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Below are the individual reports on players from the event. TY BATTLE (7th grade) - Her frame reminds me of Taylor Tuck (Illinois) when she was in 7th grade. She scored the most points in the event. Her field goal percentage would have been off the charts because she was the beneficiary of great guard play on her team. This allowed her to get a ton of shots right around the basket. When she had to post up, she did struggle a bit. When defenders kept their hands up and stayed in her face, her got to move was a jump hook. I hope as she continues to get older she will not remain in the post, as I think she could develop into a special wing player. She has the athleticism right now. Ty also showcased her vision from the high post as she hit cutting teammates with her passes. MONICA BAREFIELD (8th grade) – Primetime performer. In my opinion she had the best overall performance in the event. Barely standing over five feet, but packing a whole of game. She is quick and fast, which makes for a lethal combination for a point guard. Her hands are as quick as her feet, as she enjoyed poking the ball away from multiple players today. This is often referred to as picking pockets, which lead to easy lay-ups for her. She has very good handles, she is low to ground and she pushes the ball even lower. Her full court push dribbles right hand to left hand and vice versa is very fluid. She showed me that she can play in a full court fast tempo game as well as distributing the ball in the half court set. She has a point guard mentality, always looking to pass. But she also knew when to take her drives to the basket and when to shoot her jump shot. She read the defense very well, showing consistent court vision all day long. She also has the floater down pact, which is something that many guards struggle with developing. She scored over the trees in paint, with an array of quick floaters, double pump lay-ups and mid range pull ups. Monica has good body control and she was strong enough to take the contact and still get the shot up to the basket. She also showed that she has a three point shot in her arsenal as well. Her ability to penetrate allowed for some easy scoring opportunities for teammates. She had one of the best performances I can remember seeing at this event in the past. With her showcasing her abilities, it will be interesting to see how teams plan their defenses to limit her impact on the game this coming elementary club basketball season. MIA BRADLEY (8th grade) – One of the few actual post players in the event. She is a big bodied player and she uses her body to get good position on defenders. The problem is that in events like this, not many guards pass the ball to the post. That did not stop her from calling for the ball. She moved well for her size and she was not clumsy with her footwork, which is something you may expect from a player with her size at this young of an age. Where she attends high school will help determine if she will become a post player that will gain attention as she gets older. She needs to be surrounded with a system that will give her the ball so she can bang. LADERRICKA BROWN (8th grade) – Jump shot looks good leaving her hand and her handles in the open court are solid. RANEHA BRYANT (8th grade) - Her build, her dominant left hand and her game strongly reminds me of another lefty that dominated at the 8th grade level. If she attends Whitney Young then she would have one season to play with that player, Linnae Harper. Raneha only uses her left hand right now, so developing a right hand is definitely something she will need to do. Everything she does is to the left. But if she heads to Whitney Young I have no doubt that her entire game will be developed for the better. She has a great feel for the game and in a few instances I saw her attempt to make some plays that her teammates were just not ready for. It is obvious that Raneha plays with boys and that has helped her be so physical in going after rebounds. She goes hard which is something that cannot be taught. What will have to be improved is a solid midrange shot and a bit more control in finishing lay ups. Right now she attacks the basket and she has no problem going inside against taller players, all good signs. She is definitely a player whose development will be worth following. PAULINA CASTRO (8th grade) – As the day wore on, it became very clear thst Paulina Castro is a point guard with great vision. She knew when to deliver a bounce pass and when to throw the chest pass. This is minor, but surprisingly a lot of players don’t know when to throw the bounce pass. This puts Paulina a step ahead with her decision making skills. She can shoot the three ball, and her hesitation dribble is nice. Another aspect that Paulina excelled in was understanding the screen and roll game. This is where those bounce passes came in really handy. I would have like to have seen her attack the paint a bit more and challenge the bigger post players with her floater. Instead she settled for the mid-range shot. Which was effective at times, but as a point guard every once in a while you have to get into the paint and draw some fouls on those post players. KENNEDY CHANDLER (7th grade) - Has a very big frame. Right now her defense is better than her offense. She knows how to slide over and provide help defense very well. She also gets great position for defensive rebounds. She is very raw offensively, and continued development is needed. If she can develop a solid post move she can become a solid player by her 8th grade season. GABRIELLE COOPER (8th grader) – She is an IMPACT player. The first thing that jumps out at you while watching her play is her jumping ability. She was the most athletic player in the event. She reminds me of Seton Hall commit Shanise Heady. She has great hang time and she is able to get into the lane and contort her body past defenders to gain a clean look at the basket. Gabrielle has nice handles; her highlight move was when she mixed up three players when she came across half court, splitting three players in unison. She showed that she can consistently get to the rim. In the second game she was flat out hooping and she did whatever she wanted in that game. It was as if she was letting everyone know who she was, and she did a great job doing that. What I wondered was could she shoot, or was she just that much more athletic than everyone which typically enables kids to outshine others at this age. But after she showed her three ball and shooting them with confidence; I quickly moved her into top performance contention. Another facet which I noticed was that she communicated on screens, which puts her a step ahead of players that do not understand how to communicate on defense or even understand the importance. She has a great upside in this game, if she stays focused through high school and continues to progress her game, she will become a very solid division I prospect. LINZY COX (8th grade) - She is power guard and I was impressed with her size and strength, but at the same time she was light on her feet and she has good footwork. She can handle the ball, but she can also go down low and compete with taller players. She has a good sweep and go move. She is a lefty, which created some problems for a few defenders when they tried to guard her. She also has range out to the three point line. The potential to be a good player is definitely high with this prospect. ALYSSA DE LA TOREE (7th grade) – She has a very good looking set shot. The shot always looks to be on line. Must develop more strength to be able to step out to three point line in the future. She competes on defense, but will need to get a bit quicker to continue to compete on a higher competitive level as she gets older. FINESS DICKSON (7th grade) - Very nice lefty. She has quick hands which helped her catch offensive players off guard and poke or take the ball away from them. She has the skill of passing off the dribble already. Finess made some good passes in the paint to find open teammates, a few of her passes where no looks which added some swag to her game. Really looking forward to seeing her continue to develop. KATHLEEN DOYLE (8th grade) – One word sums up her performance, PLAYMAKER! This young lady was everywhere. If a play was made on her team, she was a part of it some form or fashion. She also plays solid defense, but her strength is offensive. Her left hand is just as strong as her right hand. In my opinion, her best move was a driving right side baseline attack, which she reversed for a left sided lay-up. The move was done at full speed without hesitation. She also has a crossover that catches defenders off guard. She showcased great vision putting teammates in positions for them to have offensive success. Along with her half court vision, I must mention she dribbles with her head up, which allowed her to make a couple of pin point on the money ¾ of the court passes to teammates on the run. She gets into the paint very well; she even passes up her floaters to feed her teammates, which is a great sign for a point guard. I did not see a jump shot, but I am sure she has one, as she has all the other offensive tools in her weaponry. JAYLNN ESTRADA (8th grade) – She did not get it going until the last game. She is a point guard that dribbles low and she is able to takes bumps from defenders and not get knocked off her path to the basket. She did make two straight baskets going coast to coast, showing off her nifty handles. MIA FARRELL (8th grade) – She is a very solid player. She did not do anything that made the crowd go “oh and ah.” Most importantly, I saw Mia make all of her layups, and as we all know as coaches this is not an easy thing for players this young to consistently do. She has very solid handles, again nothing to fancy. But she controlled the ball and did not let defenders get it from her or cause her to turn it over by rushing a pass. These things are what make coaches very satisfied with a player performance. I wondered about her shooting ability after watching her first two games. However, in the last game she showed the ability to make the three ball shot. She was also able to get to the free throw area and make a pull-up jump shot as well. Mia’s consistent play proved she was an All – Star. HANNAH FRAZIER (8th grade) – A post player that stays on the blocks. She did not move around much without the ball, but she was always in great position to get the offensive rebound. She has a good physical frame, which helped her be almost un-moveable after she had her position. Right now she is left hand dominant. She never attempted to use her right hand, which made some of her shot attempts come at bad angles. She must improve this. I would have to see she may have been the best rebounder in the event. AUTUMN GOODRUM DAVIS (8th grade) – Has a very athletic looking build. She is quick off her feet, which helped her get some rebounds over taller players. She made a good finish at the rim in the third game. She also was a player that was willing to pass, which shows she has good vision locating open players. DELANI GRAYER (6th grade) – She provided a ton of hustle. Very athletic lefty who is still coming into her own as a player. She plays with no fear; that is for sure. She constantly attacks the basket against older players as if it is no big deal. She also does have three point range on her shot. There were stretches when she had to play point guard for her team. She is not a point guard, but because no one else on the team would play it, she did the best she could. The ball may have been stolen away from her, but she never showed a sense of frustration. This is a 6th grader who may grow to be about 6’1 when it’s all over. The benefits of handling the basketball right now will pay huge dividends down the road. KAYLA GREEN (4th grade) - All day I wondered why she kept shooting jump shots, when the lane was open. There was one instance when her team had a 3 on 0 fast break, she pulled up from the free throw line, with not a defender in between her and the basket. I heard an adult behind me say, “Man that was selfish.” Later I learned that Kayla was only in 4th grade. My whole evaluation mindset changed. I took her to be a player that was afraid to go to the basket, but in actuality Kayla was just doing what any 4th grader in an event like this would have done. She was getting her shots off as quickly as she could. What was impressive was how Kayla had a little swagger about herself, after each shot she had a bounce in her step. When she finally made her first basket I was happy for her. I look forward to seeing her get better and watching her swag for years to come. CHARDONNAY HAMILTON (8th grade) – The tallest player at the event, standing 6-5”. She already has ‘it’ in the fact that when she walk in the gym, she has the look. You cannot teach the physical gifts, height and size and she is way ahead of many in that category. Now she just needs to be refined and shown the necessary drills and skills to be developed into a player. Every coach in the gym was impressed with her raw talent. That talent is very raw, right now one of her main flaws is that she does not jump at all. But why would she, as no one was able to get the rebound over her. As she gets older she will play against taller kids on the elite level and she will have to jump. She ran the floor very well for a player with that size. She did make a few put backs, but posting up and getting position are all foreign to her right now. I did see her shoot with the left hand on the left side, and that was positive to see. If she learns the fundamentals of post play by the end of this 8th grade year, she will be headed in the right direction towards becoming a serious division I prospect. DEANNA HAWKINS – Small in stature, but big on game. She didn’t do much in the first game, but she was an impact player in the second and third game. Which earned her a spot on the All – Star team. She gets into the paint with ease, and she challenges the bigs to defend her. But what makes her special is she gets into their chest so they cannot block her shot and she has hang time and enough balance to get off a good shot. In transition she is exceptionally quick with the ball and she can change direction with the best of them. With the ball in her hand, she reminds me of a running back looking to shred the defense. Not sure what club team she plays with, but she is definitely club basketball ready. JANAE HEARD (8th grade) – Not tall, but she has a big frame. She did a good job of boxing out, which helped her rebound the ball very well. She had tons of defensive rebounds. Offensively, she rarely touched the ball. The setting of this event, where set plays were not called appeared a bit tough for her to grasp. She tried to set screens but the guards on her team were not using them. She does have some work to continue to do to become a better player. I am positive with her continued efforts she will improve. VENTRA HILLERY (8th grade) – She has very quick hands, which lead to some steals for her. She has a strong frame and her best moves of the day were her up & under. SHELBY HOLT (8th grade) – Showed off her athleticism with a reverse lay – up. She also knocked down two three point shots on the day. SARAH HUMPHREY (8th grade) – A 5’10 wing that was very impressive. She showed a nice solid shot from the elbow areas on the floor. She would need more work on her strength to knock down the three ball. She is a leaper and her long arms allowed her to get some tough rebounds in traffic. She dribbles a bit high, but if her game continues to improve it should translate into a legit division I prospect. She was always under control and never rushed anything that she did. Not flashy but a very solid player. CLAIRE JAKAITIS (8th grade) – A very strong player. She finishes in the paint with contact. A great fundamental skill that she utilizes well is securing rebounds, she rips and chins the ball well. She is also looking for the outlet pass immediately. Claire is a post player that knows her role and that is always a good thing to witness. She also blocked quite a few shots. But what makes this rebounding machine a dual threat is that she showed she can knock down the baseline jumper with confidence. LINDSEY JAROSINSKI (6th grade) – 6’2 and only in 6th grade. Which means all she would need to do is continue to improve as a player as she already has the height for the next level. She chins the ball better than some high school kids. She can moves well, not a speedy player but she did run her hardest while on the floor. She ran the middle of the floor where post players are supposed to run, which means she knows her role. Watching her compete, you would not know she was in 6th grade. She made a few strong moves and attempted the jump hook as well. She knows when to pass to the opposite wing from the high post already. She is truly a player to keep your eye on in over the years. How good she will become will depend on her getting stronger and continuing to develop more post moves. RYAN JENKINS (5th grade) - She comes from a pedigree of good players. Right now her dribbling ability is advanced for a 5th grader. Ryan was the smallest player in attendance. But what should not be under valued is the fact that it did not deter her from competing. She did get two shot attempts moving towards the basket. Ryan should get better as the years go on. CACHET JOHNSON (8th grade) - Her first possession with the ball, I knew she was a player that thinks the game and process the defense first before she makes her move. She caught the ball on the left baseline and she patiently waited for her defender to close out, her move was a simple show and go. But it was done very smoothly and without hesitation. She had quite a few more hard attacking moves to basket. Her first step is very quick, and her crossover compliments that first step. Throughout the day she also showed her ability to use a step through in the paint effectively. Lastly, she showed a great mid-range pull up jump shot. Reminiscent of Kevin Durant, curling towards the free throw line and then rising up and shooting. Her solid play and diverse skill set has her ranked in my top five for overall performance BRIANNA JOINER (7th grade) - Before the event I was telling as many as I could that this kid can bring it. She did not disappoint. In my opinion she was the top 7th grader in the gym and her on the court abilities proved that. Brianna plays so hard and with so much determination. Her motor does not stop. Right now she does dribble a bit high, but she constantly working to improve her handles. No one was able to steal the ball from her which is a positive, as her favorite move is a spin move and she protects the ball quite well. Her first basket of the day was a nice up and under move finishing with the left hand. Within 30 seconds of that move, she stole the ball and finished going coast to coast. She is a beast on the glass, both offensively and defensively. Brianna also played very unselfish as she found teammates and passed them the ball for easy scoring opportunities. There were a few possessions were her basketball IQ was evident, as she would draw the defense and she was looking for a back door cutting teammate, except some of the players would not cut back door. As she matures in the game of basketball I am sure her jump shot will continue to get better. If she adds that to her game and maintains her tenacity and no fear attitude, she has a chance to be very special. MORGAN JONES (8th grade) – She has a very imposing build. I was looking forward to watching her play because of her physical traits. She pulled a hamstring in the first few minutes of being on the floor. I applaud her desire to try and play as she entered the game again, but she was just unable to run. She is someone I am looking forward to watching play. LEA KERSTEIN (8th grade) – She has a nice looking shot; she showed she can shoot both off the dribble and from spotting up as well. A good trait is that she does look up the court when she is dribbling. She had a nice baseline take. Defensively she stands a bit too high, but of course this can be corrected as she continues to play basketball. TYLAH LAMPLEY (8th grade) – A very athletic player. She has long arms which coupled with her great timing and leaping ability allows her to alter a lot of shots. She is not a typically post player, but right now at this level because of her height she plays the forward position. As she gets older she will transition to a true wing. She must improve her jump shot, and she also must learn to finish with her left hand. What is most impressive is watching her get a defense rebound and go coast to coast. She has freakish athletic ability, which allows her to take off from difficult angles to the basket, but her body control and a hang time allows her to get the shot off. This is where the left hand will come in handy, because every shot cannot be with the right hand. She is also a great passer in transition. LAUREN LEE (6th grade) – Her future in this game looks bright, very bright. For a sixth grader, she is very fundamentally sound. She never looked rushed or unsure of anything that she did. Her crossover from right to left is very effective as she would leave defenders stuck as she went past them. She makes strong aggressive moves towards the rim which is good to see from such a young player. Another asset that I enjoyed watching was the way Lauren passed the ball to the post. Which we all know in events like this, you rarely see guards willing to share the ball with post players. I wonder will Lauren continue to pass to the post in future events. It will be hard pressed to believe, because as she keeps getting better, her ability to get to rim and create her own shot will grow. It is already advanced for her age, I can’t wait to see her in a few years. SHELBY LINEAR (7th grade) – Shelby had a very solid day. She handled the basketball very well. She had tons of assists finding open teammates, as she got a lot of lane touches with the ball in her hands. She attacks her defender strongly to the right; it would be great to see her develop a secondary move going back to the left. Don’t be deceived though, she has a strong left hand on lay-ups. She played great on the ball defense, she also stayed in good position and she did a good job keeping her defender away from the rim on dribble penetration. Shelby also had some steals, which she converted to layups or more assists to teammates. The only thing Shelby did not show was a jump shot. Outside of not looking to shoot a jumper, Shelby did everything well on this day. With continued basketball development, I can see her being a top notch guard in 8th grade. ALEXIS MARIN (7th grade) – This kid has the goods. The first thing you notice is her handles. She had quite a few times when she rocked her defender to sleep and then burst by them to get into the paint. Best move was when she split two defenders by crossing over the first one and then going behind her back and through her legs on the second defender. That move had everyone saying, ”OOOHHHH.” In her second game she really put on a show. She was going back and forth with Monica Barefield. They both were showcasing their point guard skills. Alexis has a solid three ball as well. She had a few set shots, but she also showed that she can shoot it off the dribble. Impressive was her step back three ball shot that she showcased on quite a few occasions. BAILEY MCDANIEL (8th grade) – Used a show & go from the high post area to get to the basket a couple of times. A major positive was seeing her set willing screens for teammates. She did not get involved with screen and roll action, which is something I would have love to have seen. AMARIE MCGEE (8th grade) – Very quick, athletic guard. She has a quick handle and she gets to her spots with ease when the ball is in her hands. KENNEDI MILLER (7th grade) - Made a few three pointers early in the day. Today she was strictly a set shot shooter. Not much movement on offense and she needed a penetrating guard to draw the defense and kickout the pass to her. She will need to work on creating her own shot to keep growing in the game of basketball. ALYSSA MOORE (7th grade) - She plays with a chip on her shoulder, and I mean that in a good way. I continue to get excited when I watch her play. As big as she plays, I wonder does she know she is not the tallest player on the floor. She continually posted up her defender, and she post up with success. She fights for offensive rebounds and she usually wins that battle. She can jump with the best of them, which helps makes her an impact player at the guard position. She did make a few pull up shots in the lane, but her deep shot needs some work. The great thing is she is only in only 7th grade, which means she has time to correct it. She is great at getting in passing lanes and she utilizes her floater very well. This kid should surely be an All - Star next years as well. Which would make her an All - Star for three years in a row. AMBER ODEN (8th grade) – Great physical tools. She is about 6’2”, and what stood out to me the most was how effortlessly she runs the court. She did not play much club basketball last season, so this 8th grade year will be huge for her in terms of preparation for high school. Right now she has a soft touch around the rim. But again, with some hard work, she should become a solid four player in the future. BRITTANY ORMAN (8th grade) – She is left hand only. But in defense of that, she was able to get where she wanted. But as she gets older, defenders will force her to use the other hand. Her ability to use screens and execute the screen and roll properly was impressive. KENNEDY PERRY (7th grade) – She made two floaters to start the third game. She also knocked down a three pointer. She plays hard and has a motor. But more work is needed on her offensive skill sets. Defensively she can run with the offensive players, but she must continuing working on her change of direction speed. Many times she gets beat because she continues to reach. NAUTICA PRESTON (8th grade) - She did absolutely nothing in the first game. As her club coach she had me worried. But she quickly got things together and played well in the remaining games. She started the second game off with two quick baskets, a corner jump shot and a left handed lay-up. Her left hand is very solid. She reminds me of Chanise Jenkins (DePaul) in the fact that she goes left the majority of the time. Throughout the day she distributed the basketball very well. Right now, Nautica knows how to get into the paint and feed players for lay-ups as well as being able to kick the ball out to shooters for open shots. Her primary move to the basket is good, but she will need to continue to improve her secondary move to grow as a point guard. She has a high arching shot; it is solid from mid range. Nautica also has three point distance, but she doesn't shoot it with consistency. She works hard at improving her skills and I truly believe she will be special when her high school career ends. DESTINY RICHARDS (7th grade) – 5’11 with a very good physical frame. She fights for rebounds. She has a very soft touch around the basket. She was the beneficiary of some easy looks because of guard penetration on her team. She gets good post position on the offense end, but she does not call for the ball often. This is something she will have to work on. I would expect her to be an All Star at next years event. MORGAN ROSENCRANTZ (8th grade) - She has a good looking follow through on her shot. Her left hand is very solid, and she goes strong to the basket. SYDNEY SCHULTZ (7th grade) – I was really impressed with how well she rebounded the basketball. Sydney boxes out and she attacks the ball, she does not wait for the rebound to come to her. She must improve her left hand as she didn’t use it when she should have. She did block a few shots and its was not easy to score on her. Another positive to Sydney’s game is that looks very comfortable shooting the baseline jumper. LEAH SIMS (7th grade) – Very small, but was not intimidated at all. She mixed it up with the bigger guards. She was not selfish with the ball and she set up some teammates for easy scores. PORSHA SYDNOR (7th grade) – Very high ceiling for this player. She moves at what appears to be top speed on every play. When she makes her mind up to get to the rim, she gets there. I did not see her take any plays off and that is quite impressive, as there are high school players that are still working on not taking plays off. Porsha uses both hands effectively. Her hands are also quick, which is a great trait to have on defense. Her quick hands helped her pick pocket ball handlers and get deflections on passes as well. I would love to see her pick her head up a bit when dribbling and become more of a playmaker. Make no mistake, right now she is a legit scorer, but if the height does not continue, she will have to adjust and become a point guard. Right now when she shots it looks like she is thinking about the shot, instead of just shooting it in rhythm. I have seen Porsha in the gym working on her game. I predict that in time, her jump shot will improve and that will only make her an even better player. Right now she is surely one of the top 7th graders in the area. RACHEL SPENCER (6th grade) – Knocked down a few three point shots. She showed a quick first step. JNAYA WALKER (7th grade) - Has all the physical tools to be a very nice wing player when she finishes high school. What I was impressed about most was her basketball IQ. She made some very good decisions with the ball in her hands. She found open players a couple of times. Right now she does dribble a bit high, but that can of course be corrected in time. She did show a left hand hook shot. If she develops a three ball, she could potentially become a serious prospect in the years to come. AMBER WATSON (8th grade) – Has great size and a very strong build. She didn’t have a lot of opportunities with the ball in her hands, but she made up for that by playing good on the ball and off the ball defense. MARYAM WILCHER (8th grade) – This is a kid who had a great second half of her second game and she played a great third game. I think she could have been an All – Star. She just didn’t get it going until later in the day. She is a very solid player in my opinion. She has a high follow through and the ball leaves her hand with a good rotation. She showed that she can make shots off the dribble. She was constantly working hard on offense without the ball to get open. She also created tough looks for offensive players because she defends well with her long arms. The long arms also lead to a few block shots on the day. She played bigger than she was as she battled in the paint on a few possessions. I would love to see her gain some weight through high school and continue to develop her skills. She could be the sleeper in the 2016 class. BRIDGETTE WILLIAMS (8th grade) – Vey physical player. She has a great build for an 8th grader. Right now she uses her power to bully her way into points. She is a work horse, make no mistake about that. She has good balance and she is light on her feet. She catches everything thrown to her, so her hands are not an issue. As minor as that may sound, many young players have a hard time locating the pass. This is not an issue for Bridgette as she caught quite a few passes in transition and was able to finish the play. Her go to move right now, is a good strong turn around in the post. With the energy and passion that she plays with, it will be great to continue to see her develop her game over the coming years. COURTNEE WILLIAMS (8th grade) – Made an immediate impact and she continued to make impact plays all day while she was on the floor. Right now, Courtnee is a bully in the sense that she can get to the basket whenever she wants. She battles for rebounds over taller players and she usually comes down with the ball. Her tenacity enabled her to get tons of scoring looks just from offensive rebounds alone. She goes to the basket with both hands, and she has a quick crossover. Once she masters a mid-range shot, she will translate into a dual offensive threat. What must be noted though, is how hard she plays and how hard she does attack the basket. She is also a very tough defender. She uses her physical strength to control ball handlers and she is quick enough to recover if she gets beat because she gambled. KAITLYN WILLIAMS (8th grade) – She had a couple strong finishes even after the defenders made contact. Her shot is a bit herky-jerky right now, as she pushes the ball when she shoots it.
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