695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
On Sunday, June 8th DMV Elite's Chris Lawson enlisted the services of Next Sports Phenom's Tink Butler to organize a one day girls super team showcase. The event was free for teams to play and it was invitation only so your reputation had to preceed you. A total of 36 teams suited up for the event. Programs like Boo Williams, Norfolk Express and Boo Williams Richmond made the drive up to face off against local DMV teams like Team Sol, Team Takeover, Baltimore Starz, Maryland Pride, DC Heat, DC Cobras PV Vogues and a host of others. Each team played two games during the day and there was one 7th grade game to close out the day. All of the area's girls basketball pundits were on hand to take in the action and we spent the day comparing notes and enjoying the games. Here is 695Hoops' take on the day...
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
There are some players and teams who consistently stand out no matter where we are. Here are a few whose names you are probably already familiar with.
Chloe Chapman, 5'6" point guard, MD United Lady Ballers, 2019.
Last year at this time I was willing to engage in friendly debates about who was the best point guard in the class of 2019. There is no longer any reason to discuss it. After this performance it is clear that she has separated herself from any other guard in the class. Her foot speed is the best I have seen in while. Her handle is strong with both hands and once she gets into the lane she can finish with an array of floaters or whip a crisp pass to her open teammates. She has improved her outside shot and grown a little as well so it will be fun to watch her continued growth.
Kolbi-Monet Green, 5'5", point guard, Team Takeover, 2017.
A solid outing for a solid decision maker. Not a lot of flash but very aggressively defensively and will compete from the opening tip to the final buzzer. Looks to pass first but can knock down shots when needed.
Mykea Gray, 5'7", guard, DC Cobras. 2017.
A gifted scorer with a non stop attack mentality. Gets into the lane consistently and has a nice 3 point shot.
Kieche' White, 5'7", point guard, DC Future, 2016.
One of my favorite point guards in this class. She is strong and makes powerful and explosive drives to the basket. In their game against the Columbia Ravens she put her defender on skates and sent her to the bench with two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the game. Defenders have to back off because of her quickness and that is when she launches from long distance. She plays with a chip on her shoulder and is a fierce competitor.
Dajah Logan, 6'0, two guard, Team Takeover, 2015.
Dajah is committed to East Carolina and she has all the tools to have a productive career there. She is physically built for the D1 game and she is very efficient on the court. She can score inside and out and looks more comfortable handling the ball as well.
Charme Lilly, 5'6" point guard, BWSL Richmond, 2018
One of Richmond's finest point guards. We noticed her last summer at USJN DC and she has improved since then. She can knock down shots from deep and penetrates to set up her big frontline teammates. We look forward to seeing her in July.
BEST GAME OF THE DAY
MD UNITED LADY BALLERS 55, BWSL RICHMOND 46.
Coach Mike Davis brought his highly touted 8th grade team up for the day and they are as good as their national reputation. They have impressive guards in Charme Lilly and Jennifer Davis and size not often seen in this class on one team. 6'2" Samantha Brunelle (2019), 6'4" Rochelle Norris, 6'2" Michaela Jamison and 6'3" Rachael Stovall make up one of the most imposing front lines in the country. Their second game of the day had them matched up against the MD United Lady Ballers. The Ballers were without their best inside threat Taylor Clayborne, but they were up to the challenge. The Baller guards made it known immediately that their presence would be felt. 5'3" Malika Waleed is an intense defender and she pressed up full court with some real physical defense that set the tone for the game. The combination of defense and rebounding was the key to the game. 5'8" Jaylin Carodine repeatedly outworked the bigger Richmond players and pulled down 13 rebounds. Chloe Chapman was spectacular on offense as she constantly broke down the defense by penetrating and making floaters or dishing off to open teammates. BWSL found themselves trailing 28 to 24 at the half. The Ballers increased the lead to double digits a few times in the second half and thwarted a late rally to pull away for a 9 point win. We were very impressed with both teams but it seemed like the Ballers were a little more up for this. Great job by both teams today.
Chapman, Carodine and Waleed
Brunelle, Norris, Jamison and Stovall
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN JULY
Here are a few players to watch at the major events in July who could be ready to break out and get their first offers or pick up more.
Adrienne Jones, 5'8", two guard, Baltimore Starz, 2016.
Gabrielle Green, 6'2" center, DC Heat 2016
Sofilia Ngwafang, 6'4" center, DC Heat 2016
Daisa Harris, 5'5" guard, Germantown Lady Panthers, 2015
Jordan Hawkins, 6'2" center, Baltimore Starz, 2015
Lena Niang, 6'2: forward, Cardinal Crusaders, 2015
Kennedi Colclough, 6'0" forward, Xpress United, 2016
Raven Riley, 5'10" wing, DC Cobras, 2016
Octavia Wilson, 5'7" guard, Team Sol, 2017 (did not play Sunday but watch anyway)
Keiche' White is an impressive 2016 Point guard.
The Vogues 14U (2017) team was very sharp today in their game against Havoc City. They have excellent ball movement and offensive execution. Dominique Webster caught our eye today. We will be looking to see more of the Vogues and this 5'8 floor general.
Lena Niang of Riverdale Baptist is a 6'2 2015.
Necole Hope of MD Pride is a 2017 guard who has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and coming up with clutch plays. She has grown a little and is now up to 5'11".
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