"The older girls are being very good mentors for the younger girls. Crowds are being very supportive and it's a positive environment".The league is truly an awesome environment of competition, exposure, MENTORSHIP and SUPPORT.. This event has truly grown beyond basketball.. Speaking of exposure Jackson State Community College was in the building to check out Week 2. Plus I recorded the games to give me an additional opportunity to evaluate the players.
Sophomore forward Manaya Jones (Raleigh-Egypt) continues to impress me. This week she displayed a different side of her game. She showed that she can get the ball to teammates if defense collapses on her. The most impressive skill set she displayed was her ability to deflect passes and get steals. Plus, she can aggressively clean up the boards. She had 9 rebounds for the game.
As I was watching the recording of the games, there were a couple of players that made me say who is that. These players just seem to always be around the basketball doing the little things. Sophomore Sydney Malone (Houston) is a guard/forward. Because she is a lefty, it throws defenders off. Plus, she knows how to use her body to shield the ball while attempting shots in the post. She actively gets rebounds, steals and can block shots. Plus, she can transition to a shooter on the perimeter and slasher to the basket.
Kynadi Kuykendoll (Snowden) is another active 7th grader guard. She is a young player, however, I see the potential. She can handle the basketball. She is not afraid to crash the boards. She is small yet strong enough to cause tie ups and she has anticipation skills.
|California's Emanye Robertson, Jayla Hemingway, Maia McCoy (l to r)|
|Notre Dame's Alyssia King and Margy Westbrook (l to r)|
Another young player I plan to keep my eye on is 8th grader Kylie Loadholt (MHEA). She is tall in height, yet tiny in size, but she seems to always be around the basketball.
This week several of the older players will be taking the ACT test. I would like to extend a good luck to them and a reminder to get some rest on Friday night.