695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
On Saturday, June 22nd the University of Maryland's Women's team hosted their annual Team Camp at the Comcast Center. Director of Basketball Operations Zach Kancher was the point person for the event. 695Hoops was on site from 8:30am to around 3:00pm and we were able to catch a good deal of action on all five courts. The entire Maryland staff and roster was on hand to make everyone feel at home. The event was organized and well run with no major issues except for the last round of games starting at 10:00pm. A few players caught my eye so here is a brief look at some of the local standouts from the camp.
Let's start with the youngsters.
The Central Maryland Attitude's rising 7th grade team is one to take note of. I watched a game and a half of coach Joe Mcaleer's team and I like what I saw.
#35 Taylor Geiman, forward.
This young lady is long and lean and has a great IQ. She handled the ball with both hands and was athletic enough to get into the lane with a quick first step and long strides. She made good decisions and was a match up problem. Her exact height was not available but I would guess she's about 5'8" right now.
#4 Aleah Nelson, guard.
This is my second time seeing her. She has blazing speed and a nice vertical. She is was in the open court frequently as she has a knack for playing the passing lanes. Looking forward to seeing her again soon.
The Baltimore Starz 7th grade Gold team has two guards that I like.
#2 Tylea Galloway, guard. 2018
Galloway is a very strong lefty with a sturdy and solid frame. She's around 5'7" and handles the ball with both hands. She is able to over power most guards in her age range because of how she is built. She has enough speed and burst to get around most defenders and she is willing to mix it up and rebound. Her favorite move is to launch 3 pointers from NBA range on unsuspecting defenders. She is becoming very accurate from long range.
#6 Cache Waters, guard 2018
Cache is becoming more and more comfortable with her ball handling. She is turning into a very solid point guard. I noticed that she is getting more adept at using both hands in traffic and can push the fast break more effectively as a result. She is a willing defender and always ready to mix it up with some physical play. She is becoming a very good 3 point shooter. She is also a lefty.
Molly Folks, center/forward, 2017, Maryland Lady Shooting Stars
Molly is lefty who takes up a lot of space. She knows how to use her size to her advantage. She is a great position rebounder and can finish around the rim. She is 5'9" and hard to move out of the paint so usually gets her way. She doesn't rush her shot so she shoots a very high percentage.
Kiara Young, 2018, 5'9" Baltimore Lady Lions
Ms. Young has good size and decent speed. She has some offensive skills that are still developing. She is an intersesting prospect to watch out for.
Marshauna Butler, 2014, 6'0", Guard, Alana Beard's Future
This Stony Brook commit from Bowie High School has the total package. She caught my eye when she drained a long 3 with real nice form. She is long and athletic with a quick first step that gets her halfway where she wants to go. She made some nice moves in traffic and finished with a soft touch. I am interested in seeing her more during her senior season. I expect Bowie to make an appearance at the RAC at UMBC.
Maya Horne, 2015, 5'5" Guard, Baltimore Lady Lions
This 5'5" guard played some real defense, getting her hands on a lot of balls and she used her athleticism to disrupt the other team. She is a fierce competitor and showed some offensive skills as well. We'll be looking to see if she can crack the rotation at Poly in the winter.
Tyana Custis, 2016, 6'3", center, Baltimore Lady Lions
This 6'3" lefty has a soft touch around the basket. What I like most about her is how she patrolled the lane. She is a willing defender who seems to understand the help defense concept as she challenged almost every shooter that attacked the lane. She needs work on her offensive technique but there is a lot to work with. She could be overlooked playing at Loch Raven.
Alanica Bell, 2016, Guard, 5'6", Baltimore Lady Panthers
Very quick guard with a nice vertical. She attacks the hoop aggressively and scored pretty well in the paint. Didn't see her shoot much from the outside but she is deadly in transition. She finished much better than when I saw her during IAAM play at St. Frances.
Kephera Stokes, 2016, Guard, 5'7", Baltimore Lady Panthers
Kephera sports a lean and athletic build and looks comfortable handling the point and playing off the ball as well. She finishes with both hands and has a great first step. Her on ball defense is exceptional because she has solid footwork. Looking forward to watching her break out at Poly.
Morgan Simpson, 2017 Guard, 5'3" Fairfax Stars 14U
Morgan is a very impressive point guard. She was completely in charge of the offense and she has sick ballhandling skills. Her crossover can embarrass you if she catches you the right way. I loved the way she penetrated the lane and used that little frame to take the contact and still finish. She has great form on her jumper and a very soft touch. One of my new favorites.
Genesis Parker, 2016, guard, Fairfax Stars 15U Elite
Ms. Parker is a very smooth lefty who caught my eye. Very solid fundamentally and she threw some crisp, accurate passes. I only saw a few minutes of the game but she has a presence on the court that made me want to see more of her in July.
Alexis Jackson, 2015, Guard/wing, 5'7". Maryland Lady Shooting Stars 16U-Fuller
I didn't see any Meade games over the winter so I wasn't aware of Ms. Jackson. She is a good shooter with nice form and she finished effectively in traffic with contact. She has some nice moves and plays at a calm and measured pace. She is very gifted athletically so the game seems to come easy for her. I had a chance to chat with her briefly and she was refreshingly polite and respectful. I will check for her in July for sure.
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