- Mill Creek, WAHometown
- Henry M. Jackson High School
- —Overall Rank
- 65Position Rank
End-of-the-Trail-July 2013: Fundamental floor-leader with unselfish persona distributes in transition; deceptive quickness, IQ and court awareness complemented by range to the arc earns respect. (Olson)
EOT-July 11: Seems like light years since her freshman year and she's really turned a corner. She is confident with the ball, shows fantastic court vision and the willingness to make the play. Her shooting is becoming more consistent too. Offers will start coming in this fall. (Hansen)
Deep South Classic-April 11: Very smooth PG, very good handles, excellent 3-point shot, has ability to spot up or shoot off the dribble, nice mid-range game, solid defender, sees floor well. (Beverly)
WesCo Playoffs-Feb. 11: For Kelli Kingma, the comparisons to her older sister Kristi, a junior at the University of Washington and two-time state Player of the Year at Jackson, are only going to get more frequent so let's just start there. Kelli is a few inches shorter than her older sister, and will probably stay that way, but, she has the length to play taller than her actual height. While not a blazer, her speeds seems to be a little faster than her older sister and uses a nice long stride to push the ball in transition. In high school Kristi played point by virtue of being the best player on her team, Kelli seems to be closer to a natural point guard, but she too plays off the ball, and for good reason, she has a really smooth jumper.
Shooting the ball is a family trait, from dad Greg's high school days, to Kristi's carving up of the Pac-10 this season, to Brett, a senior who has signed with Oregon, to Kelli's picture perfect J; it's just part of being a Kingma. Though just a freshman, Kelli has her mechanics down, where a lot of youngsters sacrifice form to gain range. Her catch and shoot is more consistent than her off the dribble shot, a product of where her strength development is. She gets the ball into her shot pocket quickly and with no wasted motion. Kristi may not want to read this, but Kelli's release point is actually higher than big sis' at the same age.
Kelli seems more willing to put her head down and get to the rim in traffic, but as her pull-up jumper develops, look for her to draw even more comparisons to Kristi who has one of the prettiest stop and pops off the dribble in the Pac-10 this season. Kelli's solution for pressure is to try and go faster, a common habit for young players who try to carry their team in spots. She made some nice passes with good touch in transition early, but late in the district playoff game against Edmonds-Woodway she got away away from collapsing the defense and pitching out. Better use of changing speeds will help her as her crossover is pretty quick when she goes to it as a breakdown.
Defensively is where you can see the youth. She was in foul trouble for most of the game with at least two of her five fouls being "silly", going for steals in the open court by lunging. The silver lining here is that she's playing defense aggressively at a young age. She shows some good anticipation skills which led to some steals and immediate transition opportunities for her team as she pushed off the turnover.
Kelli might not have the buzz her older sister had early in her high-school career but don't sleep on this kid yet. There are so many things that come natural and a competitiveness that when it all comes together she should be one of the Puget Sound area's more coveted prospects. (Hansen)
EBA Super 64 West-June 12: Student of the game with unlimited range on the perimeter. Works off of screens very well and always gives 100% effort on the floor. Uses back cuts and screens well to create open space for her shot. (Gray)
Club Team: Tree of Hope
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~ End of the Trail sophs--July 2011