CCBC-Essex head coach Mike Seney and his staff put together their annual JUCO jamboree which featured 16 programs from the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast. Multiple college scouts from Divisions I, II and III showed up to evaluate some new prospects or follow up on some players on their radars.
It’s a quality event because the facility features three side by side courts with excellent sightlines from almost everywhere. There was plenty to see, with different levels of talent on the courts. The event started on time, provided mostly accurate rosters and ran smoothly. Here’s a look at some of the players that caught my attention during the first two sessions.
Paige Smith, Guard, Frederick Community College– I’ve been a fan of Paige’s since I saw her lighting it up in a playoff game for Williamsport High a couple of years ago. She has the ability to score from anywhere on the court, due to ball handling skills and shot making ability. She has range way past the three-point line and knows how to create space. She took the JUCO route in pursuit of her dream to play D1 ball.
Kayla Cabbagestalk, Guard/Wing, CCBC- Catonsville– It was good to see “KC” in action, doing what she does. Her calling card has always been her defense, and she didn’t disappoint on that end of the court. She uses her length and footwork to frustrate ball handlers, and contests without fouling. She made some shots and looked comfortable running some point guard when necessary.
Dasia Townes, Guard/Wing, CCBC-Catonsville– Fresh off a stint at VCU, “Stix” is back on the court and is ready to make an impact at another D1 sometime in the near future. She played with tenacity all day and showed off her defensive prowess, guarding multiple positions and crashing the boards.
Heather Middleton, Forward, CCBC-Essex– Heather was probably the best shooter in the gym. She’s always been a sniper, but now she’s in a program that encourages her to jack up shots and that’s what she does. She has great size and a quick release and that was on display today. I expect to have multiple games this season with five or more made threes like she did last season.
Alana Powell, Guard, CCBC-Essex– Impressive guard that showed off both scoring and playmaking ability. She has deceptive speed and good upper body strength that allows her to get her shots off.
Ashley Dickey, Guard, CCBC-Essex- Ashley brought her usual intensity and high motor into the jamboree and I would expect nothing less. She was creating havoc on defense, and slashing and getting into the paint on the other end. She is super athletic and has three level scoring ability. Multiple D1 schools are in pursuit.
Monae Herman, Wing, Prince George’s County CC– First player that caught my eye on the day. Bouncy wing that was all over the court filling up the stat sheet. She played with a lot of confidence on offense, attacking the rim with a quick first step or shooting pull ups over smaller players. She’s an exceptional athlete with long arms and good footwork, which she used to frustrate ball handlers.
Jai’Den Anderson, Guard/Wing, Prince George’s County CC– Her size, length and explosiveness really jumps out at you. She was very active around the basket, coming up with extra possessions for the team by crashing the boards and chasing down loose balls.
Lania Nick, Guard, Howard Community College– Big guard with one of the best shots in the area. She showed off her range and quick release by knocking down some catch and shoot threes. That’s her specialty but she can put it on the floor, and she’s a good rebounder.