BEST HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE - 2006
Hill was our pick last year when she wasn't even in high school. As an eighth-grader, she took Minneapolis South High School to the state tournament, claimed a spot on the Star Tribune's All-Metro team, and averaged more than 20 points per game. This year, she propelled South to an unbeaten season until the District finals, where her squad fell at the hands of Bloomington Kennedy, whose senior center, Jenna Smith, is taller, older, and perhaps a tad more talented than Hill is right now. But with three years of eligibility left, the looming legend of Tayler Hill as the state's greatest female high school baller is right on schedule. Having sprouted two inches to five-foot-ten, she's already got the height and quickness to be a legit college guard. She's also busy polishing all the facets of her game: She's equally adept at shooting the three-pointer or scoring off the dribble; dishing to an open teammate or using her size and range to procure steals in South's tenacious, trapping defense.