Rachel Banham

Rachel Banham

Point Guard

CLASS: 2011

95

SCOUTS GRADE

  • Lakeville, MNHometown
  • Lakeville North High School
  • 5-8Height
  • Weight
  • 19Overall Rank
  • 5Position Rank
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ESPN Player Evaluations

Nike Nationals-July 10: This 5-foot-7 point guard from Lakeville, Minn., impressed coaches and evaluators early in the summer and continued to do so all the way through North Tartan's loss during the quarterfinals in North Augusta. The Minnesota-bound standout demonstrated a college-level maturity to her play and a court presence that should have the Gopher faithful excited about her decision to stay home for her college career. With the ball in her hands she is strong and aggressive in creating both opportunities for herself as well as her teammates. She utilizes both a change in speed and direction that continually gets defenders out of their stance and leaves them trying to recover and calling for help. In the paint her body control and patience allows her make good decisions on either the pass or the shot. She constantly is on the attack, which gets her to the line time and again and forces opponents to give thought to zone defenses as an answer. Her form and range make her a legitimate 3-point threat but it's her pull up off the dribble that is most impressive. Banham shoots off the dribble from the distance that most guards only think of spotting up and her impressive elevation gives her a good look at any shot she takes. Defensively she's active and physical on the ball and anticipates well with good vision on the weakside. Had she and her teammates advanced, Banham was a strong candidate for the most outstanding player of the event.

Summer Showcase-July 10: Easily one of the more impressive performers on hand was this 5-7 point guard from Lakeville, Minn. Constantly on the attack and pushing the ball on misses, makes and turnovers, she created opportunities for both herself and her teammates time and again. Her explosive play with the ball in her hands created both penetration as well as perimeter looks that she connected on for a high percentage. Add to that the kind of range that requires defenders to close out deep and opponents found themselves constantly rotating and hoping to take away her options. Banham's athleticism translates as well on the defensive end in her ability to corral and turn opposing ballhandlers. Her quick hands got several touches and her anticipation produced some steals and conversions. The folks at the University of Minnesota will glad this talented guard chose to stay home.

Boo Williams-April 10: The folks at the University of Minnesota seem to have a commitment who keeps getting better and better all the time. The 5-foot-7 point guard from Lakeville, Minn., demonstrates a consistency both in her play and her improvement. Her textbook skills and court instincts have a smooth confidence to them that wasn't as evident in the past. In addition to being in command of the floor, she has the stroke and range to force defenders to play her honest and in turn making her all the more effective. Physically she has the tools to hold her own with both bigger and quicker guards. If her play this weekend is any indication, opponents should be the ones worrying about holding their own with her. (Lewis)

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