Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012 Fall Exposure League Week 2 Recap

Another Exciting Day of Basketball! The match ups were competitive. The atmosphere and fan support was great.  This is Memphis Girls Basketball!

Don't Call It a Comeback

Madison Luckett
It's great to see Madison Luckett back on the court. My first introduction to Madison was in the Inaugural Pre-Season Show Off Camp in 2009. My evaluation of her was "can not be left open because she is automatic from short range". She is a 6'1 forward at St. Benedict and still automatic scoring 7 points this week.

 Last November, during the third game of the season, she injured her knee (ACL) forcing her to miss the rest of her junior year. As they say, sheeee baaaack! She participated with her summer travel team (Team Memphis Elite-Daniels) during July and now using the Fall Exposure League to further her conditioning for the high school season. Madison is already academically qualified with a 20 ACT score and working hard to be able to play at the next level. Welcome back, Madison!

Sister Act

The Fall Exposure League is quite unique. In the Week 1 recap, I mentioned the variety of players participating from public schools, private schools and even home schooled. The league is also unique for the amount of siblings participating. Last season, the league had two sets of twins with Briarcrest sophomores Elise & Brynn Holden and Germantown sophomores Breanna & Brittany Cowans. Read the story here. Both sets of twins are back participating in the league this year with a season of high school basketball and another summer of travel basketball experience. Their growth and maturity as players is showing.

This season 2 sets of sisters have joined the league also. We have guard Sydney Malone, 9th grader at Houston High, and Jasmine  Malone,  an 8th grader at Schilling Farms. Sydney Malone had a great first week performance scoring 14 points in a variety of ways - running the floor for layups, off short jumpers, stick backs after rebounding. Little sister, Jasmine is an unafraid developing point guard who can score if left open.

Torri &  Gigi Lewis
Before it's all over, the parents of MHEA guards Victoria "Torri" Lewis and Gabriella "Gigi" Lewis will probably get to know quite a few college coaches. Torri Lewis is already on the ESPN Hoopgurlz Watch list for 2015 class and well known nationally as a college prospect. She has such swagger in her game and she travels with her own basketball. She is a good ball handler with deceptive 1on1 moves and has great court awareness. And don't leave her open because she is draining the outside shot. By the way, Gigi is a 7th grader and you don't want to leave her open either. You may want to add Gigi Lewis to your watch list for 2018.

No Diggity, No Doubt

St. Mary's Kaylan Pugh is a prolific scorer. She scored 45 points in a game as an eighth grader with the varsity team and scored 47 as a freshman in addition to scoring over 30 points multiple times each year. This young lady already has a strong college ready body at 5'10. She is extremely versatile with the abilities to run point and strong enough to post up in paint. She loves to use moves to get into the paint for easy buckets where she is strong enough to take contact, make the shot and get to the line. Only a sophomore. I'm eager to watch her development of the next couple of years.   

Games of the Week

The Fall Exposure League gives players an opportunity for extra conditioning in game situations, to display new skills developed during the off season and of course--bragging rights. The first thing is definitely displayed  in the Week 2 Games of the Week.

Game 1 - Stanford vs Baylor

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Game 2 - UConn vs Notre Dame

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