For the first time since she began playing basketball, Katie Lou Samuelson doesn’t have an older sister alongside her this season. While older sisters Bonnie and Karlie are playing for Stanford, Samuelson has stayed in contention for the American Family Insurance ALL-USA team. The 6-3 junior has led Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) to a 15-1 record and No. 2 spot in the USA TODAY Super 25 girls basketball rankings. She has not announced where she plans to attend college.
Until April, when the postseason ALL-USA boys basketball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This Week’s Player: Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) junior wing.
2013-14 Stats: Through 16 games, Samuelson is averaging 26.8 points, with 3.3 three-pointers and 6.6 rebounds.
Best Games: On Friday, she had 34 points with five rebounds in only 23 minutes in an 86-37 defeat of Archbishop Williams (Braintree, Mass.) at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. On Dec. 19, in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, she had 38 points and 14 rebounds in a 62-61 defeat of Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor, Ill.).
Others’ Take: “We run a lot of stuff around her. We’re built around her and she gets points inside, outside and in transition or in the press. She’ll find ways to score. We don’t worry about her getting shots. She’s one of the best players in the country and she wants to be one of the best players in the country. I’m not going to say she’s better than Kaleena (Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, a Mater Dei graduate now playing for Connecticut), but she’s in the neighborhood and that’s an awfully good neighborhood.” –- Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan.
Her Take: “I need to work on posting up more, trying to get stronger and be able to make moves in the post. I need to keep working on my drives and try to finish. … Playing USA Basketball this summer really helped me a lot, being there with the best players in my class. It really helped for me come back and be a leader on my team.”
Look Out For: Manvel, Texas, senior forward Brianna Turner, a Notre Dame signee who is averaging 20.1 points and 4.3 assists through 28 games. Westview (Portland, Ore.) senior wing Jaime Nared, who is averaging 29.3 points and 3.6 assists through 14 games and had 32 points in a 66-54 loss on Jan. 3 to South Medford (Medford).