AZTEC – Aztec's Myra McCaskill has a good feel for her surroundings when going to the basket.
The 5-foot-11 guard can navigate around opposing defenders and score off penetration. And whenever she encounters multiple defenders on her way to the paint, she can quickly locate teammates nearby and distribute the ball.
Now McCaskill hopes to continue serving as that cerebral presence on offense playing for NCAA Division II Eastern New Mexico University after signing with the Greyhounds today via athletic scholarship.
"Her (basketball) IQ is really, really high. That's what's going to help her out," said her coach, and father, Robert McCaskill, who also played basketball at ENMU. "She can play in, out, at any pace. She should fit somewhere."
Myra McCaskill will join a system that has plenty of wings and taller guards getting involved scoring inside, especially coming off of screens and pick-and-rolls.
McCaskill said she can help create mismatches going on the attack because of her taller frame and her quickness.
Because much of Aztec's personnel were underclassmen and had to adjust to the team's motion offense, McCaskill had to help carry the load this past season.
She not only had to be proactive as a scorer, but also orchestrate plays on the floor as a taller point guard.
McCaskill said that experience of being more vocal in setting up plays will also help her playing at Eastern New Mexico, which is located in Portales.
At the next level, she also said she wants to score a good 20 points a game on a consistent basis, something that eluded her in her final year at Aztec.
"I think that my shot's good, my form's good. But I just need to work on the feel of (scoring). I want to be consistent with my outside shot," McCaskill said, adding she hopes to increase her field goal percentage.
Although Aztec (9-15) missed the state playoffs this past season, McCaskill made a strong impression on the girls basketball scene. She made 5A's second All-State team and will play in the 5A/6A North-South All-Star game in June.
Now comes a whole new world for McCaskill: college basketball.
"It is non-stop intensity. Defenses will be on you. You have to recognize the little windows that you have," Robert McCaskill said.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.