695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
On Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Lisa Bodine of Blue Star Media brought her annual showcase to St. John's College High School in DC. This is an invitation only event, but a few hopefuls made some calls and talked their way in. 41 players from the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 participated in this one day event. There was also one rising 3rd grader (2024), Kiyomi McMiller, in the mix as well. Yes, a 3rd grader. The players were run through some drills and two on two scrimmages by former DC standout Yolanda Lavendar, Towson Universtity guard Domonique Johnson, Notre Dame guard Lindsay Allen and Richmond Spider Dazia Hall.
The parents were given an opportunity to engage in a panel question and answer sesssion with evaluators, recruiters and parents who have navigated the recruting circuit successfully. They were back in the gym in time to catch most of the action. The two on two session was particularly helpful for me to get a feel for the players. As you would expect, different players reacted in different ways in this environement. Some had trouble with certain drills, some did not seem to be aware that they were being evaluated, and others jumped right into everything with a vengeance.
Things we already knew...
Chloe Chapman sets the bar for pre high school point guards in the DMV area.
Team Sol's Elizabeth Martino is probably the best long range shooter in the 2020 class, maybe in a couple of others as well.
Amira Collins is a force inside. Her size and strength is now coupled with some skill as she looks more comfortable handling the ball in space.
Hannah Franklin is one of the top 3 ball handlers in the area.
Excellanxt Greer is hard to get around. I didn't see one guard who could consistently get around her. She brings it.
Elizabeth Martino, 2020
Amira Collins, 2018.
We got a good look at more Baltimore area players this time around. They did more than hold their own.
Makayla Pippin, 2018. (Below)
She immediately attacks people physically. At 6'1 she is aggressive and thrives off contact. She is a post player now but she is very comfortable pushing the ball from coast to coast and she even showed off her outside shot as well. If she can punish you she will.
Nia Clouden, 2018.
Her handle is solid with both hands and she can knock down pull up threes in transition. I love her hang time and the way she can use that to make circus shots in traffic. She has long arms and she does not back down on the defensive end.
Jasmen Walton, 2018.
She is an athletic combo guard that can help a team in many ways. She knows the game and she knows how to attack her opponent's weaknesses. She scores, rebounds, sets up teammates and defends multiple positions. If somebody on the other team gets hot she will take the assignment regardless of position.
Janiah Henson, 2019.
She has all the tools. She can shoot, she can handle, she can pass. With a three inch growth spurt she'll be a major problem.
Players I didn't know about but want to see more...
Jakia Turner, 2019. (Below)
A well known high school coached walked up to me and said "Jakia Turner is the real deal." At the end of the day I agreed. She was listed at 6'0" and has a polish to her game that stands out. She in an athletic and long lefty that can finish with both hands. I had to ask her if she was left handed because she uses her off hand so well. This is a very talented prospect.
Jayla James, 2019. (Below)
She is 5'9" and solidly built. She used her body well to ward off defenders while attacking the rim.
Asia Deal, 2018.
She gets where she wants to go. She was in the middle of a lot of action and she's not afraid to mix it up.
3rd grader Kiyomi McMiller held her own with the big girls.
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