One of the top high school seniors this season, her stats don't show the other side of Clare Droesch: an unselfish player eager to help her teammates share the limelight.
New York City has long been a spawning ground for outstanding basketball players--both male and female--and the latest addition to the list is Clare Droesch, the outstanding guard for Christ the King High School in Queens.
Following in the footsteps of CTK predecessors such as Chamique Holdsclaw and Sue Bird, Droesch has lifted her team to number two in the current USA Today Super 25 girls' basketball rankings. She's averaging 26 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds per game in her senior season and has been considered one of the top players in the country by high school hoops analysts.
"Her strong point is her size--she's now around six feet, and her upper-body strength adds to that," says Christ the King girls' head coach Bob Mackey. "She's got a great ability to get to the basket and score. She can hit from outside and inside--she's a big guard who's able to do a lot of things. She's actually a natural point guard who sees the floor very well, but for our sake we can't afford to play her at the point."
Mackey reports that Droesch is easy going and gets along well with her teammates, almost too well, in fact. "She's always trying to make her teammates better and that's part of the problem--she should be looking more for herself," he says. "We stop practice and run when she doesn't shoot the ball--she just doesn't want to score, she wants to pass and get everyone else involved. But we need her to score, especially when she's two feet from the basket."
After weighing offers from Connecticut, Rutgers and Notre Dame, Droesch announced that she will attend Boston College next season. There, she'll join her longtime friend and former NYC high school star Janelle McManus, as well as six other former AAU teammates.
Mackey has no doubt Droesch has what it takes to succeed at B.C. "She has to work on her conditioning, and the defense will be very different from what's she used to," he says. "But I think she's prepared for it, and provided she goes out and works very hard each day, I think she'll be very successful at the next level."
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