Park Center junior Adalia McKenzie scored 49 points against Spring Lake Park in the Pirates game at Target Center on Wednesday, January 22nd...kstp.com
Anyone know if Coach Whalen or staff was at this game?
Park Center guard Adalia McKenzie is arguably the best girls’ high school basketball player in Minnesota not named Paige Bueckers, certainly the most explosive.
McKenzie is listed at 5-10 but she confirms that she’s actually a bit shorter (“I’m 5-8 but I play like I’m 6-1,” she said with a laugh). Just a junior, she’s nearly always the most dangerous, dominant player on the court.
A born scorer, blessed with a lightning quick first-step and the innate ability to finish, she leads the metro averaging just over 31 points per game. She’s topped 40 points four times this season, including a 49-point effort in an 80-55 victory over Spring Lake Park in January at Target Center.
“She’s a scoring machine,” said Park Center coach Barb Metcalf. “She has an extra gear that other players don’t have and she seems to find it when we need it most.”
Undecided. Minnesota is high on her list, but she’s also shown interest in Iowa and Marquette. “And I plan on taking college visits and seeing my options,” she said.”
Czinano was offered.Here is the updated known offers for class of 2021. 4 available scholarships with Hubbard the only senior on 20-21 team.
Sophie Hart-Farmington-6’5 Center ESPN Ranked #43
Kendall Coley-St.Louis Park-6’2 Guard/Forward
Adalia McKenzie-Park Center- 5’10 Guard/Forward
Ellie Dague-Henning-5’9 Guard
Giana Kneepkens- Duluth Marshall-5’11 Guard
*Possible but no confirmation Whalen has been to watch Maggie Czinano- Watertown-Mayer-5’11 Guard. (sister of Monica Czinano at Iowa)
Out of State Offers:
Jersey Wolfenbarger, 6’1 PG, Northside HS (AR) ESPN Ranked #19
Ariana Wiggins, 5’8 G, Heritage Christian (IN) ESPN Ranked #29
Meg Newman, 6’2 W, North Central (IN) ESPN Ranked #46
Maggie’s sister currently leads the Big Ten in FG%. Do they play the same position?
I see she’s from Minnesota, so that probably helped a lot.
Would love for Borowicz and Dauge commit too. Make it a year for out of metro kids who are really good. Take a page out of SDSU/USDs book.
Maggie is a guard instead of a post like Monica. She ranges in the 5'11-6'0 range. When I saw her in person she looks to be a very long guard. great jump shot and bounce to her.
The Gophers are not "passing" on Adalia McKenzie. She is planning to visit other schools before making a commitment but is leaning heavily toward Minnesota.Passing on Adalia McKenzie is one of the worst things the gophers could do. McKenzie is BY FAR, the best guard in the class of 2021 in the state.
I mean it more as a response to the "they should go after only kids out of the metro" comment. I know they are interested and I think if the Gophers can get her they would happily. IMO she is must-get level of player in the class of 2021The Gophers are not "passing" on Adalia McKenzie. She is planning to visit other schools before making a commitment but is leaning heavily toward Minnesota.
I hear Hopkins is a good school to find recruits.