe with the basketball.
Casey Bertke (F/C) Cardington-Lincoln
Casey is a big force in the paint, at 6’1″ and some serious length, she knows what to do with the ball. Her mobility will allow her to evolve and add to her game as she puts in more work. Really solid on the defensive end. She reminds me a lot of 2-time D3 POY Ashley Richardson from Chippewa. Big time potential for Casey.
Emma Brown (G) Copley
Emma has a chance to become a great shooter. At her ages she is already an above average shooter, mostly in spot up situations. She’s a longer guard with some decent ball skills. Emma’s potential is very high and she’s going to be a big part of Green’s program before long.
Katie Clark (G) Walsh Jesuit
Katie is a very gifted athlete. Her strength is extraordinary. Her ability to get to the rim and finish is incredible, due to her wide ranging athleticism. She’s strong enough and has enough body control to finish through contact like a player much older. She has the vertical and creativity to finish with finesse and unpredictability when necessary. Katie also used her strength and speed to be a really good defender. Definitely very excited to see how this young lady develops over the next few years.
Eden Gainer (G/PG) Wheeling Central
I’m very high on Eden, she’s the most skilled kid I’ve seen in the summer before their freshman year since a certain Maryland commit from Jackson HS. She’s not as big but she’s not tiny. Eden can shoot it, has great handles and has an incredible feel for the game, her teammates and the floor. The potential here is tremendous.
Makenna Geiser (G) Dalton
Makenna is an extremely gifted scorer. Her offensive arsenal is already very advanced. She has an uncanny ability to freeze a defender in a triple threat and pull up. Her ability to penetrate and finish is very nice and her midrange game is very advanced. Makenna is going to be fun to watch grow and develop.
Makenzie Green (G/F) Hoover
Due to an ACL tear Makenzie will have to wait until her sophomore year to bust on to the scene. At 6 foot she has guard and post skill, making her very dangerous. She has a very advanced left hand in the post an doff the dribble. Add in a good jump shot at her size and its a great combo. Makenzie is very fundamental and technical player.
Lizzie Imrie (G/F) Nordonia
Lizzie is a very athletic player. She can run and jump with anyone. Loves to defend and be physical as her strength is one of her biggest assets. Her jump shot has improved to a good level and as she learns to trust it more we will all see how beneficial it can be. One day the game is really going to slow down for her and she’s going to take off.
Lauren King (PG) Tri-Valley
At first glance you notice how athletic and tough Lauren is. She plays with a certain amount of aggression and precision that makes her very good. She can do all things on offense well, she shoots and gets to the rim. She’s also a good defender who will bother and interrupt the opposing ballhandler.
Celina Koncz (G) Chippewa
Celina is already a top notch shooter, she will make a career out of being a great 3-point shooter. Her range is already very deep and natural, she has a quick release to go with it. She’s already showing signs of an improved game off the dribble which will make her even more dangerous.
Taylor Leatherman (G/F) Wadsworth
Taylor is a very athletic kid that’s a quick learner. She has worked her way into the starting lineup for the reigning state champs due to her toughness, work ethic and willingness to learn. These things will help Taylor continue to improve and once she trusts herself and realizes how could she can be she will explode.
Lexi Lemire (G) GlenOak
Lexi is quickly becoming a really good player. She likely will never be a top player for GlenOak as they have a really good group of her age but she is going to be very good in her own right. She can shoot the ball very well, and will be a dangerous and reliable shooter defenses have to worry about. She has a good IQ and the speed and swag to make plays in other ways then beyond the arc.
Lindsey Linard (C) Medina
Lindsey has above average mobility and skill for her size. At 6’3″ she can cause problems because she isn’t just a back to the basket type of post. she has a very good understanding of basketball which allows her to make plays. Nice touch from close to midrange, and as a lefty she catches people off guard and unprepared to defend her.
Grace Mangapora (G/F) Canfield
Grace has a very good combination of size and skill. She’s an above average athlete which gives her a trio of assets all coaches are looking for. With many athletes in her family she is destined to be really good, and maybe grow some more. At 5’10” she already has good size and the ball skills to go with it.
Kendyl Mick (G/PG) Sheridan
Kendyl is insanely skilled. She has a tremendous understanding of the game and how it’s played. She’s a very capable scorer but maybe an even better distributer and facilitator. She doesn’t play like a freshman, she is very strong and deliberate. Kendyl has the ability to make plays that will leave you impressed, huge upside.
Addison Mucci (PG) GlenOak
What Addison lacks in size she more than makes up for in energy and skill. Her speed, ball handling and ability to shoot makes her a tough guard. Her intensity and toughness make her a problem on the defensive end. Addison possesses a lot of physical and mental assets that will allow her to continue to grow as she gains experience.
Gabby Piercy (F/C) Jackson
Gabby is a longer more mobile post, at 6’1″ she’s a decent finisher around the rim and runs the floor very well. She is already starting to evolve her game into something that is more midrange oriented. As she puts more work and time in she will continue to grow her game and range and if the ball skills follow she could be very dangerous.
Kallie Regula (G) Garaway
Regula shows good composure and focus for her age. Right now she’s a nice solid shooter with good size and length. As she grows and develops it will be exciting to see what she adds to her game. She will certainly be a threat in the scoring column the next few years.
Hannah Schill (G/F) Southeast
At a young age Hannah does a lot of things well, she has a well rounded game. She handles the ball, defends and scores at an acceptable level. She brings a lot of toughness and intelligence to the floor and will only continue to get better.
Jamie Schmeltz (G) Eastwood
Jamie is truly one of the best in her grade in Ohio, from a small town in NW Ohio she is under the radar. Jamie has a great combination of speed, athleticism, strength and size. She shoots the ball as good as anyone and is a player you cant leave open on the perimeter. She defends, gets to the rim and is a great team player. Definitely a stud in the class.
Emily Seboe (G/F) Loudonville
Emily has prime time shooter written all over her. At 5’10” with great length she will be a tough matchup for any opponent as she develops more aspects to her game and becomes more diverse. As of right now she’s a natural jump shooter that will only get better.
Hayley Smith (F/C) GlenOak
Hallie is a solid 6′ post, really strong frame and above average athleticism. Her ceiling is very high and will cause post mismatches for years to come. Her athleticism in the paint will give opponents headaches.
Rachel Stran (G/F) Jackson
Rachel is long and active, and is one of the best rebounders on the offensive glass I’ve seen. She is pretty creative when acting the rim and is developing a reliable jump shot. Given Rachels length she is a very good defender on the ball and able to be a very solid shot blocker.
Krista Troyer (PG) Hiland
Undersized but very tough, Krista was blessed with great instincts and IQ. Everything she does is 100%, and she has a knack for doing the small things must people overlook or neglect. She brings intensity and focus to the floor but also a desire to manage the floor without having to score. Natural floor general and distributor.
Hannah White (CG) Wheeling Central
Hannah is as athletically gifted as anyone. She runs and jumps like very few can. The thing that sets Hannah apart is that she gives nonstop effort and energy on the defensive end like mo one else does. Couple that with her superior athleticism and it results in many caused turnovers and lots of layups. She is also effective getting to the rim, she can be pretty tough to stop when she’s focused on attacking.