Mikayla Aumer is a rare talent out of Cambridge-Isanti, a Minnesota Class AAAA program about 45 miles north of Minneapolis.
Aumer, who committed to play college basketball at UND recently, is believed to be the program's first Division I recruit.
Coaches say the 2022 senior is rare for another reason, too.
"She has a unique drive that not a lot of kids have," Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball coach Jody Ledahl said. "She has a personal trainer in the north metro and works with him four or five days a week. She's an absolute gym rat. If it's not in our gym, she's in that gym. She plays on one of the top AAU teams in the state. Her mom and dad have driven her thousands of miles over the years.
"She doesn't come with any sort of attitude that she's owed anything. She works for everything she gets. That's a refreshing part of coaching her."
As a junior, the 5-foot-9 guard averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Bluejackets.
"It's straight basketball for me," Aumer said. "Summer training started this past Monday. I'll work out two sessions in a day from 9-12 and 1-3. That's straight conditioning, ballhandling, shooting and working on the game as a whole. Tuesday and Thursday there's AAU practice for a couple of hours.
"I started playing basketball in third grade but started to love the process of getting better and growing my game my eighth-grade year."
Aumer has been a varsity regular since she was a freshman, playing Cambridge-Isanti into the section championship game all three years with one state tournament appearance.
"Mikayla just all-around has all of the tools," Ledahl said. "She's not a one-dimensional kid. She's just as proud of her defense as her offense. Offensively, she can get about any shot -- at the rim or on the perimeter. Defensively, she takes great pride in being that shutdown defender."
Aumer is the second 2022 commitment for the Fighting Hawks. She joins Michigan guard Amanda Roach in the 2022 class.
Fighting Hawks head coach Mallory Bernhard enters the 2021-22 season with her first year as head coach without the interim label.
"With the new change in coaching staff, I really like coach Mal and the change in culture and really like how she beats in hard work," Aumer said. "I always believe that hard work beats talent any day of the week. What she's trying to do with the program, I like how she's trying to change that."
Aumer said she's comfortable playing any of the guard positions.
"I'm a hustle player and bring a lot of energy," Aumer said.