Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 Fall Exposure League Week 2 Recap

Another great week of THE LEAGUE. Ron McClain, the league's Head Ref, said it best on Facebook.
"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)

 The most impressive thing I witnessed was the transformation of California. In Week 1, California could barely score. Week 2 - California was ready.  Junior guard Emanye Robertson (White Station) continued her aggressive style of play leading the team in scoring with 15 points while finishing 7 for 7 from the free throw line. Junior guard Maia McCoy (Whitehaven) displayed her athleticism, her ability to make jump shots and her ability to get to the basket aggressively. She scored 9 points while finishing 3 for 3 from the line. Seventh grader Jayla Hemingway (Schilling Farms) displayed how she took last year's Pre-Season Show Camp over with her basketball skills. She is an aggressive player that plays off a high level of energy.

Notre Dame's Alyssia King and Margy Westbrook (l to r)
Senior Alyssia  King (Senatobia)  had a second straight 11 point game for Notre Dame. She is a fast lefty point guard who loves to get to the basket in a half court set. Senior forward Margy Westbrook (Fayette Academy) made her first appearance in THE LEAGUE this week. The slender 5'10 post moves extremely well around the basket, has nice hands and can get rebounds.  Another player making her debut this week was Louisville's Dominique Baker (Olive Branch). She is quick with the ball and a very mature point guard.

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.

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