Basketball Wall Street: “Connecticut Talent on The Rise”
Name: Maya Klein
Position: Combo Guard
School: St. Luke’s School-(New Canaan, Connecticut)
Travel Club: Connecticut Impact|@CTImpact
Maya Klein is a quality student-athlete from Connecticut that is entering her senior year at the St. Luke’s School of New Canaan. At 5-foot-8, she is a combo guard D1 prospect who is a deadly three-point shooter with a well-balanced skill-set, she can also get to the basket off the dribble and finish through contact. “My most obvious strength is my ability to shoot the basketball. I can catch and shoot very well and I’m able to create space for my shot off the dribble. Another strength is driving to the basket and making good decisions in the paint. I have also developed a quick release. I compete every time I step onto the court no matter if its a workout, a practice or a game — you an expect me to give 100% effort all the time. I have worked extremely hard to become a better on-ball defender.” Maya’s passion for the game, work ethic and focus is second to none. Her mental and physical toughness allows her to be a good defender and a team leader. “I love everything about playing basketball. I have been playing since I was eight years old and I played with boys until the 7th grade. That experience taught me to be tough and to have thick skin when I play. I love the structure of sports, and I really enjoy the experience of being on a team. Playing for different coaches has helped me grow as a person and a player. The sacrifices that I have made to get better is something I have embraced. I especially love the challenge of competing,” says Maya who has improved her game playing travel club basketball with the Connecticut Impact in some of the top events in the country. “I had a great experience this last AAU season. I loved the girls on my team and my coach Greg Thomas. He taught me so many things about myself as a player that were huge factors in how well I played this season.” She averaged 21.2 ppg and shot 43% from 3 in the USJN Nationals in July.
In the classroom, Maya has scored 1300 on the SAT to go along with a stellar 3.7 grade-point-average at St. Luke’s, a school with concrete academics and a strong women’s basketball program lead by head coach Matthew Ward. “Although we’ve had tremendous success at St. Luke’s School, we have yet to win a New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Championship. As a senior my first goal for this season is to lead my team to our first NEPSAC championship. Also, I want to be a leader everyday in practice as a captain and help my team be the best we can be.” Being an integral part of her community it what sets Maya apart, she is active volunteering for “Filling In The Blanks” a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending child hunger by providing food to needy children on the weekend. She also spends time helping out at a children’s basketball camp run by the St.Luke’s School Men’s Basketball coach. All in all, Maya Klein possess all of the attributes of a division one prospect. She also embodies what the ideal student-athlete is all about. Look for her to have a great senior season playing for St. Luke’s.