Covering Prospective Student-Athletes in the SouthEast US and beyond
2015 FHSAA Class 1A State Championship –
Not a great game from a fan or an excitement standpoint. It was a low scoring contest filled with missed shots and turnovers. Wildwood dominated the boards 46 to 22 but their 22 turnovers and 15-49 from the floor doomed them. Freeport gabbed a 6 point lead in the 4th quarter and behind a huge Megan O’neal 3 pointer, then nursed their lead causing Wildwood to foul. Freeport hit on 9-10 FT’s in the 4th quarter to seal the deal. There were a few underclassmen worth mentioning.
Megan O’Neal – 5’6 2016 Shooting Guard – Megan’s game has progressively improved from the time 3 years ago when I first met her. The first time I ever saw her she looked like a deer in the headlights, scared to do anything but catch and shoot. In today’s state championship game, Megan scored on some spectacular drives to the basket. The reality is she will mostly be used as a shooter in college, but her game is evolving, the mark of a dedicated and passionate player. Megan has the chance to play at a smaller D-1 but my guess is she will join her sister Katie at the University of West Florida.
Kari Niblack – 6’1 2018 F/Wing – Despite losing the game, she was clearly the best prospect on the floor for either team. She’s got an athletic, but strong frame and has an explosiveness reserved for elite caliber athletes. She gets up on rebounds and turn around jumpers. She is well spoken and talks on D, leading her team both verbally and non-verbally. She can finish but needs more polish and she is showing signs of being able to play on the perimeter. She currently does not play AAU, so that may hinder her recruiting a little bit, but college coaches should take note, she’s a future D-1 player.
Ashtin Ingram – 6′ 2019 Wing – Doesn’t have the handle yet to really be considered a guard but can shoot the 3 ball. She’s very skinny and frail, but if she fills out, could be a nice prospect because of her length. Has a lot of work to do, and needs to get stronger but she’s a potential small D-1 player.
Briana Rushing – 5’11 2017 Forward – An interesting prospect. Played extremely well in the 4th quarter and has the body and athleticism for D-1. What she lacks is skill. She’s most likely a future Florida juco player, but with real skill development could make it to a small D-1 school.