Over the next several weeks, we will be taking a closer look at the top high school basketball players in Idaho, for each classification.
Here is an inside look at the Top 20 girls basketball players in Class 4A. There are dozens of standout 4A girls basketball players in Idaho and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. DM or tag us on Twitter or Instagram @sbliveid and let us know about players worthy of fans’ attention in 2020-21.
The list is in alphabetical order.
TOP 20 PLAYERS IN 4A GIRLS BASKETBALL
G Ashton Adamson, sr., Century
The Diamondbacks may have the best backcourt in the state between Tenleigh Smith — stay tuned — and Adamson. Adamson is 5-foot-11 and runs the floor. She tallied 8.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game last season. It resulted in her walking away with both All-State and All-Great Basin Conference second-team honors. Adamson has an offer from Blue Mountain Community College (Oregon) with interest from Montana Western and the Air Force Academy.
“Ashton has great length and causes a lot of mismatch problems,” Century coach Chris Shuler said.
G Ali Chatterton, sr., Bishop Kelly
It’s been an odd sight seeing the perennial power Knights on the outside looking in during the postseason the last two years — something that hadn’t happened since 2001. But Chatterton should help return them to familiar territory. The Boise State soccer signee was second in the Southern Idaho Conference in assists at 2.9 per game. She also finished fifth in both scoring (12.1) and steals (2.7) to earn All-SIC second-team honors.
“Ali provides the toughness for our team,” Bishop Kelly coach Mike Griswold said. “She is relentless on defense and has grown into one of our primary threats on offense.”
G Piper Curry, jr., Nampa
The better question to ask is what can’t the 6-foot “guard” do? She averaged 10 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game to rack up All-SIC honors last season. Curry is even graduating a year early too. She is committed to Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
“She can play anywhere on the court,” Nampa coach Colette Gall said. “Piper can drive and shoot threes. She is a calming presence on the court and a tenacious defender.”
P Sadie Drake, jr., Mountain Home
Drake didn’t start playing basketball until the eighth grade. She seems to have picked it up nicely. The 6-foot-1 post made the All-Great Basin Conference second-team with 13.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block per game last season. Drake’s up to 16.6 points per game on almost 70% shooting from the field this year.
“In a few short years, Sadie has turned into one of the more dominant posts in the state,” Mountain Home coach Brent Keener said.
C Hadley Humphreys, jr., Blackfoot
Humphreys broke onto the scene in a major way a year ago. The 5-foot-10 post nearly pulled off a double-double for the season with 11.8 points and 9 rebounds per game. It led to both All-State and All-High Country Conference honors. So it’s only a matter of time before the interest and offers from schools start coming. The Mustangs will need even more out of Humphreys with the loss of former All-State teammate Tenleigh Smith to Century.
“Hadley creates a nightmare for opponents down low because of her scoring and rebounding ability,” Blackfoot coach Raimee Beck said. “This season she has been seeing double and triple teams just about every game.”
G Sydnee Hunt, sr., Bonneville
The Bees had the perfect season last year. They went 27-0 on their way to a state title. Hunt is the only holdover from that team, which includes the head coach. But she’s a really good one. She was the second-leading scorer for Bonneville last season at 10.3 points to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. It not only earned her a championship ring, but also All-High Country Conference honorable mention honors and interest from the likes of Weber State.
“Sydnee is a fantastic girl on and off the court. Sydnee is tough offensively and defensively,” Bonneville coach Andy Trane said. “She is a great spot-up shooter, but can also get to the rim, which makes her a challenge to guard.”
G Payton Hymas, jr., Middleton
Basketball runs in the family for Hymas. Both her parents played and her older brother is currently doing so himself. She cracked the starting lineup for one of the state’s most storied programs as a freshman and earned All-SIC honors last season with 7.9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Hymas has become a better distributor of the ball with more than 7 assists per game this season too. NCAA Division II, NAIA and junior colleges alike have already taken interest in her as a result.
“She is a floor general with a high basketball IQ. She will beat you off the dribble and get to the rim or distribute to her teammates for open shots,” Middleton coach Trent Harrison said. “We as a staff are excited about the player she is becoming.”
F Brinley Iverson, sr., Twin Falls
The Great Basin Conference Player of the Year in volleyball has now turned her attention to basketball. The Bruins are going to need her too. Great Basin Conference first-team wing Paige Beem is out for the season with a torn ACL. Iverson earned All-League honors on the hardwood with 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2 steals per game last season.
“Brinley is an amazing athlete who performs every sport with the same focus and passion to do her part to help her team be successful,” Twin Falls coach Nancy Jones said. “She can leap, has great lateral movement on defense, and drains shots at a high percentage from 15 feet in. She’s a solid player who makes everyone around her better.”
G Jazzy Jenkins, sr., Emmett
Jenkins’ name may be atop all of the school record books by the time she’s done. She already owns the 3-point record. Her ability to shoot the 3 has helped her be a top-5 scorer in the SIC for the past two seasons. She finished fourth last year at 12.7 points per game to earn All-Conference second-team honors. Jenkins is currently interested in taking her talents to Walla Walla (Washington) or Treasure Valley Community College (Oregon) when she’s done.
“She has a very high basketball IQ and understanding of the game,” Emmett coach Stu Peterson said. “Jazzy is blessed and very gifted. She has natural ability to catch on to new concepts, moves, plays, etc. and she has one of the purest shots in the state.”
G Addie Kiefer, jr., Lakeland
Kiefer had quite the debut last season. So much so that she was the Inland Empire League Newcomer of the Year with 7.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. So it should be exciting to see what the 5-foot-10 guard can do for an encore. Kiefer can play three different positions on the court and is already averaging better than 13.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
“She’s already much improved offensively,” Lakeland coach Steve Seymour said. “She is a great combination of flash and drive and offensive rebounding. Addie really does it all for us.”
P Kylie Larsen, sr., Preston
Larsen’s future is on the pitch. She is committed to play soccer at Snow College in Utah. But she still has a couple more months of high-level basketball left in her. Larsen averaged more than 7.9 points per game last season. However, it was her defense that gave opposing teams real headaches. The 5-foot-11 post notched 7.7 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game on her way to All-Great Basin Conference honors.
“Kylie has really stepped up her game this year,” Preston coach Ryan Harris said. “She is part of a great group of seniors that are leading this team right now.”
G Macy Larsen, jr., Hillcrest
Larsen just attended the Elite 100 camp in Phoenix. And it’s easy to see why she was invited. Larsen scored 15 points per game last season. But points are only part of it. She averaged 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game to earn All-High Country Conference second-team honors a year ago. Larsen’s numbers are also up this season at 16 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds while nearly being automatic at the free throw line at 95%.
“She’s one of the best all-around players I’ve ever coached,” Hillcrest coach Alan Sargent said. “There are players that score more points, but I’d take a well-rounded player like Macy over them every time.”
W Hattie Larson, sr., Sandpoint
There isn’t much Larson hasn’t done in her now four years with the program. She plays multiple positions, and so far this season, the numbers reflect that. Larson is averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game — doubling up her stats from a year ago when she earned All-IEL honors. But surprisingly, Sandpoint coach William Love expects her to play soccer in college. She was committed to Eastern Washington as a goalie before reopening up her recruitment.
“If Hattie wanted to play college basketball, I’ve talked to college coaches who would like to have her,” Love said. “She has a good skill set that allows her to play inside or outside.”
G Mattie Olson, jr., Skyline
The Grizzlies haven’t been to state since 2007 when they were in 5A. That postseason drought could be coming to an end with Olson back for another year. She averaged 19.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists to earn All-High Country Conference first-team and All-State second-team honors last season. She dropped 41 points on seven 3-pointers in a 74-53 win over Hillcrest on Dec. 17. Olson has an offer from Montana State.
“Mattie is the type of player that is a difference maker. She has an uncanny ability to get the ball to find the bottom of the net,” Skyline coach Tyrell Keck said. “She is able to make a coach’s best laid plans to stop her look silly. She is a hard working leader that helps elevate the level of the players around her.”
G Kelsie Pope, sr., Burley
Everyone knows Amari Whiting — and rightly so — but her counterpart in the backcourt is a pretty good one too. She was part of the last state championship team in 2018 and has been a three-year captain since. Pope earned All-Great Basin Conference second-team honors with 11 points and 5 rebounds per game last season.
“Kelsie Pope is a great shooter. And she brings a ton of energy on the defensive end,” coach Amber Whiting said.
P Katy Ryan, sr., Lakeland
There might not be a more dominating post player than Ryan. She is 6-foot-5 and a walking double-double. She was an All-IEL selection with 14.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game last season. And she was the Conference Player of the Year as just a sophomore. Ryan is averaging 13.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 5.6 blocks per game — that’s not a typo. She had 164 career blocks coming into this season. She’s committed to Washington State for volleyball.
“You don’t get many like her. You don’t get any like her,” Seymour said. “She’s a once in a career type of kid.”
G Anna Schmautz, jr., Bishop Kelly
Don’t let her 5-foot-6 frame fool you. She sees the floor extremely well. Ali Chatterton’s running mate in the backcourt had quite the debut on varsity last season. Schmautz ranked in the top-5 in points (13.7), steals (2.8) and assists (2.4) in the SIC. She collected SIC second-team honors as well.
“Anna brings quickness and athleticism to the team and enables us to play at a pace which gives us the best chance to compete,” Bishop Kelly coach Mike Griswold said.
F Hannah Schvaneveldt, sr., Jerome
Before Schvaneveldt got hurt last season, she was averaging 18 points per game. The 6-0 point forward still finished with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals per game to earn All-Great Basin Conference second-team honors. So imagine what she’ll do with a full season under her belt. Schvaneveldt has multiple NCAA Division 2, 3 and NAIA schools looking at her.
“Hannah is a very determined athlete,” Jerome coach Cory Musgrave said. “She is literally the last one to leave every night and the first one to show up. She puts in the extra time and will continue to improve because of that.”
G Tenleigh Smith, sr., Century
Smith spent the last three years making her mark at Blackfoot. But after her mom got an assistant coaching job with the Idaho State women’s basketball team, she moved 25 miles south to Pocatello. What a get for the Diamondbacks. Smith was both an All-State and All-High Country Conference first-team selection last season. She did so by averaging 12.9 points, 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game. Smith is signed on at Idaho State.
“Tenleigh is a super fast point guard with great floor visibility and can dish the ball great,” Century coach Chris Shuler said.
G Amari Whiting, so., Burley
Four-time WNBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Williams recently tweeted out that Whiting, “may be the best to EVER come out of Idaho!” That’s a pretty bold statement, especially for a sophomore. But Whiting is definitely on her way to being just that. She earned All-Great Basin Conference and All-State first-team honors with an eye-popping statline of 20.4 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds per game last season. Whiting already has a litany off NCAA Division I offers from the likes of BYU, Utah and Utah State.
“Amari is a defensive-first type player and knows that steals and rebounds can create transition opportunities,” Burley coach Amber Whiting said. “She’s the one that gets us going, being aggressive defensively and pushing the tempo on offense.”
— Brandon Walton