Scoring has always been a forte for
Over her five-year basketball career at Bayshore Christian (Tampa, Fla.)
, she averages 22.3 points per game. Myers' points-per-game average this season (25.9) is down slightly from last year (29.8), but she's become a more well-rounded player as a junior.
The point guard is what coaches love: a stat stuffer. Along with her scoring prowess — which ranks her sixth in all of Florida — she averages 6.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 5.1 steals per contest.
"Wherever my coach puts me, I play to the best of my ability and I play hard and do it all," Myers said. "If she needs me to score, I'll score. If she needs me to pass, I'll pass. Rebound, I'll get in there and rebound."
The ability to score in bunches is impressive, but it's her ability to pull down rebounds that might be the most astonishing part of her game. You see, she's only 5-foot-6. During her sophomore campaign, Myers pulled down 8.3 rebounds a night.
"She's tenacious," said Bayshore Christian coach Shekina Denny, who has coached Myers since fifth grade. "She gets in there and fights with the big girls. She doesn't care about her size, she just goes after the ball."
Nothing is going to slow down Myers. In fact, Myers doesn't ever take a breather during a game. With only six to seven players on the roster for games, she's needed to play every minute.
"She's intense the entire game — four quarters, going hard," Denny said. "Whatever she can do to help her team, she does it."Learn More: Semper Fidelis Athlete of the Month presented by the Marines
Myers, who is the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,850 points, is on pace to break the record next season, is in her fifth season starting at Bayshore Christian. As a seventh-grader, the 12-year-old was thrust into the starting lineup. She thrived, averaging 15.3 points per game. Myers has become more polished and mature on the court over the past five seasons.
Between watching and playing basketball, Myers' knowledge of the sport is unfathomable for a 16-year-old.
"From the sideline, as a coach it's hard to explain in 30-second timeouts what I'm seeing and what's going on," Denny said. "But I can call on her anytime during a game and say, ‘Attack zone between four and five,' and she knows exactly what I'm talking about."
Myers is a gym rat with her coach sating if she could practice every day, she's be the first on the court and last to leave.
Playing at a private high school sometimes doesn't create the most challenging situations for Myers. Bayshore Christian won seven of its first 16 wins by 50 points or more and downed three opponents in excess of 74 points. Myers gets a chance to play top-notch competition at the AAU level. She plays for the Florida Comets and travels out of state to face teams in Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia.
Playing AAU ball has helped Myers grow as a player and person.
"It's definitely opened her eyes to see what she wants to be and what she will see in college," Denny said. "Playing against people at her own level, it pushes her to do better for herself, but it also lets her see who we play know is not who she's going to see in the future. She's always pushing herself with that motivation."
The AAU season will get underway following Myers' high school season. But Myers is hoping AAU is put on hold for a little bit. She is trying to help lead Bayshore Christian past the first round of regional playoffs for the first time in school history. The Faith Warriors, 19-1 this season, compete in regionals on Feb. 15.
"I think we can get to state," Myers said. "If we play together, we play how we know how to play and we get better each and every day from practicing, we can do it. I know defense will be key, because offense will come."
Myers is also a three-year starter on the Bayshore Christian volleyball and competed in track and field last season for the first time. She is a versatile player on the volleyball court, just like basketball. Myers feels it's important to be able to play every position on the court.
"Say one of my teammates got hurt and someone has to fill in and coach would need someone, I say, ‘Coach, I've got it,' " Myers said.
Away from athletics, Myers is just as determined to do well in the classroom. She currently has a 3.67 grade point average and is enrolled in four Advanced Placement and honors courses. She's part of her school's student council and is in her second year in National Honor Society.
Since Bayshore Christian doesn't offer any clubs, Myers tries to find activities outside of school that interest her. One area is recycling and renewable energy.
"My interest is keeping the environment clean and whole," Myers said. "I don't think we should have a dirty environment and global warming."
Around her house and in the Tampa community, Myers is trying to do her part to ensure a better environment for everyone. Myers has been involved Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, a program run by the city. Volunteers hit the streets after major events in Tampa and clean up. As a family, the Myers' take part in an activity generally twice a year. It's important for Myers to have her family also volunteering to provide support.
Myers wants to continue as an environmental advocate and make a different when she heads off to college.
She's also hoping to play basketball at the next level. It's still early in the recruiting process, but Myers has been attracting interest from Division I schools. Nearby Jacksonville State and Florida Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on her, as are UNC Asheville, Western Carolina, Wichita State and Western Kentucky.
Coach Denny believes Myers' game translates well to college basketball.
"I think every coach will want a player like that, passionate and versatile and always working hard to get better," Denny said. "The schools she's looking at, she's always seeing where she fits and how she can help a team out. On the next level, any team that chooses her will definitely be blessed to have her."Know an incredible student-athlete who stands out in sports and in life away from competition? Click here to nominate them for a chance to be featured on MaxPreps.