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Saturday, October 31st
120 players from Richmond, Virginia to Long Island, New York registered for the first Next Sports Phenom Combine presented by 695Hoops. The group was made up of players who wanted to prove themselves and make a name, and players with established reputations. We had one 4th grade phenom, several seniors looking to shore up their recruiting situations and many others in between.
I am going to blog more at a later date about the event in more detail, but here is a look back at 35 players I was able to watch live or via the live stream recordings. With 120 players it's impossible to see them all but I am making an attempt to.
The Next Sports Phenom Coaches All Star Selections:
|Tian Addison (2019)||Synia Johnson (2020)|
|Ny'Sja Bradford (2017)||Ny'Jayah Lockwood (2016)|
|Dajahnae Brannon (2019)||Kayla Liles (2016)|
|Megan Callahan (2017)||Briana Mayfield (2016)|
|Harmony Davidson (2017)||Kiara Mccoullough (2019)|
|Sha'lynn Hagins (2019)||Alexis Moore (2017)|
|Jaelyn Harris-Caple (2018)||Makenzie Pollard (2018)|
|Hope Evans (2020)||Tierra Preston (2018)|
|Bria Gates (2016)||Chanise Ray (2016)|
|Kayla Hartfield (2016)||Candis Taylor (2016)|
|Alayna Harris (2020)||Paris Thompson (2016)|
|Autumn Hopson (2017)||Briana Ward (2016)|
|Theda Jackson (2016)||Tae'lor Willard (2019)|
|Kiyana Jefferson (2019)|
Kiyana Jefferson, Lancaster Catholic, 2019 guard.
Kiki is a very versatile guard who can slide down to play on the wing as well. She has a great handle and played with a lot of poise. She was the most versatile player in the showcase and one of the top 3 overall. At 5'11" she is a problem for most guards because she can see over them and she will crash the boards and post up. I love how she shows up everywhere to compete with the best.
Briana Ward, Old Mill, 2016 center.
Briana is a unsigned senior and she played with a sense of urgency all day. She did what she was supposed to by rebounding, patrolling the paint effectively and scoring around the basket. She can help a college program looking for a post so she should come off the board sooner than later.
Kayla Liles, McDonogh, 2018 guard.
Kayla was arguably the best player at the showcase. She stood out in every aspect. She handled the ball and directed traffic with confidence. She is a big guard with speed and an excellent IQ and feel for the game. She recognizes mismatches and takes advantage right away. She scored when she wanted to and dished off when necessary. She should have a break out season in the IAAM.
Jaelyn Harris-Caple, Trinity Episcopal, 2018 guard.
Jaelyn has been impressive the last couple of times I saw her and she did not disappoint this time out. Jaelyn is a scorer and it comes naturally to her. She is a tough guard physically and she does not shy away from contact in the paint. She can handle the point and play off the ball as well. She was an all star selection.
Hope Evans, Benjamin Tasker Middle, 2020 point guard.
Hope was selected as an all star after turning in a stellar performance in her two games. She played at a fast, but controlled pace and made good decisions. Hope showed the ability to make shots and create for others. She has a very mature presence for her age.
Megan Callahan, Stonewall Jackson, 2017 combo guard.
Megan earned an all star bid by showing off her offensive prowess. She scored in a variety of ways and made some nice passes too.
Jamiere Jefferies, Clarksburg, 2016 forward.
Jamiere is a super athlete who plays bigger than 5'9". She had the highest vertical measurement at the combine and she used that during the games. She made several nice drives to the basket and finished well. She was a spark on both ends of the court for her team. She was a strong candidate for the all star game.
Synia Johnson, MBA, 2020 guard.
Synia keeps raising her profile with outstanding showcase performances. She came off the bench and sparked her team by providing instant offense in their first game. Her consistent play earned her an all star appearance.
Ny'Jayah Lockwood, Oakland Mills, 2016 guard
Ny'Jayah is a strong and physical guard with a knack for scoring. She is a quick jumper that can really get off the ground so she is a match up problem. Smaller guards have no chance at stopping her and she is too fast for bigger players. She was an all star selection and should be in contention for Howard County player of the year.
Lillian Harris, Columbia Ravens, 2020 forward/center. It's easy for players like Lillian to get overlooked in these type of showcases. Guards dominate the ball so opportunities can be limited. Lillian had a good showcase. She rebounded, set picks and showed good footwork in the paint.
Hailey Morris, Cap City Ballerz, 2021. Hailey showed off her 3 point range and made some slick, precise passes in traffic.
Ny'Sja Bradford, Coppin Academy, 2017 point guard. "New York" is tough lefty guard that can get to the rack and finish. She is what you call a floor general. She is a coach on the court and can knock down perimeter shots too. She was an all star pick.
Bria Gates, Meade, 2016 point guard. Tough, physical guard that can score and defend. She could be a nice contributor if she makes a good college choice.
Sha'Lynn Hagans, Osborn Park, 2019 point guard. This was my first time seeing Ms. Hagans and she lived up to her reputation. She has a good IQ, athleticism and an exceptional handle. Looking forward to seeing more of her.
Aleah Nelson, McDonogh, McDonogh, 2019 guard. Aleah was her usual explosive self on the court. She drained 3's, finished inside and caused havoc on defense.
Harmony Davidson, Osborn Park, 2017 point guard. Harmony is a well built guard that can take a bump and still finish. She earned an all star bid for her efforts.
Autumn Hopson, Patriot High, 2017 guard/forward. Autumn used her speed and instincts to get easy baskets in transition. She also simply went around or jumped over people to score. Excellent showcase which led to an all star selection.
Alayna Harris, York Lady Raiders, 2020 wing. Alayna is one of my favorite players from the I83 area. She blocked shots and scored with some of her patented slashing moves to the hoop. She crashed the boards as well.
Briana Mayfield, Arundel, point guard, 2016. Briana had a solid day. She dished out assists and provided leadership when needed.
Sydney Kennard, Bishop O'Connell, 2018 wing. Sydney is a smooth lefty with some size. She made some nice coast to coast moves and finished well at the rim.
Tian Addison, St. Vincent Palloti, 2019 guard.
Tian showed off her range by draining some long 3's. She ran the point efficiently and locked up on defense. She was an all star selection.
Candis Taylor, New Town, 2016 guard. Candis had a strong showcase. At 5'8" she has good length and speed and had no problem creating space to get shots off.
Sunshine McCrae, East Pennsboro 2019 center/forward. Sunshine is an excellent post prospect. She showed some good footwork and went hard on the glass. She is a legit 6 foot plus and has skills.
Makenzie Pollard, Milford Mill, 2018 wing. Makenzie earned an all star spot at the combine by stuffing the stat sheet. She made plays all over the court all day.
Dajanhae Brannon,Harrisburg, 2019 forward. She had a very good showcase. Showed some leadership and helped the team in different ways by working on both ends. She was rewarded with an all star selection.
Teirra Preston, 5'11" center, Central York. Teirra made the all star team by hustling, rebounding and defending all day. She scored off put backs and knocked down jumpers. Very impressive day.
Chanise Ray, 2016 point guard, Mt. Vernon. Chanise played well. She set up teammates with nice passes and scored some buckets too. She knows how to run a team.
Claire Neff, 2020 guard, MD Belles.Claire is an outstanding 3 point shooter and she proved it by knocking down shots. She has excellent size at 5'10" and can play both guard spots. She is probably the most enthusiastic kid in the entire DMV when playing ball.
Trinity Sumrall, 2018 point guard, Hempfield High. Trinity played very well. She shot the mid range jumper well, she penetrated and dished and make several good defensive plays. Very promising player.
Amani Ball, St. Vincent Palloti, 2017 wing. Amani let the game come to her and she used her 5'10" frame to shoot over smaller players. She some nice post moves too.
Makayla Pollard, Milford Mill, 2017 wing. Makayla dropped in a few mid range jumpers and put the ball on the floor effectively. You can see that she made the all star team.
Kiara McCullough, Courtland High, 2018 forward. Kiara shot the ball really well and played with a lot of energy. She was rewarded with an all star selection.
Natalie Lybrook, Mount Hebron, 2017 two guard. Natalie is an excellent shooter who doesn't need much room to launch her bombs.
Tae'lor Willard, Wakefield, 2019 point guard. Tae'lor was penetrating into the lane all day. She is speedy and has a great handle. She plays under control at all times and was an all star pick.
Theda Jackson, Oakland Mills, 2016 guard. Theda was a terror on defense, blocking shots and making hustle plays all day. She also knocked down some 3's en route to an all star selection.
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