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Diamond State Classic

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Clockwise L-R – 2018 Mikayla Markham; of St. Rose (NJ); 2020 Dania Cannon of Cape Henlopen (DE); 2018 Gabby Connolly of Ursuline (DE); 2020 Kateri Poole of Msgr. Scanlan (NY); 2017 Channel Williams of Msgr. Scanlan; 2019 Alisha Lewis of Ursuline (DE)

Wilmington, DE – The Diamond State Classic is one of the longest running marquee High School basketball events in the country. Like other marquee events this event is well run and has some top tier talent.  The thing that really separates it though is the local spectator attendance.  As you can see in the Gabby Connolly picture, the place was packed for both Ursuline vs Redondo Union and St. Elizabeth’s vs Roland Park.  That atmosphere was great for the kids and the fans.

The top teams –

  1. Ursuline (DE) – More of a guard oriented team, Ursuline backcourt, dynamic duo ’18 Maggie Connolly & ’19 Alisha Lewis can both score the ball in a variety of ways.  They take pride as a team, like St. Rose who they play in the semifinals, in playing tough team defense.  Connolly and Lewis also get help from ’19 Yanni Hendley-Moccalla who helped create baskets with her effort.
  2. St. Rose (NJ) – In my opinion was clearly the top team at the event the first day. Interestingly they shot the ball as badly as they possibly could connecting on by my count 1  3 pointer in an offense that seemed centered on shooting as many 3’s as possible.  They still won by around 15 against a quality team with a D-1 and D-2 signee.  They are certainly susceptible to losing against a high scoring team if they shoot that way in the future.  Part of what made them dominant was the high motor of their players particularly Columbia University commit 2018 Mikayla Markham.  Lost to Ursuline in the Semi-Finals.
  3. Roland Park (MD) – Is a young team lead by Jeydah Johnson who is 1 of 2 seniors.  They have great athleticism and speed.  Mir McLean is one of the most athletic freshmen in the country and’19  Ja’Niah Henson and ’20 Rain Green do a great job of pushing the ball in transition.
  4. Ventura (CA) – Colorado signee Aubrey Knight leads a young team that is well coached.  They move the ball well and do a good job finding Knight in positions where she can score.  Jazmin Carrasco is a solid 3 point shooter who delivers the ball.
  5. Msgr. Scanlan (NY) – Have all the tools to be a great team, but as young as Ventura is, Scanlan is even younger.  They should be considered as a team of the future.  Channel Williams is a tough unsigned senior and many of her young teammates are going to be D-1 signees of varying degrees.

Top Signed Seniors –

Addison Kirkpatrick – Cumberland Valley (PA) – Lincoln Memorial
Ellyn Stoll – St. Rose (NJ) – NJIT
Aubrey Knight – Ventura (CA) – Colorado
Jeydah Johnson – Roland Park (MD) – LIU Brooklyn
Alexandra Pendergrass – St. Rose (NJ) – Manhattan

Top Unsigned Seniors –

Alanna Speaks – 5’10 W – St. Elizabeth’s (DE)
Channel Williams – 5’3 PG – Msgr. Scanlan (NY)
Svannah Page – 5’8 W – Ventura (CA)

Top Underclassmen –

Dania Cannon – 5’5 CG – 2020 – Cape Henlopen (DE) – The best player on a small beach community team.  Cannon is a nicely built guard who has some body control and good instincts.  She displayed good perimeter skills, played with confidence and scored around the basket.

Mikayla Markham – 5’6 PG – 2018 – St. Rose (NJ) – Was my favorite player to watch at the event.  Her motor was contagious, which made the game that much more enjoyable.  On offense she attacked the rim aggressively, helping to draw in defenders.  Even though her team didn’t make many 3’s on this day, she created plentiful opportunities.  As we would call them at Marshall….scoring area passes.

Luciana Thomas – 5’11 F – 2018 – St. Rose (NJ) – Was probably my 2nd favorite player to watch at the event.  A real work horse and blue collar worker.  My first impression was that she was an undersized and not super lean and athletic.  Then St. Rose started missing 3’s.  Thomas went to work, grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring put backs. She also finished around the basket consistently and worked hard offensively getting in good position.  Committed to Monmouth.

Kateri Poole – 5’10 CG – 2020 – Msgr. Scanlan (NY) – Physically strong thick guard with athleticism Poole’s upside is through the roof.  She gets to the rim any time she wants and her handles are top notch.  One of the top long term prospects at the event.

Kayla Morris – 6’2 Post – 2020 – Msgr. Scanlan (NY) – Morris still has a long way to go to be an elite player, but she’s got the tools to get there.  She’s got good hands and rebounds well.  Her height and athleticism allow her to gets block shots and she does a good job of finishing put backs.

Alisha Lewis – 5’7 PG – 2019 – Ursuline (DE) – Lewis was a stock riser at the event, a player I previously liked at She Got Game but looked better on this viewing.  Lewis scored in a variety of ways and was also really good about making good decisions with the ball.  Her handles and speed allowed her to drop dimes and kick out to open shooters, specifically Connolly.

Maggie Connolly – 5’8 CG – 2018 – Ursuline (DE) – The Princeton commit, was clicking on all cylinders back home in Delaware, knocking down multiple 3s and did a good job as did all the Ursuline guards at moving the ball to the open player.

Anna Johnson – 5’9 CG – 2020 – Redondo Union (CA) – The top unsigned prospect from California, Johnson is a slender wiry guard, who can play both the 1 and 2.  Poised she lead her team like a senior and knocked down a few 3 balls.

Mir McLean – 5’10 F – 2020 – Roland Park (MD) – Plays like she’s on a pogo stick.  She can really jump.  Had a few impressive offensive rebound putbacks but truly showed off her leaping ability on a blocked shot, documented on @NYGHoops twitter feed.  As she gets older, she will need to develop more guard skills, but she’s still considered a top player at her age.

Rain Green – 5’6 PG – 2020 – Roland Park (MD) – One of the top freshmen PG’s in the DMV and even nationally, Green is a great distributor, explosive, good body control and even hit a 3 ball or 2.

 

 

 

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