CASHMERE - It’s not often that high school hoops fans in a small town like Cashmere get to watch one of the top five most-recruited prospects in the nation, and even more rare to call such a gem their own hometown girl.
But, that oddity is exactly what Bulldog fans have in the person of one Hailey Van Lith. The 5-foot-7 junior point guard is entering the new season as ESPN HoopGurlz’ Class-of-2020’s No. 3 overall prospect in the entire country, and is ranked at No. 2 overall on the same list by Prospects Nation.
At only 16 years of age, Van Lith is already being closely watched by a number of the nation’s elite college programs, such as UConn, Louisville, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State and every school in the Pac-12 conference, including the University of Washington and WSU.
iFIBER ONE Sports got the chance to sit down with this phenomenal young athlete and found out first that her love and dedication to the game began at an early age, and is actually due in part to a friendly sibling rivalry.
Although Van Lith and her parents, including her father Cory who was a standout point guard at Eastmont High School during the early 90’s, are keeping all of Hailey’s options open at this point, it comes as no surprise that she dreams of one day being able to play on the biggest stage in women’s basketball.
Van Lith and the Cashmere Bulldogs girls squad will tip off their new season in November.