Friday, April 27, 2012

Nina Davis helps Tennessee Flight win Boo Williams Title

With a 20-point first-half deficit looming over Tennessee Flight coach Tom Insell, his voice so far gone that his usual barbs came in the form of high-pitched cracks, it's hard to believe the coach and his team had much hope of coming back against the Metros in the semifinals of the Boo Williams Nike Invitational gold bracket. But somehow Insell held on to hope.

"You're never out of a game in travel ball," Insell said after his team's 76-64 victory over the Philly Belles-Maryland in the Boo Williams Nike Invitational gold bracket championship game. "Ninety percent of teams give up if they get down 20, but the game is so fast-paced you just need to get a couple of rebounds or stops and get yourself going." Read complete Hoopgurlz article  

Hoopgurlz evaluation from Boo Williams event: Nina Davis (TN Flight): Davis (Central), a 6-foot-1 forward from Memphis, Tenn., brings great versatility to the floor with her combination of size and athleticism. The No. 58 prospect in the HoopGurlz Super 60 has the ability to score around the basket with great effectiveness and did so throughout the weekend. She has the size and ability to attack the basket off the bounce or catch the ball inside and finish with either hand around the rim. Throughout the weekend, Davis was asked to defend taller and often bigger post players, and she rose to the challenge and managed to make things difficult for opposing team's post players. Her size mismatch on defense was an advantage on offense as she used her athleticism and foot speed to go around off the bounce and on occasion chase down the loose offensive rebound and earn her team a second-shot opportunity. Read all evaluations  

Blue Star Media evaluation from Boo Williams event: Another eye catching addition to the Flight roster this spring is Nina Davis (Memphis, Tenn.) from the high profile program at Memphis Central High School. The 6-0 Davis has been a solid contributor and high profile prospect for several years now but seems primed and ready to make a statement this summer. Mother Nature has afforded the previously leaner built Davis some much need physical size and strength and she already appears comfortable putting them to use. Don’t mistake that for saying she’s heavy, she’s absolutely not but there’s some physicality now in place that’s going to make her a difficult match up for some opponents. Another changing aspect of her game is her inside-out versatility. Generally considered a perimeter player, she is providing quality minutes at the small forward spot and doing so effectively. The ability to create off the dribble is sharper than most small forwards and her first step challenges bigger defenders. While her perimeter shot is still not a strength it has evolved and could be a threat if she can connect from the elbows just enough to keep defenders honest. Defensively she’s able to use her quickness against opposing bugs and rotates quickly as help from the weak side. There seems to be a growing interest on the college level in the swing player who can be productive both on the wing or in the small forward spot. Davis may well be suited to fill that kind of role. It’s an important summer in front of her in many ways. Read all evalutations

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