Effingham Daily News
Seven years after her sister committed to Lake Lake College, Jillian Deters did the same.
The National Trail Conference most valuable player will play her college basketball for the Lakers, a program she knows almost inside and out after watching her sister, Mallory, play for them.
“I hope I can live up to what she did there,” Deters said at her signing on Wednesday. “I know we have different traits in basketball. I hope I can get my foot in the door and go from there.”
Lake Land head coach Dave Johnson is bringing in the youngest of the Deters family to give the program a more versatile presence at the forward position.
Deters' post play was well-established in her high school career, scoring more than 1,000 points and dominating the league en route to MVP honors, but Johnson sees a lot of potential in her outside game.
“We're trying to recruit players like Jillian, who can play in the post, but step out and hit the shot outside,” Johnson said. “Right now, her post game is really good. We want to keep working with her on her outside game and her off-the-dribble game.”
Deters averaged 16.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season for the Indians and earned All-NTC Tournament and All-Monticello Holiday Tournament honors.
She played for Neoga's varsity squad for three years and Johnson said he think that experience translates well to success at the next level.
Deters' ability to score in the post in “a couple different ways,” makes her a potentially high scorer for the Lakers, Johnson said.
“She has a good mentality inside of when to make the move and when to kick the ball out,” Johnson said. “I see that as a positive, already. She's not going to have to shoulder all the scoring inside, so that will free her up to go outside.”
The Lakers return six players next season and Johnson said they're looking to add six more. Deters will join former Dieterich star player Candace Niemerg, among other returning players.
“I've always played against Candace, so I'm excited to play with her this year,” Deters said.
Neoga head coach Kim Romack said it's nice to see a player move on to the next level of basketball, especially one who is going to a local college.
Former Neoga star Erica Hotze finished her last season with the Lake Land program this season.
Romack said Deters has the work ethic that could make her as dominant a player for the Lakers as she was in three season with the Indians.
“I think she definitely has the potential,” Romack said. “She has the work ethic that she'll go in and work hard. I think she'll give them a lift and be a strong force for them.”
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