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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: SB Washington’s Mila Reynolds, Carmel’s Kate Clarke are big-time guards in Indiana’s sophomore class

By: , January 14, 2020, 4:14 pm

South Bend Washington’s Mila Renyolds and Carmel’s Kate Clarke are intriguing college recruits out of the backcourt in the state’s sophomore class, both are big guards with big-time futures on the hardwood. Thoroughbreds, through and through.

The lanky 6-foot-2 Reynolds is being touted as the next Skylar Diggins — but off the ball — and rightfully so. Diggins starred at Washington in the late 2000s and was one of the best lady floor generals the IHSAA has ever witnessed, selected first-team all-state for three straight years (2007-2009). 

Reynolds is a primetime playmaker at the two-guard spot and has the tools to excel at the small forward position, too. A natural scorer, she can manufacture shots as well as anyone in the state right now. The definition of a finisher and a competitor baseline-to-baseline, the coach’s daughter is notching 20 points and 10 rebounds a night on a 14-5 club. She averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game as a fab frosh in 2019. Not many, if any, perimeter players crash the boards harder than Reynolds does and her defensive intensity sets a tone for her teammates.

Clarke is 6-foot-0 and is developing into quite a force of nature with the rock in her hands and the game on the line. She’s averaging 17 points, four assists and four rebounds a night, doubling her output from her freshman campaign. Carmel sports an 11-6 record and Clarke is forging a well-earned reputation for herself as a grinder who can impact a game in multiple ways. Her basketball IQ is off the charts and her leadership qualities are evident as an underclassmen. Calling my shot: Clark will end up being a special player, the kind the Greyhound faithful will remember for years after she leaves campus.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN