From Josh Welge of our DuPage County bureau:
As long as Christen Prasse has played basketball, she's played with girls an age level up. Usually that came alongside older sister Sidney.
Now she's ready to take her game to a whole new level.
Prasse, who will be a senior at Benet this year, committed to St. Louis University this week. Prasse, an All-Area guard for sectional finalist Benet this past season, chose St. Louis over Duquesne, Bucknell and Colgate, among others.
Drew Ondik, who has coached Christen Prasse for four years on the Illinois Rockets AAU team, spoke about the player St. Louis is getting.
"Her skill set is very advanced," Ondik said. "She's an accomplished ballhandler and her court awareness, decision-making, confidence and calmness on the court - it's very high."
Prasse came into her own as one of the area's elite point guards this past year. Standing 5-foot-10 and sneaky quick, she averaged 13.4 points and 2.3 assists per game, and hit 45 3-pointers for a 25-7 Benet team that won 18 straight games at one point. She played some of her best basketball against the toughest competition, exploding for a person-best 30 points against Geneva at the Benet Christmas Tournament and for 21 in a win over Waubonsie Valley in the sectional semifinal.
Ondik called Prasse the "cog on the wheel" of his Rockets team this summer. St. Louis saw Prasse play just once in April, but quickly offered her a scholarship after watching the Rockets at a showcase event in Cincinnati July 5-8, and at the Nike Showcase in Chicago.
"She's played against every fabulous guard there is," Ondik said, "and Christen was never outplayed or out-talented. When you put it all together there wasn't a better player. The truth is she preferred to not go too far away from home for college."
Prasse was one of two Illinois Rockets players to commit to Division I schools this week.
Victoria Trowbridge, a strong 6-footer who will be a senior at Naperville Central this year, committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha from the Summit League.
Ondik said that Nebraska-Omaha pursued Trowbridge heavily since watching her play at the Windy City Showcase in April.
"Aside from liking what she brings with her interior defense, rebounding and mobility for a 6-footer," Ondik said, "they loved the kind of kid she is. She's very vocal on the court, shouting and communicating to her teammates defensively. When she comes off the court, when she is out of the game she continuously cheers for her teammates. They loved that."