Versatile players are valuable to every team. These are the players who can fit multiple roles that the team needs. They are able to learn how their coach wants them to play both inside and outside. In one game they could be trusted to take the game-winning outside shot. In another game they could be trusted to be the one to post up and take a game-winning hook shot.
In North Jersey, there are many versatile players in high school girls’ basketball. This is especially true when it comes to players who contribute to both the point guard and two guard positions as well as the small forward and center positions. There is also a handful of players dedicated to learning more than one position to help the needs of the team.
There are four players who stand out because of their great skill and versatility.
These players can contribute in the post:
- They box out, rebound, post up, and finish.
- They can draw fouls inside.
They are able to equally contribute as a guard:
- They can drive in from the outside.
- They can hit three-point shots.
- They can help their teams to break the press by dribbling.
These players can also defend both outside on the perimeter and inside the paint.
Secaucus’ Julia McClure is a joy to watch. This 5’7″ player, who is on her way to Wagner, has scored well over 1,000 points. This player goes above and beyond in order to do everything her team needs her to do to win. She helps bring the ball up, she scores from the outside, she has a nasty baseline drive, she posts up on players, and will eagerly take on the challenge of guarding any player twice her size.
Immaculate Conception’s Samantha Fuehring has a few creative finishes. Fuehring is a 6’3″ McDonald’s All American who is on her way to Lousiville. She has scored 2,000+ career points. She can shoot from outside the 3-point line and regularly helps her team bring the ball up.
Eastside’s Taylor Brown was the 2013-2014 Player of the Year. She is on her way to Clemson. Brown is very strong and can box out and guard anyone. She has great jumping skills and can rebound. She is good at playing the short corner and looks for opportunities to score from inside. She can also shoot off the dribble and score from the outside.
Although only a junior, IHA’s Jordan Wilmoth has already verballed to Dayton. Wilmoth is fundamentally sound. She has good footwork and a clean jump shot. Wilmoth is great at cutting to the foul line and finding teammates open inside the paint. She also knows when to pass out to the wing. She will use her great wingspan to defend guards, but can also box out larger posts.