Friday, February 8, 2013

SAVANNA TRAPP: Class of 2013's 6-foot 9-inch Female Hooper!!!

SAVANNA TRAPP: Class of 2013

Written by: Kare11 Sports & Prospect-Central

If you aren't a fan of women's basketball, I really can't blame you. At times, the women's game can be as exciting as watching paint dry. For those of you totally bias against the sport though, you really should try and broaden your horizons. After all, you never know when something might catch your eye.

Savanna Trapp representing Esko High School
When you see a dude who's standing 6-foot-9, it's human nature to give him the "double-take." When you see a woman who's 6-foot-9 on the other hand, you might end up becoming the paparazzi.

Meet Savanna Trapp. Three inches from being a 7-footer and most certainly a female. While the UCLA commit is still a long ways from growing into her frame, her coordination for her size is actually very good. She has excellent hands, moves her feet very well, and can even throw it down with relative ease.

While she obviously appears to have a bright future in basketball, Savanna's only ranked as the 20th best center from the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz. Who am I to discredit ESPN's rankings, but if Savanna Trapp's the 20th best center in that class, then there must be some serious depth in high school girls basketball.

Back in September, Prospect-Central actually featured the #1 female player in the Class of 2013 Mercedes Russell. The 6-foot-5 Tennessee commit is definitely worthy of her ranking, but it's hard to imagine there's a girl in high school basketball more intimidating than Savanna Trapp.

When it comes to extremely tall female basketball players, the gold standard has to be 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner. In my opinion, Griner will probably go down as the greatest women's player of all-time.

Trapp might not be the next Brittney Griner, but if she ever makes it to the WNBA, she'll become the 2nd tallest player in the history of that league. Once that time is upon her, she'll more than likely have some big shoes to fill. With her size fifteens however, don't be surprised if Savanna Trapp leaves her footprints all over the game of women's basketball after it's all said and done. * Below is a video feature as well as a written article from a local Minnesota News Station Kare11, going into more detail about the 6-foot 9-inch high school senior Savanna Trapp.

ESKO, Minn. -- Great stories come in all shapes, forms and, in this case, sizes.

One would think nothing big ever happens in tiny Esko, Minnesota.  But that would be wrong.

At the only four-way stop in town sits the home of the Eskimos, and a tall tale you have to see to believe. Her name is Savanna Trapp and at 6-foot-9 she stands out on the basketball court. Savanna's believed to be the tallest girls basketball player ever in Minnesota, and one of the tallest in the country this season.

Savanna Trapp scoring an easy bucket
For 6'9", she has good feet around the basket and the ability to finish. At a recent game against Floodwood, she scored a season-high 30 points. Her teammates did a great of of feeding her the ball. Try as they might, the defense couldn't stop her.

But it's on defense where Savanna may be most intimidating. Imagine driving the lane and seeing Savanna waiting to swat your shot. She said she enjoys blocking shots even more than scoring points.

"Just the look on the opponent's face, 'Did that just happen?' look," she said with a smile.

When you're as tall and as good as Savanna, you attract a lot of attention. She has received dozens and dozens of college recruiting letters. Savanna's first college basketball offer came from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee when she was in 8th grade. And the recruiting letters didn't stop until she signed a college tender with UCLA last November.

From tiny Esko, Minnesota to Los Angeles, it will mean big changes for everybody in the family.

"We don't have cable or satellite TV, and we really want to get PAC-12 network, we can get some of games on internet, stream live, get a bigger TV, too," explained Savanna's mother, Krissy Trapp.

It's not every day you walk the school hallways and see a girl have to duck her head while entering a doorway, but Savanna does.

"Off the court I try not to be intimidating at all, smiling helps with that," she said.

She is a great student and plans to study marine biology at UCLA. She loves to read and she's a people-person, but most of all, she loves basketball.

She admits her conditioning isn't the best. And, she knows that to play at the next level, she has to get stronger. Those are things a redshirt year should fix.

The future UCLA Bruin Savanna Trapp
Savanna knows her days on the basketball court won't last forever, but she'll always be 6'9".

"I'm content being just the way I am, it's how I've always been and I love it. There's a bit of an attention factor that's kind of fun, too, sometimes," Savanna said.

There is a self-adopted special club for tall girls like Savanna, and she's adding friends all the time.

"Sometimes on Facebook I'll get different notifications and friend requests from different tall girls from different states and stuff saying, 'Hey we've heard about you, where do you get your clothes?' and we discuss all this fun stuff you know, tall girl stuff," explained Savanna.

For the record, Savanna wears a size 15 men's shoe and has some clothes custom made.

Thanks to extensive travel through AAU basketball, Savanna says she's ready for life outside Minnesota, ready to prove this tall tale isn't just Minnesota myth.

"And it's kind of taught me that adventure is good and I'm ready for a new adventure, you know, I love my small town Esko, but I'm ready for the next step in my life," she added.

By the way, tall runs in the family. Savanna's Dad is 6'9'', her mom is 6'4''. Savanna's little sister is a sophomore who stands 6'5", and her 7th grade brother is now 6'6'' and is projected to reach 7 feet by the time he's done growing. Original Article.

1 comment:

  1. Wow she looks awesome! I wish I could be taller. I'm so short.