Sienna Betts was an unstoppable force in the winter season as she helped the Grandview girls basketball team win the Class 5A state championship.
The junior-to-be hasn’t slowed a bit since the start of the summer and is lighting up the charts on the national level. Already considered somewhere in the top handful of prospects in the nation for the Class of 2025, the 6-foot-4 Betts has elevated her game in the club season.
She averaged nearly a double-double (9.9 points, 11.3 rebounds) and was the Most Valuable Player of the all-Colorado Hardwood Elite team that won the 17U national championship of the 3Stripes Select Basketball Girls Circuit in late July.
Betts — who is uncommitted, but has double-digit offers from major Division I programs, including UCLA, where her sister, Lauren plays — is the only Colorado player to be invited to the UA Next Elite 24 game scheduled for Aug. 12 in Atlanta. Betts is on Team Ascent for the game, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
The Elite 24 game features a mix of players from the Classes of 2024, 2025 and 2026, with some committed to the likes of Connecticut, North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. Betts’ Ascent Team will be coached by Ty Young, who played 12 seasons in the WNBA.
In the winter, Betts will have a chance to lead Grandview on its quest for a third 5A state championship in as many seasons.
— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes