BY MARLON WELLS
Cathedral Catholic (21-11) hosts Rosary Academy (22-12) on Tuesday night in the CIF State Division I Girls Basketball Regional finals. The winner will advance to the CIF State championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Here’s a look at the player to keep an eye on in this matchup: 6-foot-4 Cathedral Catholic sophomore Isuneh Brady, who has committed to UConn.
“Ice” is a really skilled, strong versatile player with advanced IQ and natural feel for the game, especially for a player so young.
Brady is a lefty with really good footwork on the block and excellent touch around the basket using either hand. She’s really good at getting to her comfort spots in the post and then taking her time and getting the exact shot she wants.
She is really strong and has already displayed excellent body control when keeping defenders wherever she wants them. Brady does not allow an individual post defender to cause her to take bad shots or rush her shots. When she is doubled, she’s an excellent passer out of the double who excels at finding cutters and shooters all over the court.
Brady has a really good face-up game that complements her post game perfectly and routinely knocks down mid-range jumpers 15-feet and in. She has a solid handle and is not afraid to put the ball on the floor even against smaller defenders.
She doesn’t shoot a lot of 3-pointers at this stage of her career but her shot mechanics on her deep ball are very good which leads you to believe with more reps and opportunity she can be a consistent threat from 3.
Brady is an excellent rebounder with timing and ball skills, as well as very strong hands, so when she touches a rebound she typically secures it. She’s a good defender in the post and has the athletic ability and footwork to stay in front of perimeter players.