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