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695Hoops traveled to Stockton College in Galloway, New Jersey for the annual Basketball at the Beach college showcase. Player's Choice 1 organizes some of the better showcases on the east coast by placing a strong focus on networking with division II and division III colleges. This annual event usually attracts 120 teams from New England to the Maryland area. The concept is simple. The older teams play at Stockton College on Saturday and Sunday, two games each day. There is no pool and bracket play because it is a showcase and the thought is that if only pool winners advance coaches might feel pressured to shorten the rotation. Nobody wins in that situation. Stockton College is set up nicely with 4 courts in the main field house on their beautiful campus. There are two other courts side by side in the auxillary gym and the 8th and 9th graders usually play on those courts. The younger teams play in Ocean City, New Jersey at the Ocean City Civic Center and Ocean City high school which are next door to each other. Those locations are one block away from the Ocean City boardwalk so it is a nice event for families. Teams play two games each day with usually no long gaps in between games which makes planning your weekend easier. This year was no different as things ran pretty smoothly. We spent Saturday at Stockton College and a few stand out players caught our attention. We usually focus on the DMV players but this time we wanted to recognize some outstanding players regarless of their home state.
AMANDA CARNEY, FBC Defenders, 5'8" Combo guard
Amanda Carney of the FBC Defenders is a 2017 guard who looked comfortable at the point and two guard. She has a natural feel for the game and scored with ease from inside and out. She has a nice handle and used her body well to draw contact and finish. College coaches were disappointed that she was only a freshman but impressed as well. She attends Old Bridge high school.
ASHLEY DOWNS, BMORE HOOPSTERS, 2015, 5'11" forward
Ashley is a good finisher with a soft touch. Scored most of her points in the paint and plays at a calm and measured pace. Would like to see more of her in July.
DEBRIA HENDRICKS, BMORE HOOPSTERS, 2015, 5'4" point guard
Ms. Hendricks is a solid floor general. She makes good decisions and usually made the right play. She has a good basketball IQ and I like the step back jumper. She is a 2015 at Dallastown Area High School in central PA.
ALYVIA ESSEX, DM PANTHERS, 5'11", 2016 wing
Alyvia is a long, wiry two guard/ small forward. She made some nice shots from deep range and showed a decent arsenal of slashing moves. She has an impressive wing span and used her size well against smaller players. I wanted to see her play at a faster pace but only got to watch one game.
KENNEDI THOMPSON, MID ATLANTIC HEAT, 6'1" 2015, power forward
I was very impressed with Ms. Thompson. She has a wicked drop stop and can finish with both hands. She has a solid frame and is not easy to move once she gains position on the blocks. She throws excellent outlet passes and her ball handling in the open court was good. She should be an exceptional college player.
MEGAN FOOS, COACHES CHOICE LIGHTNING, 5'10", 2015, small forward
Megan is a solid shooter and a very good passer. She made big plays for her team at the right time. She carries a 4.0 gpa and is also a high level golfer. She is being recruited by some colleges with high academic standards.
KIERRA ADAMS, MD LADY TIGERS, 5'1", 2016, point guard
Kierra is very fast, with and without the ball. Her ballhandling is above average and she demonstrated that she knows how to run a team. She made a couple of nice finishes with contact and threw some highlight reel passes with accuracy.
KYAJA WILLIAMS, MD LADY TIGERS, 5'8", 2016, wing
Kyaja is an aggressive player who spent a lot of time in the lane on defense. She was willing to mix it up and got her hands on several loose balls and rebounds. She is long and lanky and I would like to see her challenge more shots as opposed to just holding her position and putting her hands up. If she develops her offensive skills she has potential to become a diamond in the rough at the next level.
DEJA MCKENZIE, BMORE HOOPSTERS, 5'11", 2015, wing
Deja was probably the most athletic player in the tournament. She has an impressive vertical leap and she is pretty fast. She runs the floor makes at least two spectacular plays every game. She has some nice turn around jumpers in the lane and she usually scores by just rising up over the defender. If she learns to consistently finish in traffic develops a three point shot she will excel at the next level. This is one to keep your eye on.
MORGAN HENDERSON, ATLANTIC CAPE WILDCATS, 5'6", 2016, shooting guard
Morgan is one of those players that you want on your team if you are playing pick up ball at the playground and you want to stay on the court all day. She is a natural scorer. She has a great first step and knows how to use different angles to get shots off in traffic. She plays with a lot of energy and racks up points quickly. She has strong academics so she will be a good addition to someone's college program.
TORI DIGGS, MD GRIZZLIES, 2015, 5'3", point guard
Tori is small but she knows how to use her body to finish through contact. She is not afraid to mix it up and get to the basket. She is a deadly 3 point shooter if left alone. She is comfortable at both guard positions and she is a good passer.
On Sunday we made the trip over the Ocean City to check out some of the younger teams. We saw an entertaining game between Crossroads of Northern Jersey and the Baltimore Starz. Both teams played hard and fast throughout the game with the Starz pulling away for the win.
NYCEARA PRYOR, BALTIMORE STARZ, 2022, 4'3", point guard
Nyceara is nicknamed Lil Mama. This little dynamic 4th grader dominated both ends of the court to lead her 5th grade team to a win over Crossroads. She score 20 points and had 11 steals as she displayed a very impressive feel for the game for her age. She is very competitive and is a blur on the court. She is very disruptive on defense as her speed is intimidating to less skilled players. The most impressive thing I saw was when her team was leading by 25 in the fourth quarter she kept penetrating at will and passing up easy shots so she could dish off to her teammates who had not scored yet. It will be fun to watch her grow up.
SYDNEY HINES, MD GRIZZLIES, 2015, 5'7'' two guard
Sydney is a exceptional athlete and she uses that to her advantage. She gets tremendous lift on her jumper and she is a very good 3 point shooter. She has started to attack the basket more aggressively lately and that has made her an even more potent scorer. She is capable of running the point as well but her strengths are playing off the ball. She is a strong student as well. She recently visited New Hampshire.
BRIANA STODDART, BASELINE NYC, 2015, 5'6" point guard
Briana is a high energy point guard who defends aggressively full court. She is a good shooter and I like the way she dribble penetrates. She is constantly probing the offense with her dribble to keep them off balance and and if there is a crack she will exploit it. She is an excellent ball handler and exceptional passer.
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