It’s every little hoopers dreams to make varsity their freshman year of high school. It takes a lot of hard work, and it takes a little luck. There are a ton of talented kids that don’t see this dream come true through no personal fault- being part of upperclassmen led programs. Some freshman see their dreams fulfilled only to play a secondary role on the team, due again to being on stacked teams. Still, there are some that not only meet this base dream but also meet their wildest dream- completely ball out and dominate. Here are some kids that are guaranteed to make on varsity this year.
Aliesa Ode | Saginaw Heritage | Wing
Aliesa is a member of a really strong Mystics 2026 team. The six footer is the product of two college basketball players, and you can see this play out on the court. She is as well rounded as you can get at this age. She can guard all five spots and rebounds in and out of space. She is a very long athlete that gets her hands on passes and shots with devastating success. The lefty is known as a bullseye shooter in AAU circles but will show a more complete skill set in high school, as she is hard to check off the bounce. If used to her full ability, Aliesa is a kid that could make the Miss Basketball list.
Lily Williams | Homeschool | Post
Kids that are above six foot are hard to find. A coach lucky enough to find one can dominate, look at the WNBA. Lily is a kid that will dominate, but you will have a hard time seeing here as she does not play on a MHSAA team. Still, you need to see her. The 6’5 post already has offers from Ohio State and MSU. She is a phenomenal shot blocker that combines incredible timing and height to swat every ball in and out of her area. Lily has a great back to the basket game and rebounds her position at a high level. This is another kid that could win a Miss Basketball, if she ever attends a high school.
Sienna Wolfe | Rockford | Wing
This kid plays the game the right way. She is a taller wing that can guard 1-5 and score on 1-5 as well. She is solid in catch and shoot situations. She has a variety of moves in her drive game and finishes drives with the shoulder to create space. What I love most though is her passing. In today’s society, where the Twitter/Instagram/Mixtape is littered with kids that take shots that are average to good shots, to get their point total up, Sienna passes these shots up to find open teammates. She’s a kid that I would want to play alongside.
Sadie Dykstra | Yale | Wing
Sadie is going to put up video game numbers at Yale and should lead her high school on a deep playoff run. She is just shy of six feet tall and smacks the backboard on her layups. She projects as a D-1 player as she is impossible to stop off of the bounce. She has shown solid touch in the mid range game and could easily score over 20 points a game. Probably the best part of her game is that she relishes in doing the little things that help make teams cohesive. She is one of those unique kids that is both a glue kid and a lead scorer.
Kendyl Smith | Lake Fenton | Point Guard
There has been a ton of buzz on Kendyl since her elementary AAU days. She is a very smooth guard that has a great feel for the game. Her range on her jumper is easily WNBA+. She loves to run and push the ball and will form an unstoppable backcourt with her sister. Lake Fenton was already stacked, so expect a deep playoff run.