As has become custom, I attended the Dakota Showcase recently to case out some future South Dakota State basketball players (since I never get to see high school kids play during the prep season).
Here are my very (very) amateur (and short-term) scouting reports on the three who have given verbal commitments to the Jackrabbits.
Macy Miller, 5-11, Jr., point guard, Mitchell:
Although she has two years left of high school and still may not be 100 percent due to a year-old injury to her left knee, Miller (above) is tall and strong and unlike anybody that has run the point for SDSU in my six years covering the team.
She can see over the defense, is poised to the point of making things look easy and/or to be moving in slow motion and seems to set up the half-court offense with a sort of quiet authority. Miller also rebounds well and has a mature mid-range game. She said she’s working on her 3-point shot going forward.
Multiple high school coaches have told me that they always figured her for a Big Ten or Big 12 player, and it doesn’t take much time to see why.
Kaitlyn Severyn, 6-foot, Jr., guard/forward, Pierre:
Technically sound, meaning she pivots well, properly uses her elbows to clear space and can defend probably three positions. Severyn also has good size and is athletic. Her summer coach believes she’ll be better in college than in high school (not unlike another Pierre-to-SDSU kid, Katie Lingle).
That said, she reminds me of upcoming SDSU sophomore Zach Horstman – well-rounded, versatile and team-oriented. I call these kids, “plug-and-play,” meaning they’re ready to go and fit right into any system. (Her brother, Lane, another kid with an offer from SDSU, has some of those same tendencies, in my opinion.)
Kerri Young, 6-foot, Sr., guard/forward, Mitchell:
In just a few minutes of playing, Young did the following things: sneak out on the break, lead the break, finish on the break and pass for a score on the break. Yes, she loves to run and has a knack for scoring.
My best guess is that she’ll be a 2 or a 3 for the Jacks, but in certain situations could see spot duty as a 4 or maybe even a 1 – she’s that multidimensional and skilled.
Again, I can’t put my finger on what one current or former SDSU player she resembles, but has pieces from several recent 1,000-point scorers.
The bottom line: There’s no telling what the future holds for these three. But they seems to fit into the SDSU system in terms of style of play and their in-state roots, while also bringing some unique elements. What’s more, they represent a mere half of the verbals currently on record (Chynna Stevens, Tiffany Flaata and Clarissa Ober being the others). To be able to work that far in advance is a rare luxury at the mid-major level.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.