McNeil first commit for class of 2005

Two years ago I was in KeyArena waiting for the doors to open for a major basketball event. Three older guys were the first ones in and I approached them to find out for a story I was thinking about doing on fans who attend such events.

I asked where they were from. Morton they replied. They were coaches and former coaches from the small logging community in Southwest Washington there to watch one of Morton's former players coach in the big event.

They asked where I was from and when I replied Oak harbor one said "you know you have the best freshman basketball player in the state up there."

"Oh," I replied. "Who would that be?"

"Heidi McNeill," the coach replied.

I confess, I had not been much of a follower of girl's hoops but made a mental note that I had better check out my homie.

I did just that and dang, girl had game, serious game.

The 6-3 forward/post started on the varsity from opening day of her freshman year and has led her team to the 4A state tournament in her two seasons. As a freshman she averaged 13.7ppg with 7 rebounds and a pair of steals. Last year she averaged 17.6 with 8 rebounds but was at her best when her team needed her most. In two games against powerful league rival Snohomish she scored 31 and 22.

Heidi has been selected first team All-WesCo each year as well as second team all-area as a freshman, first team as a sophomore.

While doing that she has also maintained a 3.85 GPA as well as volunteering as a youth league referee and has served as a volunteer for five years with the Challenge Series, an event for kids with special needs.

And she's also been an all-league second team pick twice in volleyball.

She prefers scoring on spin moves in the post but has developed a very complimentary outside game with a solid three-point shot. She runs the floor very well and can handle the ball in transition. Basically Heidi McNeill has the complete package, size, athleticism, smarts, and skills.

Bottom line…great get for the Huskies. Top Stories