ACHIEVEMENTS The top sophomore in the country last season, she was named first-team All-America by Parade and Slam magazines after averaging 28 points and 11 rebounds. Delle Donne (pronounced DEL-luh DON-nuh), who has started on varsity since she was an eighth-grader, led Ursuline Academy to its third straight state Class 1A championship.
REMINISCENT OF? Dirk Nowitzki. The 6'4", 192-pound Delle Donne is routinely compared with Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, but her versatility -- she's as effective in the low post as she is behind the three-point line -- makes her more like the Mavericks' 7-foot superstar.
COACH'S COMMENT "She always has been four to five years ahead of everybody else," says personal trainer John Noonan, who has been working with Delle Donne since she was in the second grade. "There's the physical part, because she's so tall; then you sit and talk to her, and she's so mature. She's been getting press for so long, I'm amazed at how she handles it."
ETA In the WNBA by 2012. She's being hotly recruited by Duke, Maryland, Tennessee and UConn.
MICHAEL MAIN 17 PITCHER, Deltona, Fla.
ACHIEVEMENTS He was rated the top 15-year-old in the U.S. by Baseball America in 2004 and the nation's top junior by the scouting service Perfect Game USA last month. At DeLand High last season, the righthander was 3-1 with a 1.44 ERA, striking out 62 and walking seven in 311Ú3 innings. An outfield prospect as well, Main batted .402, with 20 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.
REMINISCENT OF? Roy Oswalt. At 6'2" and 175 pounds, Main has an angular build similar to that of the Houston Astros' righty -- and the same willingness to challenge hitters. "I don't pitch around anybody," says Main, whose fastball has reached 99 mph. "If you can hit it, let's see it."
COACH'S COMMENT "We were going to make him start on jayvee, but in the first 10 minutes of tryouts [his freshman year] we knew he was something special," says Ric Sperling. "Besides his ability, his knowledge of the game is just better than other kids'."
ETA In the majors by 2010. Main's first choice for college is Florida State, but he expects to sign a pro contract if he's a first-round draft pick next spring. "I want to make it as quick as I can," he says.