MN Featured40 on October 16, 2021: Eric’s Impactful Fresh Faces: Sonya Potthoff is a lefty sharpshooter who was on fire Saturday. She seemed to know exactly where the line was on the floor and if her feet were set behind the arc, it was more likely than not to find the bottom of the net. However, don’t just assume she was a shooter. If the defense closed out to hard, a nice head fake or quick look off and she would power right past them and either hit the midrange jumper or take it all the way to the basket for a strong finish.
I am in my senior year of high school and will graduate in 2023. Faith, family, academics, athletics. Those are my priorities first and foremost! In addition to working hard to be a diligent student in my studies, I play varsity high-school tennis and basketball. I am a committed and dedicated student-athlete. I feel I am very coachable/teachable, have a competitive drive and spirit, am a very good teammate and always try to put my team first! I think I lead well by example on the court and in the classroom. In basketball, I consider myself a combo-guard and am confident in my ability to handle the ball and play solid man to man defense. I want to be on the floor as much as I can, so I'll play where ever to help my teams. I think my greatest offensive strength is that I see the floor well and can facilitate the execution of various offensive sets. My passing abilities are stronger than most kids. I feel I'm also very competent with utilizing technology to enhance the impact and learning in my team experiences in high school and AAU ball. I have high expectations for myself and I feel I'm starting to bring out the best of them within myself. I use video apps on my phone and try to be very diligent at breaking down my weaknesses to dial into areas I can improve upon. Having a mature conversation with my Mom on ways I can attempt to improve and pointing out what I'm doing well is helpful. My Mom has a lot of playing and coaching experience at multiple levels, so I have been very appreciative of her willingness to always help me try and better myself in this game and it has really been paying off. I believe I'm a person of great integrity. What you see and hear from me is what I will deliver. I'm a very caring, compassionate and responsible teammate. I know I'm also very dedicated in my preparation by honing technique in drills and implementing that in my workouts. I'm not afraid to try new ideas if that will be of greater benefit to myself in our dynamic sport. I feel I have a great deal of zest and enthusiasm that many kids have a hard time sustaining throughout a season. I don't think I ever appear to lose my energy level or desire for being a better player. I live a life that practices health-enhancing behaviors and try to be a model of wellness for my classmates and teammates. I'm trying to grow in my ability to lead peers in various groups in and out of class and I'm disciplined for a 16 year-old. I believe my knowledge of the subject matter is excellent for a teenager and I'm always trying to keep getting better as an athlete through film-study as well. We'll see where this game takes me and develops me as a person, but I feel I have a high-ceiling for growth in basketball! Twitter: @SonyaPotthoff Instagram: @supsonya
8.9 ppg. 5 Assists 5 RB's 1 steal https://www.hudl.com/video/3/13879257/60691bef0c5da20c10b06760
11.3 ppg. 5 Assists 5 RB's 1 steal
Featured40 Minnesota (November 2020) Sonya is the definition of a hardhat type of player. She showed that she likes to fight downlow for tough rebounds in traffic, on defense, she uses her speed to get around her matchup for steals or deflections. With the ball in her hands, she likes to push the pace and get the ball up the court with quick outlet passes right on the money. Without the ball in her hand, she runs the court strong and fills her lane correctly to help keep the defense spread out. Her area of opportunity is to look for her open opportunities. At times, when she secures the offensive rebound, she was so unselfish that she didn’t look to put the ball back up and in for herself and she looked for the open teammate. Being a consistent scoring threat will help make her an even more difficult of a matchup.
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