in yesterday's Journal. Alex Romano, Danni Williams, and Teige Zeller all receiving offers already as frosh and a soph. And Yvonne emphasizing going hard after the best in state players early. Interesting how it sounds like a ittle jealousy from high school teammates can creep in and it puts a little more pressure to get out and perform.
The jealousy thing seems to be built into modern high school sports.... even coaches can be a part of it. I've seen a player who was the best in her high school program from the time she started playing summer league with the varsity in seventh grade, spend the first three years of her high school career being "cut down to size" by her coaches. Her team mates were friends, but though she was the school's all-time scoring leader by her junior year, they never voted her more than a share of the MVP award. Though she was being heavily recruited in large part because of a high basketball IQ the coaches promoted a player with a solidly negative assist-turnover ratio to the media as the "brains" of the operation.
During her senior year she was the only returning starter and loaded up a frosh-soph dominated team on her back and surprised everyone by taking them to the first round of State. She earned various All-State and All-Area honors. All of the sudden her coach was praising her to the heavens -- because the freshmen and sophomores on that team saw her abilities for what they were and didn't need to be appeased as the girls a year ahead of her in school had to be in the previous years.
It's a common thread. There was a piece on YouTube a while back about an English girl who performs all sorts of ball-handling tricks in soccer; earning halftime shows at Premier League games and so forth. She mentioned that her club team mates make her miserable dissing her as a showboat who can do tricks but "isn't all that" on the field in real games. Maybe true, maybe it isn't, but unfortunately it seems that in today's sports environment, "phenoms" almost need to apologize for the extra interest and effort they put into their sports.
Go Lobos! Go Erskine & Shump! Go Lucas! Go Cam!
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