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Benton Harbor – Kysre Gondrezick of Benton Harbor is accustomed to playing up.
In May of 2013 Gondrezick was 15-years-old when she tried out for the USA 16-and-under team in Colorado Springs. She reached the final cut.
Again, this past spring, Gondrezick, a 5-9 junior, tried out for the USA 17-and-under team with the same results.
“She’s never played with her age group,” her mother and coach Lisa Harvey-Gondrezick said. “At a Nike tournament this past summer she shot 54 percent and made the top five.”
Gondrezick and her sister, Kalabrya, a senior, are two of the top players in the Midwest. Kalabrya signed with Michigan State; her sister is rated as the top player in the state according State Champs Network.
Last season Kysre Gondrezick averaged 29.4 points and Harvey-Gondrezick said that average is likely to increase this season. Five times last season Kysre scored over 40 points.
As far as the recruiting trail is concerned Kysre has not narrowed her choices down to five or six or another number, according to Harvey. Among the schools Kysre is considering include Connecticut, Duke, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
“Kysre eats, sleeps and drinks basketball,” Harvey-Gondrezick said. “She’s an all-year-round basketball player. Every single day. We have to make her take days off. She’s a camera, lights, action type of player. The basketball court is her stage.”
Harvey-Gondrezick is a stickler for fundamentals. This, plus her devotion to her daughters, is a driving force for Kysre and Kalabrya.
Harvey-Gondrezick played at Louisiana Tech but it’s safe to say she’s having more fun coaching than she did playing.
“I love coaching them,” Harvey-Gondrezick said. “Instruction is everything. I have a passion for developing a young lady into a personable representative in our community.”
2. Cierra Rice, Grosse Point South, 5-9, sr.: A versatile player, Rice signed with Illinois. She played the point her freshmen and junior year, and played small forward as a sophomore. Rice averaged 18 points and shot 56 percent from the field last season.
3. Madrieka Cook, Muskegon, 6-0, jr.: Cook has one of the better outside games for a player 6-feet or taller. She averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds last season and he’s committed to Michigan State.
4. Tania Davis, Goodrich 5-3, sr.: Davis averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.2 steals per game last season and she signed to play at Central Michigan.
5. Kalabrya Gondrezick, Benton Harbor, 5-9, sr.: Gondrezick averaged 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists. She’s an unselfish player who gets her teammates involved. Gondrezick signed with Michigan State.
6. Erika Davenport, Clarkston, 6-1, sr.: The Associated Press 2014 Class A Player of the Year, Davenport is a monster in the paint with a nice move to the rim. She averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds per game last season. Committed to Marquette.
7. Amber Jamison, Rochester Adams, 6-1, sr.: An athletically-gifted, strong player on the block with a soft touch, Jamison averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds last year on a league-title squad (OAA White Division). She signed with Northwestern.
8. Samantha Thomas, Birmingham Marian, 5-10, so.: Thomas helped Marian win a state title last season and has a strong understanding of the game. She has a fast-developing inside-out game. Thomas is considered a frontrunner for in the 2017 Miss Basketball race.
9. Destiny Pitts, Detroit Country Day, 5-11, so.: A superstar-in-the-making, Pitts is a wing who is already attracting interest from major Division I schools. Accurate from the perimeter, Pitts has the ability to takes defenders off the dribble to the hoop.
10. Taiye Bello, Southfield-Lathrup, 6-3, jr.: A lanky post player, Bello has a wide wingspan and possesses good jumping ability. Bello has a huge upside and is being recruited by a number of Big Ten schools.
11. Reyna Frost, Reese, 6-0, sr.: A post player, Frost averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks last season She’s on pace to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career. Frost signed with Central Michigan.
12. Sydnee McDonald, Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 5-8, sr.: A transfer from Flint Hamady, McDonald sat out the first semester last season then averaged 17.4 points the last half of the season. She’s being recruited by several Division I schools. McDonald is uncommitted.
13. Ariel Bethea, Ann Arbor Huron, 5-8, sr.: A three-year starter, Bethea averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists. She signed with Detroit. Bethea suffered a stress fracture playing soccer and her