“In a modern game that oftentimes lacks toughness, college coaches who are looking for that factor can find it in Lexie Sinclair.”
2021 5’8 PG Lexie Sinclair
These are the words of M14’s Director of Girls Basketball, Ryan Haun, who has been a long-time trainer and coach for Bartlett’s 5’8 junior point guard, Lexie Sinclair. Certainly, Sinclair’s toughness manifests itself in the areas of the game in which toughness traditionally shines without showing up on the stat sheet – she attacks the glass searching for second change opportunities, she never shies away from contact, and she actively searches for opportunities to guard her opponent’s best scoring threat.
But perhaps the junior floor general’s toughness is captured effectively on the stat sheet, as it can be seen in her ability to fill up a stat sheet in the ways that her team needs from her in to succeed in any particular game.
During her All-State junior season, Sinclair’s toughness was on full display as she posted an incredible 19 double-doubles. A prolific scorer from all three levels, Lexie did indeed put up several high-scoring games this winter and even surpassed the milestone of 1,000 career high school points. She’s an excellent perimeter shooter who doubles as a formidable scoring threat off the dribble, and she excels at drawing contact and getting to the free throw line. However, Sinclair’s scoring abilities are just one facet of her well-rounded game, and in the midst of a season that saw her score a whole lot of points, she also managed to set both the program’s single game AND single season assist records. Along those same lines, Sinclair is plus rebounder for any position, much less the PG spot, and that diverse array of abilities makes her a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
Simply put, Sinclair is a bona fide division one prospect, and the interest she has seen from college coaches to date follows that trajectory accordingly. With that said, the rising senior remains uncommitted, and as the basketball world awaits the return of live recruiting opportunities, several coaches from schools across the country have been checking in.
The school that ultimately lands a commitment from Sinclair will be well-positioned to reap the benefits of her impact not only at an early stages of her career, but also through the longer-term, program-altering influence that she can provide both on and off the court.
Now, allow us to introduce you to Lexie in her own words:
As you think ahead toward your ideal college situation, what factors are most important to you in picking a school? What are you looking for in a school and basketball program?
When it comes to picking a school, I am looking for a place with high academics along with a path for a business career. In a basketball program, I am looking for a place that feels like family. I also want a program that prioritizes building relationships and getting to know individual members at a deeper level than basketball alone. I want a coach who will push me to be the best I can be while helping me to improve as a player and a person. And, of course, I want to go somewhere that gives me an opportunity to help build a winning culture.
From your perspective, what are your greatest on-court strengths that you will bring to your future college program? My greatest on-court strengths are my ability to get to the basket while also making the right decisions to kick the ball out if the defense collapses, which puts my teammates in positions to be successful. I also think my ability to finish in many different ways while taking what the defense offers is a strength. I think my grit to win and willingness to do anything I can to help the team win while still fulfilling the responsibilities associated with the role I have on the team will be valued at the next level. My basketball IQ and leadership capabilities will help my future college team.
During this coronavirus-inflicted “shelter-in-place”, which aspects of your game are you working to improve? And how are you being creative with your workout routine? I have been continuing to work on my ball handling to stay sharp. Maintaining foot speed has been an important area of focus, and I have been doing defensive slide drills to be able to maintain that speed on defense. I have been shooting in the driveway and have worked to develop into an even more consistent threat from beyond the deck. I have been using an agility ladder for footwork, doing HIT workouts, going on runs, lifting weights and doing body weight workouts. Whenever we are able to return to the floor, I want to come back better than I was when this shelter-in-place began.
If we asked your teammates what their favorite part about playing alongside you was, what would they say?I believe my teammates would say they love my will to win and do whatever it takes to make winning happen. My teammates admire that I am always looking for the open player and that I want to get everyone involved. They also appreciate the hustle I give and my fearlessness for getting on the floor to save a loose ball and create another possession. They like that no matter what happened on the play before, I have a short-term memory and am ready to continue to help the team on the next possession.
During this time in which college coaches cannot travel to watch you play live, what’s one thing you’d like for those coaches to know about you? I want coaches to know that I am work hard on the court and in the classroom. I am willing to put in the time necessary to improve, and I want to get better every day. I also want to bring whatever I can to impact the team positively.
Interested in learning more about Lexie?
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