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Player Previews: Olivia Smelas, Jim Thorpe High School

Player Name: Olivia Smelas

School: Jim Thorpe High School

Year: 2022

Postion(s): Forward, Center

Jersey Number: 22

Height: 6′

GPA: 3.5

Other Sports: Soccer

Starting Experience: 1 year

2018 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 2.6 SPG, 1.7 BPG

2018 Honors: Times News Player of the Week

Player Twitter Handle: @ _smelas15

Coaches Comments: Olivia is, without question, the best post defender I have coached in twenty-five years of basketball. She has great length and impeccable footwork and they enable her to change shots almost on every possession. Offensively, Liv is a six-footer who has face-up abilities from seventeen feet and in. Once again, her footwork on the low blocks enables her to be an offensive threat with her back to the basket. Most importantly, Liv is a natural leader and an excellent student in the classroom. A future Division I prospect, Olivia has a very high ceiling.

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