2028 Spring First Impressions

2028 Spring First Impressions

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2028 5-7 G Destiny Wilmington – NME – East Paulding
East Paulding’s talented 2028 group is ready to make an impact on the varsity level starting with Destiny Wilmington. The Raiders have been starved for shot making and quality guard play, two areas Wilmington should immediately star in. Destiny is a solid athlete with a knockdown three-point shot. She finishes with a high release, snapping her wrist as her shots snap the net. Destiny scores from beyond the arc in bunches and will likely be East Paulding’s best three-point shooter from Day 1. Aside from her offensive prowess, Wilmington does a nice job rebounding from her guard position and is a willing defender that contests shots on the move.

2028 5-7 PG Kennedy Smith – NME – Mt. Paran
I was impressed with Kennedy’s all-around feel for the game. The heady guard is a stat sheet stuffer that does a lot well. Smith has wiry length and is adept at reading plays before they happen, tracking down rebounds and loose balls before others thanks to her quick instincts. Kennedy scores the ball off the dribble with her jumper, working in pull-ups and drives. She opens up the floor with her three-point shot and will crash in for offensive rebounds if defenders forget to put a body on her. Smith is a toolsy player that can hurt opponents in a variety of ways aside from just scoring, with her activity level paramount to her effectiveness.

2028 5-6 G Madison Whitfield – NME – East Paulding
Listed at 5-foot-6, Madison has rangy defensive skills. Whitfield guards on the perimeter and battles when stuck guarding posts. She does a good job walling up and will sacrifice her body to draw offensive fouls. The lefty rebounds well for her size and cuts without the ball to find open spaces in the defense.

2028 5-5 G Ava Dyer – NME – North Paulding
The sharpshooter is known for her three-point marksmanship, often times getting a lot of open looks in the corners. While her range draws headlines, Dyer does other things well also. She is a tough-nosed rebounder for her size, not afraid to mix it up under the rim. Ava has good hands on defense, quick enough to shoot into passing lanes or attack weak ball handlers by swiping steals.

2028 5-4 G Madelyn Drucker – BCB – Jackson County
Madelyn figures to play substantial minutes as a freshman at Jackson County. Drucker has a polished skillset, able to dribble and score with both hands. She can help flip the court in the press, using a crossover to keep the ball in the middle to avoid being trapped. Madelyn drops in floaters in traffic and can score from 15-feet with range starting to consistently extend to the three-point line. Drucker is an underrated defender with an opportunistic mindset, able to poach steals and block shots when opponents least expect it.