Melissa Zornig


CLASS: 2010



  • Coto de Caza, CAHometown
  • Santa Margarita Catholic High School
  • 5-9Height
  • Weight
  • Overall Rank
  • 30Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

Nike Extravaganza-Feb. 10: We%u2019ve been a big enough fan of this scorer-deluxe from Santa Margarita that we%u2019ve been able to hunt her down in spite of several hair-color changes. Because of that, as well as her basketball skill set, Zornig is a master of deception. Watch her fill it up from beyond the arc and you can mistakenly brand her as %u201Cjust%u201D a shooter. But get up in her grill and she can chew up defenders, particularly along the baseline, and take the ball to the rack or pull up most anywhere along the way. At 5-9, she also knows her way around the low blocks and can provide an occasional post-up surprise, enabling execution with an inverted interior player making the entry. Against Long Beach Wilson, Zornig took 27 shots to score 25 points, which doesn%u2019t exactly scream offensive efficiency. However, she does throw the ball to her teammates; they just don%u2019t always catch the passes or do anything afterward. Her high-school team, out of necessity, and her consequent influences on the club scene have reinforced a perception of her as being too much of a gunner to play the point. Isolating her from such sway, the college level and Santa Barbara could be the best place for Zornig to flourish.

Deep South Classic-April 09: Many have tried to pigeonhole Zornig as a point guard, but she is a scorer, through and through, though she can make plays for her teammates, based on that scoring ability. We've been watching her for a while, but she's rarely looked better than the entire weekend with the Sparks at Deep South. Though a newcomer, Zornig already is a player with whom her teammate want the ball. She sometimes is overlooked as a scorer because she's really so unconventional. Whether with one-handed floaters off the break, quick-spin moves off either low box, mid-range pullups or three-point launch, Zornig may not always look the part, but the ball has a tendency to settle into the bottom of the net. On the break, or against converging defenses, she also has an ability to put the ball where her scorers need it. Based on her first outing with the Sparks, Zornig is the kind of player who does better with more-talented teammates and against tougher competition.

TOC Dec. 08: A very fundamental and instinctual player. Her skills allow her to make the most of opportunities defenses give to her. She can create to a degree against the right defenders but will have to take that to another level as she faces more mature and athletic defenders. Shoots it with text book form but needs just a little time to get it off. She does have an effective pull up and is a very heady player in her decision making. In the right 'system', she has lots of potential.

Summer 08: A fantastic perimeter scorer who just has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. Can shoot on the catch or off the dribble. Needs to find ways to create for teammates more consistently.


Club Team: Cal Sparks Gold