Sports & Recreation

Best High School Athlete 

Napheesa Collier

Napheesa Collier still has her senior year to complete at Incarnate Word Academy, but her skills as a high school basketball phenom have long captured the attention of college teams. Notre Dame, Missouri, Maryland, Kentucky — they all wanted to sign the six-foot-one-inch Collier, ranked the fifth best player in the nation in the 2015 graduating class. But after she led Incarnate Word (31-1) to its second straight Class 4A Missouri championship last year (with Collier recording 33 points and nine rebounds on her way to becoming Missouri's Gatorade Player of the Year), Collier was the first recruit to give a verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut. Collier, who was also the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 4 Player of the Year, averaged 23.7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocked shots per game during her junior year. One wonders how much better and stronger she'll be in her final season for the Incarnate Word Red Knights.

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