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The 8th annual Insider Exposure Summer Slam went down in the Atlanta area on July 23-26. Event operator John McGraw of Team Slink has built this event into a July hot spot for teams looking to get maximum exposure, but not get raked over the coals with convention center pricing. College coaches that I talked to durin the event like the simple set up and the ability to follow almost all the teams. With only four courts and balcony seating as well as chairs along the baseline, the scouts can follow the action easily.
With the recruiting packet priced at about a third to half of what some of the major events are charging, it's an easy sell. This year's field consisted of 132 teams and about the same amount of colleges which is a great ratio.
I spent about 3 days at the Suwanee Sports Club and saw a good number of talented players.
John McGraw, Insider Exposure.
The view from the balcony at Suwanee Sports Club
Danielle Patterson, West Chester Hoopers, 6'3" 2017 Power Forward
Ms. Patterson showed off her complete game. She did work inside and dropped in some shots from the perimeter. Played solid defense and crashed the boards. Her final four are Notre Dame, St. John's, Tennessee and Virginia.
Aijha Blackwell, Team St. Louis, 2019 5'11" guard
Big guard with a strong motor and explosive athleticism. Opposing coaches were not sure how to defend her. She knocked down 3's and drove the lane fearlessly. Excellent rebounder and she makes hustle plays all over the court. She is a very versatile player who is willing to play all five positions.She made some precise passes in traffic. Very impressive.
Teisha Hyman, Westchester Hoopers, 2019 PG
She plays a strong attacking game on offense. She looks to score in the lane and dished out some nice assists. She makes solid entry passes into the post. She has a nice arsenal of crossover, change of direction and hesitation moves. She gets where she wants to go and knows what to do when she gets there. She can get to the rim or just pull up and nail short jumpers.
Ahlea Myers, South Carolina 76ers, 2018 PG
Ahlea is a lefty with a nice stroke from deep. She was never out of control and played at a nice measured pace. Her body control allows her to hang and finish through contact. She found her open teammates and got them the ball where they could work with it.
Eniyah Russell, Power Move, 5'9' point guard
Young but flashy guard that can score, but prefers to dish off to her teammates. Her solid handle and speed usually gets her into the paint at will but she drained some 3's against the zones that she saw. Her on ball defense has improved since the spring. Several major D1's are on her trial.
Mahogany Vaught, Team Slink, 2018 Combo guard
Real smooth performer who can play both guard positions. Played solid on ball defense and came up with steals in the passing lanes. She can shoot from deep or just blow past defenders into the lane. She's more comfortable at the point but can play off the ball too.
Ariel Young, North Florida Elite, 2018 ,5'11" guard/forward
Nice wing prospect with long arms. She can handle the ball and she active on defense. She looked comfortable leading the fast break, either fininshing herself or making the right pass.
Selena Philoxy, Lady Choz, 2017 6'0" forward center.
Selena was in beast mode in the game I watched. She had five "And 1" opportunities. She is too quick for most bigs and punishes smaller players. She thrives on contact but she has a soft touch in the paint. She is a match up problem and when the double teams came she made some deft passes. She handled her business on the boards too.
Lakrista Walker, North Floride Elite, 2018 point guard.
Exceptional athlete with a good handle and explosive first step. She uses her hang time to get shots off over defenders. She scored and set up teammates. Feisty on defense.
Zorria West, Riverside Hawks, 2017 5'10" guard.
Big, versatile guard that can finish with both hands. Her length is a problem on defense. Good rebounder.
Ya'Toria Coleman, Memphis Lady Mambas 5'8" guard
"Ya Ya" has a college ready body right now. She made some 3 pointers and drove into the paint, usually at least drawing a shooting foul.
Shanique Edwards, NDO Hornets, 2017 6'0 forward.
Agile perimeter defender who can defend all five positions. She has great timing on her blocked shots, usually just tipping the ball to herself. Great speed in the open court and has some nice finishing moves in the paint.
Dasia "Stix" Townes, Power Move 2020, 5'10" combo guard.
Dasia is more interesting in being a lock down defender than scoring but she is a capable offensive threat. She is hard to get by on defense and recovers quickly if she does get beat. Very good shot blocker. Her versatility was a major factor in the team going 4-0. A few D1's have her on their radar already.
Courtney Cleveland, Team Strive, 5'10" 2017 forward
Courtney was playing the post because of a lack of size on her team. She can run and finish in the lane on the break. She has a nice mid range shot and a good first step. Very energetic and uses quickness to defend bigger post players.
Zaire Hicks, Memphis Lady Mambas, 5'6" 2017 Point guard
Real tough floor general. Good defender who makes sound decisions. She has a pass first mentality but she can get to the rim and finish and her shot is decent.
Teal Battle, Memphis Lady Mambas, 2017 6'0 wing.
Solid wing prospect with a good handle, post up moves and a nice shooting touch. She is a good passer out of the post and high post. Very active on the glass.
Amerah Steele, Kentucky Premier, 2020 guard
Steele is a a sharp shooting guard who will launch from anywhere. She know how to use movement and picks to get open.
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