695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
August 6, 2016
Once again Lisa Bodine packed a gym in August with some of the top middle school prospects in the country. It was the 6th annual Rites of Passage showcase, or the "ROP" as it is known on social media. It's invitation only so you have to know someone. You can't know someone who knows someone, you have to know someone to get in.
This year it went down in Chantilly, Viriginia at a spot called the nZone. The set up was nice because there was seating for parents and it was air conditioned which is always nice in August. There were about 70 players at this year's event, and they all came to impress. With top evaluators like Brett Mccormick, Joe Fenelon and others in attendance the opportunities for exposure were real.
The girls were led through some stretching excercises by Team Sol's Roger Marshall and then drill stations by Lisa Willis, Yolanda Lavender and a host of D1 college players. After the drills the players took a break for lunch which was included in the experience, while parents participated in a Q and A session about the recruiting process. After the break the players seemed happy to conclude the drills and get into some game situations. They played some half court 3 on 3 and then some full court games. Here are just a few who did work at this year's ROP.
Participants pose for a group photo.
Lisa Bodine with Boo Williams
Future participants should come prepared to pay attention and stay focused. You do not want get a stern talking to by the Godmother.
Kaniyah Harris, 2020 guard
Kaniyah scored on everyone who was in front of her. A lot of players were taking difficult shots and almost making them. Kaniyah kept things simple and made most of her shots. She has become a very efficient scorer. She did most of her damage on drives to the rim and short jumpers and floaters in the paint. CH Flowers is getting a good one.
Sherese Pittman, 2021 wing
Sherese is a big time prospect. At 5'11" she runs the floor, finishes with both hands and can handle the ball in transition. She could probably help a couple of colleges right now.
Maniya Custus, 2020 point guard
Ms. Custis torched defenders all day. She has a sick handle and a vicious crossover. When she gets defenders back pedaling she just nails a pull up jumper. Contact on drives to the rim are not a deterrent, she still makes the shot. She threw some nice passes too. Fun player to watch.
Mir Mclean, 2020
I'm not even sure what position to list her as. In a matter of months she has become a different type of problem for defenders. She is no longer just grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring off put backs. She scored on drives to the rim, jumpers from the foul line area, and soft jump hooks.At one point she was waving off the point guard and bringing the ball up court herself. And just for good measure she shut down whoever she was guarding defensively. She should jump right into the Roland Park rotation this season.
Kaylah Ivey, 2020, Riverdale Baptist
Kaylah is a gifter scorer who has added a nice passing attack to her game. She is strong and hard to defend because she thrives on contact. She has a quick first step and a strong handle which puts defenders in "I need help mode". When that help comes she is finding teammates for easy shots.
Kemari Reynolds, 2020 guard
Jet quick guard that can handle with both hands.
Ja'Niya Quinerly, 2021 guard
Super athletic with killer instincts. She played with two other strong guards so she adapted and scored off the break and grabbed some offensive rebounds. When she got the ball she shot well and found open teammates.
Aurea Gingras, 2020 guard
Sharp shooting guard that moves well without the ball.
Caranda Perea, 2020 forward
The event featured a 3 on 3 half court game where dribbling was not allowed. No problem. At 6'1" she was able to move, catch and shoot over defenders. She shot the mid range well. Smart player that makes good things happen.
Azzi Fudd, 2021 Wing.
Excellent scorer. She has the size and hops to rise up and and shoot over smaller players. She has a nice array of jabs and hesitations that create space against bigger players. Everything looks natural while she's filling up the scorebook.
Eniyah Russell, 2020 Combo guard.
If she gets into the open court defenders have already usually lost the battle. Her speed, ball handling ability to score or set up teammates make her a serious threat. I think she was the best passer in the gym.
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