It’s mind-boggling to muse on how good Minnehaha Academy’s Addi Mack could be by the time she graduates. The freshman point guard is already ranked among the state’s best in several categories this season and could well be one of the best girls’ basketball players the Redhawks have ever had—and there have been plenty of good ones.

Through early January, Mack was ranked among the top 10 in the state in points per game (25.2), field goals (78) and three-pointers (30). She had scored 202 points in her first eight games, including 40 points in a win over Minneapolis North.

However, instead of dwelling on individual stats, Mack said she’s much more focused on helping the Redhawks win another state title. Minnehaha had an outstanding team last year, but suffered a one-point loss in the first round of state to get knocked out of the tournament.

“We have a golden opportunity to get a state title this year,” Mack said. “That was a heartbreaking game we lost last year, but now we have another chance.”

As of January 8, the Redhawks were 9-1 overall and ranked first in the state in Class AA. They have been averaging around 86 points a game, their only loss coming in mid-December to undefeated Hopkins, the state’s top-ranked team in Class AAAA.

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Minnehaha Academy freshman point guard Addi Mack, who is among the top scorers in the state, pauses for a photo during practice in front of the school’s new Dr. Dish shooting machine. Photo by Brad Stauffer

Coach Matt Pryor knows just how big an asset he has in Mack, who came to Minnehaha as an eighth-grader after starting at Blake. Pryor said Mack has been shooting an astounding 60 percent from three-point range, and that he never has to caution her against shooting the ball when she might have dished it off to a teammate instead.

“A point guard needs to keep her teammates in position to score, and Addi does that,” Pryor said, “but that 60 percent figure just shows how efficient she is. It’s a blessing to have a scorer like that on your team.”

“She eats, breathes and sleeps basketball,” Pryor said. “She’s a student of the game. She loves to break down film.”

Offensively, Mack can give opponents fits. If they try to shut down her three-point game, she can penetrate to the hoop. And she has the kind of quick hands essential to effective guard play.

According to Pryor, there’s no mystery about why Mack is so good: She works at it. “She eats, breathes and sleeps basketball,” he said. “She’s a student of the game. She loves to break down film.”

Mack agreed that she has an insatiable desire to improve her game. “I go to the gym every day,” she said. “I’m so lucky I can go in and use that shooting machine.”

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the high-achieving Mack is a 4.0 student. Needless to say, she’s already attracted attention from colleges, despite being only a freshman. “My goal is to play for a Power Five school,” she said, adding that the chances for such an achievement are good “if I continue the hard work.”

Pryor also believes that Mack will end up playing somewhere prominent in college. “She’s received a lot of Division I (scouting) already,” he said.

The Redhawks have plenty of other talent to go around as well. Senior guard Charita Lewis was averaging 14.6 points and 6.4 steals per contest through January 6. Sophomore forward Angel Hill was averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, sophomore guard Aliyah Al-Hameed was averaging 11.8 points, and sophomore guard Berit Parten was leading the team with six blocks.

— Bill Wagner

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