Juniors and Sophomores With A Big Season Ahead
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Both classes have a tremendous amount of talent, but below are some of the players who I believe will have strong seasons. Dalia Dejesus IL #25 SF #10 HEIGHT 5'11" POS SF CLASS 2026 View Profile Dalia Dejesus State: Illinois…
Both classes have a tremendous amount of talent, but below are some of the players who I believe will have strong seasons.
Known as one of the most talented young players in the Central Illinois area, Dejesus will be a key contributor for her Dee-Mack team, if not the main. With a wide ranged skillset, and a consistent and unmatched work ethic, Dalia should be a lock in for multiple individual awards as the season goes on.
Garcia-Evans has a unique skillset that she uses well with her size. She can score from the rim to the three, her handles are strong and purposeful, and she’s often tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best or 2nd best player. The key thing that sticks out for me is how she finds multiple ways to be impactful, even while playing with two other stand out players. Evan’s will be a name to keep an ear out for.
A player that plays with a ton of patience and enthusiasm. Bell has many intangibles that should translate at the next level. Great size, athleticism, confidence, and a smooth jumper that’s effective from the midrange and beyond. Her versatility doesn’t go unnoticed either. She shows strength in the paint and on the boards.
Nordstrom will be a one of many main factors on this year’s Lake Zurich team. The roster is compiled of a good group of talent and tremendous size at multiple positions, but the intriguing thing about Layne will be her utilizing her skillset in PNR situations. The college level is keen on playing out of those actions, and I think she’s in a perfect situation to show her IQ and play making ability as well as her scoring.
I was able to catch a St. Ignatius game yesterday, and Keberlein was already showing her impact. She can score in multiple ways, but with a majority of it being at the rim. The skill that stands out to me the most is her effort, which shouldn’t be a skill.. but you can tell she prides herself on playing every possession with purpose. She goes for the loose ball, she takes risks in the passing lane, and doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown. Defensively, that same “high effort” mindset is still applied.
I definitely need to do my job better, cause I have no idea how I haven’t been up to speed on Rager. My apologies!! This kid is TALENTED. I’ve tracked down multiple games, and highlights and the consistency of her impact is present in majority of her games. The numbers are big, but it’s her natural feel for the game that sticks out. She moves with confidence and is a legitimate 3 level scorer. A top 25 player in this class.
*rankings will be updated in December*
Coming off a strong win yesterday, Davorija put up great numbers as well. The athleticism, the aggression and the motor is unmatched. She simply does whatever the team needs of her and that’s on both ends of the court. The IQ is high, and seems to still be growing each time she touches the court. A top player in this class, and she’s not slowing down.
Carver has one of the most fluid shots in this class, let alone the state and this year it’ll be on display even more. She’s a rebounding machine with a strong motor, that plays every possession with purpose. Her skillset isn’t fancy, but it gets the job done. Shea makes plays, she scores, and has the energy and focus to defend who ever is in front of her.
Mogilinski has the height of her Broncos program, and it’ll be needed in a ton of matchups through out the season. When Jordan sets focus, she’s one of the most impactful players on the defensive side of the ball. Whether it’s blocking, or having the ability to switch out on the perimeter and challenge the guards. Offensively, she can score around the rim, run the break and make plays from the block to the nail.
A coaches favorite type of point guard. Abdul has the skillset to be impactful in both roles as a guard. She can facilitate or score, and she’s shown on multiple occasions of her doing it at a high level. Being the focal point for her Wheaton North team, Nora will be the main factor on the scouting sheet, but she has a sense of calmness about her that shows she can play through it. A strong season should be ahead.