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Charlotte – The Providence Day Super Scrimmage is a long standing event which generally features a nice variety of some of the better high school teams in North Carolina. This year’s addition had 24 teams, including TRC Academy from Ontario, Canada. I was able to evaluate over 50 players who have the ability to play scholarship college basketball.
The top 5 teams (In alphabetical order) –
In fairness to all, I did not see Butler or Forestview, but I thought there were 8 schools that have an argument for being in the top 5 and a number of others who were very good HS teams.
Carolina Day School – Hard to pick against CDS, as they were the only school to beat TRC on a controversial last second buzzer beater. They have a senior PG – Post combination in Ralene Kwiatkowski and 6’4 Halei Gillis who are both headed to Fordham. Junior Maleeah Flagstaff is a 5’10 bouncy inside-outside threat with some guard skills. They also have 5’7 freshmen Annabelle Schultz & Kasey Kidwell is a 5’8 junior with some D-1 potential.
Heritage – May have been the breakout team at the event. As good as they were, they are almost all Sophomores and Juniors. Lead by Demi Washington, they have a number of other solid players including athletic guards Alissa Smalls & Alcenia Purnell. Soph Alana Brown does some nice things and sophomore wing Cydney Johnson is a competitor with a high motor.
Providence Day – The host school, had probably the best inside/outside combo in Kennedy Boyd and Janelle Bailey. 3 freshmen have big roles, but those freshmen have talent, plus they have an excellent coach in Josh Springer and all those resources to be a big time HS program.
Rocky River – Lead by senior SG Ariana Nance who is an absolute steal for Elon (hats off to the Elon staff for landing such a prime time player), Rocky River has a nucleus poised for a great season. PG Courtney Meadows is an established PG. Andresia Alexander & Delayzah Dixon are poised for breakout seasons. 6’3 senior Cianie Jallah gives them some size inside.
TRC Academy – Absolutely loaded roster with arguably 7 or more D-1 prospects. There’s not many HS’s in the USA that can match the firepower of this private boarding school program. They have power 5 level D-1 starters at every position, many of whom are mentioned below.
Honorable Mention –
SW Guilford – Lost both games I watched so it’s hard to put them in the top 5 but USF Commit Lashonda Monk and junior Lauren Carter are legit.
Davidson Day – Any team with Maya Caldwell is going to be dangerous. Forward Parker Tompkins is headed to Furman and Anika Riley is a legit uncommitted combo guard.
Freedom – Have some inside – outside pieces lead by 2017 ECU commit Ariyana Williams. Although they have 15 players on the roster they don’t have much depth.
The Best Player People Outside of NC May Never Know About – Claudia Dickey – 5’10 PG – Charlotte Latin – This junior is already committed to UNC for soccer….for those who don’t know that’s like being committed to UConn in WBB. She was arguably one of the top 5 players in the gym on Saturday, playing with a calm, poised game despite having little help at Latin. Unfortunately for basketball fans, she’s an even better soccer player, although there was some talk that she might walk on with the Tar Heels.
Top Committed Seniors –
Janelle Bailey – Providence Day – UNC
Maya Caldwell – Davidson Day – Georgia
Hailey Brown – TRC – Michigan
Zaria Wright – First Assembly – Toledo
Kyra Davis – R-S Central – Campbell
Lashonda Monk – SW Guilford – USF
Ariana Nance – Rocky River – Elon
Ariyana Williams – Freedom – ECU
Halei Gillis – Carolina Day – Fordham
The Top Uncommitted Underclassmen Prospects –
Kennedy Boyd – Jr. – Providence Day – A silky smooth PG, Boyd plays with a cool confidence. She can stroke the 3 ball, get to the rim or get the ball to her teammate UNC Commit 6’4 Janelle Bailey. PD played arguably one of the toughest schedules and she routinely did a good job of guarding the other team’s best guard.
Aerial Wilson – So. – TRC Academy – Fundamental and strong, Wilson is an elite prospect at the PG position. Good handles, understands how to play off a ball screen, making the right reads most of the time. She was one of, if not the top prospect on a loaded TRC team.
Shaniya Jones – Jr. – Wesleyan – One of the most explosive players at the event. Jones knows how to change speeds and directions and can do so on a dime. She’s super athletic and fast, with a variety of efficient moves like a nice euro step and a strong spin move. She didn’t take many 3’s because she just doesn’t need to, in fact I only saw her shoot 1 and it looked good hitting nothing but net. Our highest rated player from Saturday. Plays the 1 but could potentially slide over to the 2.
Kendra Ross – Jr. – East Rutherford – Ross is unique in this category for a number of reasons. She’s a post player, she doesn’t have the ball in her hands a lot the way the first 3 do, and she’s not a dominating player in the same capacity that Boyd, Wilson and Jones are. That said she’s got a great frame, 6’3 athletic and strong. She hit three 3’s in the first half of the game I watched and she logged numerous minutes playing the 4 in a 4 out system. She’s a big time prospect who, if she learned how to crank up that motor could be a major recruit on the national stage.
Courtney Meadows – Jr. – Rocky River – Another PG, originally committed WVU, now uncommitted Meadows is an explosive lefty guard with good handles. One of her best attributes is her leadership abilities and how good of a teammate she is. She didn’t shoot it well in the game I saw and that maybe an area for improvement but make no mistake, Meadows is a Power 5 level recruit.
Arielle Wilson – Jr. – Northwood Temple – Wilson is very long and thin. At 6’6 she was the tallest player there. She has some developing guard skills including the ability to shoot the 3 ball although I have yet to see her knock them down consistently. The fact that she feels comfortable pulling them, makes me think if she continues to work at it, she can get good in that area. I’d like to see her play a little more on the inside, but she does things like grab defensive rebounds and take a dribble up the floor to find teammates for fast break opportunities. I watched her get a beautiful dime in transition. With her size it’s hard to deny she will be recruited at the high D-1 level.
Taya Hanson – Jr. – TRC Academy – A 5’10 combo guard, Hanson is fairly well known in recruiting circles having played for the Canadian U17 team this summer. She’s got great size and strength at the position, the versatility to play 1-3, and a great smooth stroke on her jump shot.
Top Uncommitted Seniors –
Destiny Williams – 6’1 Post – West Forsyth HS – Strong, physical post player, did a good job of walling up and even picked up a blocked shot or 2 by doing so. Did a good job on the boards and offensive rebounds lead to a few baskets.
Cianie Jallah – 6’3 Post – Rocky River – Long and athletic, Jallah didn’t put many points on the board the game I was focused on evaluating her team, but she showed flashes that she could eventually develop into a serviceable D-1 player.
Amaryah Corpening – 5’7 CG – Freedom – A solid PG with good size at the position. Heard she has offers at a few schools but is probably going to sign in the spring.
Teliyah Jeter – 6′ F – Legacy Charter – a long athlete, Jeter rips rebounds and displayed a competitive attitude vs PD…still raw she has a good upside.
Anika Riley – 5’8 CG – Davidson Day – A well built guard with size, Anika is an explosive athlete, decent handles and the ability to get to the rim. Good upside.
Younger Players Who Stood Out –
MiLeia Owens – Fr. – 5’5 CG – Providence Day – Good on ball defender, who does a good job of keeping the ball in front of her. Did a good job of feeding the post and knocked down a few 3 balls.
Makayla Ennis – So. – 5’10 W – TRC Academy – A long athlete who can play on the perimeter but does a good job inside the paint, Ennis was a good slasher and even better at pushing the ball in transition. She used her long arms in the half court, playing passing lanes and picking up steals.
Maleeah Flagstaff – Jr. – 5’9 W – Carolina Day School – When I first noticed Flagstaff, she was posting up strong, sealed her man and made a high level back to the basket move to score on a less athletic player. Flagstaff has some upside. She’s good shooting baseline jumpers and even though she needs to clean up her form a little bit she made a good number. She was also comfortable with the ball in her hands in transition and on the perimeter.
Jada Logan – So. – 5’8 PG – R-S Central – Logan connected with her post Kyra Davis a Campbell commit, on numerous baskets. Logan had good hands, good body control and overall was good with the ball. Got to the rim and finished or got the ball to Davis for an easy deuce. Already holds offers from some local D-1’s including Campbell, WCU, App St. and UNCG.
Delayzah Dixon – Fr. – 5’7 G/W – Rocky River – Nice mid range game, good finisher in transition…made a few transition layups with an elevated degree of difficulty. Developing handles, a good athlete with big upside.
Kendal Moore – So. – 5’6 PG – Northwood Temple – An explosive PG who can break her man down off the bounce, Moore used a variety of moves to score including a nice spin move away from a post player to finish with a floater, one of the top moves of the day. Likes to distribute the ball to open teammates. Good handles. One of the top new names to me in Charlotte.
Demi Washington – So. – 5’11 G/W – Heritage – Definitely one of the top breakout players at the event. Washington is an athletic slasher, with a great basketball build. Used a nice step back to knock down a baseline shot and hit some 3’s as well. On the cusp of being considered with some of the top Sophomores in the state.