Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deja Faulkner, Justice Martin, Shandricka Sessom shines at Adidas Memorial Tournament

Prentice Beverly of was in Franklin, TN at the Adidas Memorial Showdown tournament to check out the talented young ladies participating. He was impressed with a couple of Mid-South players including Middleton High's Deja Faulkner, H.W. Byer's Justice Martin and  Byhalia High's Shandricka Sessom.

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 Deja Faulkner 6-0, Team Po Po 14U, 2015

 If you're looking for an athletic all-around player that plays the game the way it is supposed to be played, then the 6-0 Faulkner is your prospect. She has a solid body with long arms that take up space in the lane. Faulkner plays a very aggressive game at both ends of the court. She has a nice low-post game and finishes well in the paint or gets to the line where she is a good free-throw shooter. Faulkner also showed that she has a smooth face-up game. She used her long arms and good leaping ability to dominate the boards and push the ball up the floor. Defensively, Faulkner defended the low post and perimeter extremely well with a fearless, reckless abandon, blocking several shots. Faulkner has a tremendous upside a BCS caliber prospect.

Justice Martin 5-10, Mississippi Glory Holly Springs, MS, 2013
Martin has a college-ready body and the competitive fire to go along with her versatile game. From tipoff to the final horn Martin was constantly on the attack. Offensively she used her ball handling skills to create space to knock down the three pointers.  In the half court sets Martin was a beast in the low post scoring using a variety of moves which included a nice up-and-under and some well-timed spin moves. She used her face up game to stroke several mid-range jumpers as well attack off the dribble.  Defensively, Martin defended on the block quite well holding off taller opposing players. She also showed the ability to defend on the perimeter.  Martin did a great job communicating at both ends of the court. Martin has a nice game with DI talent.

Shandricka Sessom 5-9, Mississippi Glory Byhlia, MS, 2014

While walking from court to court looking for a game to watch I received a tip from a friend to stop and checkout number 3 from the Mississippi Glory and honestly it was more than a tip. Number 3 turned out to be Shandricka Sessom, an extremely athletic guard with the ability to play multiple positions. She is a sleeper BCS prospect with the total package. Sessom's game reminds me of a young Tamika Catchings all the way down to her athletic frame. Sessom played with a motor that wouldn't quit, wasn't afraid to dive for loose balls and she ran the floor like a gazelle. Sessom was really smooth handling the rock in transition with a nice change-of-direction dribble. She showed off her well- rounded game posting up, attacking off the bounce, facing up and knocking down the mid-range jumper. Sessom was just as comfortable on the wing; she used her ball handling skills and nice spin move to score in the paint. She has a really soft touch from 10 to 22 feet. Sessom rebounded really well, grabbing the ball from its highest point. Defensively, Sessom creates havoc for opposing players by jumping the passing lanes and either finishing off the break or creating for her teammates. She is an excellent on-ball defender and showed the ability to defend multiple positions. Sessom has the rare trait of being a super athletic with a fundamentally sound game. She is truly the total package.

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