When it comes to shooting the basketball, no one does it better than Kansas City Kansas Community College freshman Brooklyn Wagler.
A 5-7 forward from SM Northwest, Wagler is the most accurate shooter among Jayhawk Conference Division II teams at 60.3 percent and is second among all 19 teams in the Jayhawk. Even more impressive, Wagler has not shot under 50 percent in any contest since the fourth game of the season.
After averaging just 7.5 points in her first nine games, Wagler has been on a tear, scoring in double figures in all but three of KCKCC's last 19 games. Third in Blue Devil scoring at 11.2 points per game, she's also fifth in the Division II rebounding with 7.0 per game – despite being undersized and at a new position.
"I can't say enough about Brooklyn and the impact she's had on our team this year," says KCKCC Coach Joe McKinstry. "At just 5-7, she's playing the power forward and center positions, both of which are new to her. Almost every night she is undersized and giving up multiple inches to her opponent but she continues to outwork everyone and her statistics reflect her effort. For someone to come into their first college season and embrace their role like she has says volumes about the type of player and teammate she is."
In shooting 50 percent or better in her last 24 games, she's had three games in which she did not miss a shot, 8-for-8 once and 6-for-6 twice. She's also had six double doubles with career highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds against a Highland team ranked No. 6 nationally.
"For her to improve in nearly every stat from non-conference to conference play shows how comfortable she's getting and how hard she continues to work," says McKinstry. "The best part of Brooklyn's game is that we very rarely call a play for her; everything she gets is a result of her hard effort and hard work. I'm most excited to see her continue as we approach the most important time of the year and look forward to having her continue to evolve as a sophomore next season."
Ironically, another Blue Devil freshman, Brie Tauai of Blue Springs, is Wagler's top challenger as the best shooter in Division II, hitting 53.8 percent from the field.
KCKCC sophomore Cheyenne North leads Division II in rebounding with 10.5 per game and is fifth in scoring at 15.5 while soph Erin Anderson is second in three-point accuracy at 40.9 percent and fourth in scoring at 16.4.
Not only is KCKCC freshman Brooklyn Wagler (10) the leader in Jayhawk Conference Division II field goal accuracy (60.3), she's also fifth in rebounding (7.0) despite just 5-foot-7. (KCKCC Photo by Whitney Hazlett)