Minato Points Army in the Right Direction

Army's Kelsey Minato

Jan. 23, 2013

By Ken McMillan

WEST POINT -- The most successful teams during Dave Magarity's long career as a basketball coach have always relied on good-scoring point guards.

There was Bob Convey at St. Francis (Pa.) and, at Marist, Drafton Davis, Olympian Bobby Joe Hatton, Sean Kennedy and NBA draft choice Jared Jordan.

Army freshman Kelsey Minato has joined that group.

"She's in that class with those players,'' Magarity said. "Of all those kids, she may be the most productive this early in her career.''

Minato earned the starting nod during preseason and has provided poise for a team that needed solid direction on the floor. Her greatest asset, though, is her burgeoning role as a scorer, giving Army a triple threat, along with all-league selections Anna Simmers and Jen Hazlett.

"Her ability to take pressure off our two preseason all-league kids has been huge for our team,'' Magarity said. "It gives us a cushion when Hazlett or Simmers is having an off night.''

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