695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
June 22, 2015
NCAA rules prohibit division one schools from hosting tournaments for club teams so the "Team Camps" are becoming more prominent on the schedules for some clubs. The team camps are a good opportunity for the schools to get potential recruits onto their campus, introduce their staff and make a few bucks. They do not charge as much as your typical AAU style tournament so it's a win win for the teams as well.
The players enjoy playing at a facility like the Xfinity Center and getting an opportunity to meet big time college players and coaches. I am starting to enjoy the team camps more than the mega tournaments during the NCAA live periods because they are more laid back and the competition is still usually solid. There is no price gouging for a book of rosters, and the college staffs are not looking to squeeze money out of a small operation like 695Hoops.com.
We spent time at two separate events over the weekend. On Saturday we spent a couple of hours at Maryland's team camp at the Xfinity Center in College Park. New assistant coach Shay Robinson was very accomodating throughout the day as we watched teams like Fairfax Stars, Philly Triple Threat, Baltimore Starz, Team Intensity, Frederick's Finest, Team Takeover, Baltimore Charm, The Matrix, Pax River Silver Stars, Maryland Belles, DC Heat, Maryland Lady Tigers, Maryland Shooting Stars and many more.
On Sunday we traveled to George Washington University and checked out some of the action at the Charles E. Smith Center. The GW staff did an excellent job of organizing the schedule and fitting in a spirited skill session for any participating player who wanted to take advantage. Assistant coaches Diane Richardson, Zach Kancher and Melissa Dunne enthusiastically worked the girls through some drills after separating them by position while head coach Jonathan Tsipis showed off his microphone skills. Cap City Ballerz, Fairfax Stars, MD Lady Terps, Team Takeover, Team Sol, Germantown Lady Panthers, Central Maryland Attitude and the Maryland Belles were some of the participating teams. I would like to thank both staffs for making us feel appreciated and going out of their way to welcome us to their campuses.
There was a ton of talent in both camps so I wrote down some notes on a few players who caught my eye over the weekend.
Isabella Alarie, 2016 center/forward, Germantown Lady Panthers (National Cathedral).
Isabella recently committed to Princeton and they picked up a good one. She has a nice face up game and nice soft hands. She finishes well with both and is a good, smart team defender. She has good length and size at around 6'2". (GW camp)
Ayonna Williams, 2016 guard, Team Sol (Ballou High School)
Ayonna showed off a nice cross over, strong ball handling skills, good court vision and she finished well in traffic. Contact with bigger players at the rim did not stop her from making the shot. (GW camp)
Morgan Batie, 2017 point guard, Cap City Ballerz (Richmond Christian).
Morgan is a tough competitor. She went hard all game against Team Takeover and had some success. She looks to penetrate and score whenever possible but also set up her teammates. She is a solid on ball defender and does not back down. I will be looking to see her again in July. (GW camp)
Mykeaya Gray, 2017 guard, Fairfax Stars, (National Christian Academy)
Ms. Gray's jumper from 3 point range has become even more deadly. She looks comfortable playing both guard spots and has a very strong first step. She can get to the rim or make short pull up jumpers. She is one of the best players in the DMV. (GW camp)
Endia Jones, 2016 Center/forward, Team Takeover, (Abderdeen)
Some players are 6'2 on paper. Endia is 6'2 in real life. She is long and athletic and she runs the floor like a guard. She is starting to add some offensive moves but lives on offensive rebounds and put backs. (GW camp)
Hannah Orens, point guard, 2020, Frederick's Finest. Hannah is small but she can ball. She has a nice crossover that froze a few defenders during the MD Camp. She showed that she can score after she gets past defenders and I enjoyed watching her play.
Eniyah Russell, point guard, 2020, Baltimore Starz. Ms. Russell showed why she is one of the top rated players in her class in the DMV at the MD camp. She is a gifted offensive player that does everything with a flair. She understands the game and always thinks she is the best player on the court.
Erica Lee, guard, 2019, Team Intensity. She caught my eye at the MD Camp. Solid guard with good size that can finish in traffic. Looking to see her again this summer. She will be attending Osborne Park high school in the fall.
Dasia Townes, point guard, 2020, Baltimore Charm. Dasia is a good ball handler that tries to make the right play every time. She is a smooth player that uses both handles well for her age. She also showed off her range by hitting a couple of long threes at the MD camp.
Makenzie Pollard, guard/wing, 2018 MD Lady Tigers. Ms. Pollard was strong at the MD camp in her usual role of unsung hero. She made timely shots, rebounded and played solid defense. She is rarely out of position and does a lot of the little things a team needs.
Madyson Hinton, guard/forward, 2020 Maryland Shooting Stars. Strong, physical player with some offensive skills. She played with the 16U team at the GW camp and was not overwhelmed. She has good size and made some nice plays during the day.
Chance Graham, 2016 center, Fairfax Stars, (Largo). Athletic and active player than makes a lot of hustle plays. This was my first time watching her. Looking to see her again this summer. She was at the GW camp.
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