Stevenson senior Sophia Way is not on any list of Illinois’s highest-ranked girls basketball players. But by playing with her Midwest Elite AAU team, she competes every day with highly touted teammates Haley Gorecki, a Fremd senior guard, and Marian Catholic senior Teniya Page.
“A lot of the girls are incredible players,” said Way, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard. “I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons.”
One of which is accepting exclusion from recruiting lists and Internet discussion forums. Gorecki parlayed her talent into multiple Division I offers before deciding on Duke in April. For the second year in a row this spring, Page was invited to try out for the USA National Team (she did not make the final cut either year).travel basketball