One of the top guard prospects in Arizona's 2015 class of players is Corona Del Sol High School's talented 5-foot-7 junior Taylor Kalmer. Kalmer is coming off a strong junior season where she put up impressive numbers for a team that would finish 16-12 on the season. Kalmer emerged as one of the top overall prospects in Arizona's junior class with her performance this season and now looks to be headed toward a strong spring and summer performance that could help boost her overall college recruitment.
Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Kalmer perform in this year's Southwest Showcase Main Event and also in this year's Cactus Classic, a major girl's event in the state. I came away very impressed with Kalmer's ability to play the game and also perform at a high level. While playing for the storied Arizona Elite girl's club basketball program, Kalmer would join forces with talented and dominant Desert Vista High School's 6-foot-4 junior post Kristine Anigwe (Cal commit) to lead the Elite to two top finishes in both events.
I caught up with Kalmer at one event, and she advised me that she is currently hearing from numerous college programs,including several schools from the PAC-12 Conference. Kalmer advised me that she did not want to indicate which schools were recruiting her - the first time I have heard that one in my long career. Either way, Kalmer is a talented prospect that should garner a lot of recruiting attention this club season.
This season, Kalmer averaged 20 points and 3 assists per/game for head coach Andrew Strom, and will look to return next high school season and become one of the premier scorers of the basketball in the state.
Kalmer is a hard-working and gifted guard prospect that is an excellent shooter of the basketball and has a nice overall feel for scoring the basketball. She is a strong ball handler and can create her own shot off the dribble. She plays with very good intensity and is a leader on the basketball court. Kalmer has developed as a playmaker from the point guard position, and will need to continue to develop in this area to reach her full potential as a player.
Kalmer developed early in her playing career behind the training and development of local basketball trainer Kitch Kitchen - developing her offensive repertoire and her comfort level as an offensive threat with the basketball in her hands.
Look for Kalmer to develop this club season into one of the premier recruiting targets in Arizona's talented 2015 class of college prospects. I will continue to follow her college recruitment closely - bringing you any recruiting updates as they continue to develop.