Ben Davis senior Danielle Cuttino may have boosted her chances to earn a coveted All Stars jersey with her performance last Sunday at the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Workout held at Marian University.
That performance paid off as she was one of the lucky 13 players named to the coveted Indiana All-Star team this week.
Cuttino has already enjoyed a wealth of athletic honors in her senior year. During the fall, she was named second-team All-American in volleyball and accepted an offer from Purdue to play that sport in college.
While her future may be set on volleyball, Cuttino has not yet ended her basketball playing days and has continued working on her second sport after averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds through her final campaign.
“I have still been working with my coach (Lentz) getting ready for this,” Cuttino said. “It really helped me today, and I think I played well.”
Those continued workouts showed in Cuttino’s play at the Top 60 Workout where she shined in scrimmage play and made Ben Davis coach Joe Lentz proud of his top player.
“I was lucky to coach her for all four years,” Lentz said. “She showed she can be dominant out there. She was a Junior All-Star.”
Another proud viewer in the audience was former Ben Davis girls coach Stan Benge, who saw Cuttino’s raw possibility when she started high school.
“We saw the potential in Danielle when she was a freshman,” Benge said. “She was so athletic, but she just had not played a lot of basketball before she got here.”
Under the workout format, players are paced through a series of drills before being grouped into teams for scrimmage play. With participants coming from various parts of the state, adapting to newly introduced teammates can be interesting.