East Haven’s Helms takes unorthodox journey to D1 hoops


The journey to D1 hoops has been a bit nomadic for Makenzie Helms.

There was no road map, just a desire to compete at the highest level.

Like many kids, Helms started playing hoops at the youth level when she was barely bigger than the ball.

Since walking through that door, she has bloomed into an All-State player.

But basketball wasn’t always her first love, softball was.

She’s not afraid to take a hit now.

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As a matter of fact, the East Haven point guard has learned to take everyone’s best shot.

She’s broken her nose and broken it again. Double teams, triple teams, she’s seen it all.

It’s a sign of respect.

Helms said the turning point for her was playing for her AAU team in New York. The competition pushed her to be her best.

Need her to score 30? She can. Need her to make her teammates better? She can do that too.

It’s what attracted D1 schools to her.

Watch the video above to learn more about Helms.

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