Friday, June 19, 2009

Melissa McFerrin Hoop School High School Team Camp Report

Seventeen teams were at Melissa McFerrin's 2nd Annual HS Team Camp at the University of Memphis' Fieldhouse.

Ebony Hayes

The highlights of the morning included the Central-St. Benedict match up. Actually the most interesting feature of this game was not necessarily the game itself but who was playing in the game. Upcoming freshman Ebony Hayes was suited in Central green. It was thought that Ebony would be attending her area high school, Whitehaven, since she has been playing with them in summer league as recent as this past Tuesday. However, three days later, she was displaying how she could dominate a game pulling rebound after rebound, blocking shots and knocking down buckets with a sweet spin move on the block with Central. Aaliyah Whiteside ran the show demonstrating her point guard ability. Noticeably absent in Central green was Danielle Ballard.

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir and Bishop Byrne's Chereese Willington

The extremely warm side gym did not deter campers and visitors from getting a glimpse of the number 1 recruiting class in the Conference USA. Known in the camp as Team Tiger---the mixture of current Memphis Lady Tigers and local players from Bishop Byrne and Rossville gave a sneak peak of what's in store this fall. It was no secret who was Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. Outfitted in her attire of leggings and long sleeve shirt. She was displaying her quickness and 3 point shooting range.

Watch List

Here is a list of young ladies to keep an eye on this upcoming high school season.

Jalen O'Bannon

It was hard to miss upcoming Central sophomore Jalen O’Bannon. She has simply grown in size since last season. She is now listed around 5'11. She has point guard experience but with this leap of height may play between the 1-4 positions at Central.

Ridgeway's rising freshman, Odegua Oigubukie, is a monster on the boards and will fill a much needed void in the paint left by graduating seniors and transfers.

Fairley's rising freshman, Erica Watkins, brings much needed height and rebounding to a feisty Fairley squad.

Jasmine Settles

White Station's rising junior, Jasmine Settles, brings a lot of energy on offense and defense with 3 point range and anticipation skills.

Injury Report

Overton's Cortice "Big Baby" Golden recently had knee surgery and is expected to be off the court until late July.

White Station's Carnecia Williams was seen in a leg brace and will be getting additional testing next week.


  1. JALEN O'BANNON is AWSOME!!!!!!!!! I love to watch her play the game called basketball!! She's a natural!!!! When I watch her play, it looks effortless!!!! If only the game was that easy. But Keep On Doing what you're doing Jalen O'Bannon and help CENTRAL bring the GOLD home!!!!!!!!!!

  2. amber holmes 1 of da best players at lowrance

  3. Jalen O'Bannon should be in the starting line up. Anytime a 6th man comes off the bench with the height, ability, and agility, you have to wonder why they aren't in the starting line up. Encourage yourself Jalen and keep doing what you do. Alot of fans are wondering why you are number 6 especially as an upper classman.

  4. Jalen O'Bannon is one of the greatest female players in high school. I expect to hear great things about her in the near future. Way to go Jalen!


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