The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020


12. Hailey Van Lith

Cashmere basketball star Haily Van Lith (Photo: Don Seabrook/The Wenatchee World)

School: Cashmere (Washington)
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard
College: Uncommitted

Through three years, Hailey Van Lith’s achievements in Washington have been unparalleled.

She has helped her team go undefeated in district play three years in a row, winning the championship each time. She was the Caribou Trail League Player of the Year all three years and the Washington State 1A Tournament MVP in 2018 and 2019. In the 2018 Washington State Tournament, she set a record for most points in a game (36), most points in a tournament (83) and, unsurprisingly, averaged the most points in a tournament, according to Cashmere head coach Brent Darnell.

Van Lith is on pace to break the state record of 2,900 career points, and already holds the Cashmere record in the major statistic categories including points, rebounds assists and steals.

Last season, Van Lith averaged 34.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 4.9 assists per game while setting records with a 52 point game and making 12 3s in one contest. She was named to the ALL-USA First Team.

This summer, all she’s done is go out and win more.

Van Lith was named the MVP of the USA Women’s 2019 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup. She also won MVP of the USA Basketball 3×3 U18 National Championship in 2018.

SLAM Online called her the “Lady James Harden” (she’s a lefty and can score with apparent ease). ESPNW narrated her ball handling training, highlighting dribbling moves she borrows from Kyrie Irving, and quoted her club coach calling her the “best ball handler” he’s seen in his “40, 45 years” of coaching.

With her college commitment still unannounced, Van Lith should have the national spotlight as she plays her final year of high school ball.


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