Covering Prospective Student-Athletes in the SouthEast US and beyond
Dallas, TX – The 2nd Annual EGBAAG was held at the WBB Final 4 as it was last year in Indianapolis. Like last year it brought together many of the top middle school players from around the country. Unlike last year, the games expanded from 3 games to 9 games, so there was even more talent on hand. With so much talent in the building and games being held on multiple courts, it was impossible to see everyone. I also had another obligation and arrived for the last 4 game times (2022 Black vs White, 2021 North vs South, 2021East vs West, 2021 Blue vs White)
Again let me be very clear, I did not see everyone. Of the players I did see these were the standouts and truth be told, there were so many good players, I took notes on almost every player that participated in the 4 games I saw. Many of them were players we’ve reviewed at other events this year –
London Jones – Cal Sparks – 5’6 PG – One of the most dominating players all day. Along with O’Mariah Gordon in the 2021 Games, the best PG under 5’7, that I saw. Her strength and explosiveness was amazing and her ability defensively on the ball was second to none. Elbert Kinnebrew’s Cal Sparks program has a very bright future with her on board.
Ashlyn Watkins – SC 76ers – 6’2 F/Post – I’ve seen Ms. Watkins at a number events in the past year including a number of InsiderExposure.com events. She is a beast down low and so explosive. She has active hands, works on defense and doesn’t let her man establish position on her. She had numerous deflections and steals as well as dominated the defensive boards. Huge upside, ultra athletic.
Isuneh Brady – SD intensity (CA) – 6′ F/Post – Great frame, built like a Power5/BCS level player already. Does a good job of running floor and can put the ball on the floor enough to drive to the basket and score.
Modesti McConnell – OK Lady Fire – 5’6 CG – We just reviewed Modesti at the Battle at the Hive, but she’s a very athletic guard with the ability to play the 1 or 2 positions. Can really stroke the 3 ball with consistency, nice handles and does a good job of really pushing the tempo especially in transition.
Timea Gardiner – NW Blazers (UT) – 6’1 F – High motor player who really hustles. Nice frame and well built especially for a 7th grader. Grabs defensive rebounds and pushes the ball up the floor. Nice face up game, from 10-15 feet. Did a solid job of shaping up on drives by her teammates, creating space for them to drive and dish.
Camille Jackson – IL Xcitement – 5’10 CG – I’ve seen Camille multiple times since InsiderExposure.com Jr All American Camp last year. She has to be one of the top players in the country in her class, maybe #1. Ultra explosive, athletic, good size for a guard and superb handles. Great work ethic on the court and it’s not surprising to hear the amount of time she spends working on her game. A real gymrat.
Mary McMorris – Vegas Bulldogs (NV)
Cierra Pearson – NJ Lady Titans (NJ)
Ariel Jackson – Brooklyn Stars (NY)
Shaniyah Nunn – AL Southern Starz (AL)
Kayla Beckford – NJ Sparks (NJ)
Samyah Smith – Club Not Listed (TX)
Karoline Striplin – AL Southern Starz – 6’2 Post – Good back to the basket, nice footwork and post moves for such an early age. Had a number of offensive rebound putbacks and did a good job in general of finishing around the basket.
Aziaha James – BWSL (VA) – 5’7 CG – I first noticed Aziaha on Saturday night during the open run 3 on 3 tournament. She caught my eye with good athleticism and handles, getting to the rim repeatedly. On Saturday in the EGBAAG, she again stood out as one of the best of the best. She’s a southpaw with good passing skills. I noted on 3 separate occasions something about her superb passing skills, once in transition and twice in the halfcourt. I also noted she has a nice floater in traffic that she used to score.
Kyndall Hunter – Houston Skyrise (TX) – 5’6 CG – Athletically strong guard, good range and shoots the ball cleanly. She displayed some nice speed with the ball and good passing skills.
Chaniya Clark – Florida Future – 6’2 Post – Big thick post player, Clark is a space-eater who has great hands and finishes well around the basket. She caught or rebounded almost every ball she touched.
Wynter Rogers – AR Mavs – 5’10 PF – Rogers is a player I’ve written alot about already and her career is really just starting. She’s not quite big enough to be a post on the next level and she’s starting to make some strides towards being a good perimeter player. What makes her stand out right now though is her strength. She has the ability to play inside and out. She scored in a variety of ways including on some fairly tough drives. Created space versus bigger players and that allowed her to get her shot off.
Skye Williams – TCB (OH) – 5’8 SG – Did a good job doing some blue collar things like defensive rebounding, taking a few dribbles up the court and finding someone in transition up the floor. She’s got good size for a guard and displayed an above average awareness on the court.
Chante Embry – OK Bombers – 6’1 F – Physically and athletically one of the strongest kids at the event. I first saw her at the Hive in OKC last year and while I didn’t see her there this year, I have followed her enough to know she’s easily one of the top players in the country in 8th grade. She’s a woman among girls and she has some guard skills. Comparing her to Lebron would not be too far off. Already committed to Oklahoma State.
O’Mariah Gordon – Florida Future – 5’5 PG – Arguably the #1 PG at the event, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Gordon 1 time, a few years back in Daytona. Even as a kid playing 2 years up with some of FGB’s best players like Reyanna Jones, she stood out. Over the last 2 years she’s grown and filled out just enough that she’s not considered tiny. While many players display nice handles, Gordon’s are on another level. That coupled with superb athleticism, court vision, and explosiveness allow her to do virtually whatever she wants with the ball. She’s unselfish and I’m sure her teammates on FL Future and settings like this really enjoy playing with her.
Ja’Naiya Quinerly – BWSL (VA) – 5’5 PG – Hard to stand out playing in the same game as Gordon, especially when you play the same position on the same team, but Quinerly managed to do just that. She’s a strong compact guard with nice handles who made good passes and used her body well. Did a nice job of making good decisions and overall would be considered a high IQ type player.
Aaliyah Moore – Cy-Fair (OK) – 6’1 W – Great size and athletic frame for a player with her inside/outside versatility. Tall long athlete with guard skills, she’s going to be a player we hear about every time she plays in a major event.
KK Bransford – Cincinnati’s Finest (OH) – 5’6 PG – 2022 but played in a 2021 game. Seems taller than 5’6, plays taller too. KK is already a well known name, although this was my first time seeing her in person. She’s very smooth with an athletic frame and uses some good handles to blow by defenders and get to the rim.
Kindyll Wetta – Colorado Basketball Club – 5’9 SG – Long athletic guard, fast in transition, did a good job of being an athletic finisher. Very explosive.
Caileigh Walsh – Rise As One (NJ) – 6’3 Post – Already an established post presence, Walsh displayed good footwork, good understanding of back to the basket moves and finished consistently around the basket.
NyKale Cramer – Lady Impact (OK) – 5’11 F – One of my favorite players in this class I first discovered NyKale last spring at the Hive and then watched her again at IE Jr. AA Camp. Her team is one of my favorite 2021 teams and I watched them play in OKC earlier this year. Kramer knows that at 5’11 her game must expand to the perimeter and she’s worked hard at becoming a perimeter shooting threat. She’s got 3 point range and is getting comfortable putting the ball on the deck. Her passing skills have improved and she’s always played with a really high motor. One of the tougher players I’ve seen in this class.
Jenna Walker – AL Southern Starz (AL) – 5’8 CG – Another player I was already really familiar with prior to the event. Jenna has the maturity both on and off the court that you would expect of a college level athlete. Well spoken and smart, Walker plays with those same type of attributes. She’s a good motor kid too, willing to take charges and do things not many players her age would do. Nice stroke on the long range 3’s. Good upside in an already developed game.
Caroline Ducharme – MCW Starz (MA) – 6′ SG – Great size and ability for a player of her age. She’s very smooth and the game comes easily to her or at least it appears to. Makes good decisions, has a good feel of when to score or create for her teammates. Unselfish and having fun competing on the highest level.
Jordaynia Ivie – St. Louis Eagles (MO) – 5’7 CG – Another InsiderExposure.com Jr All American Alumni, Jordaynia is an athletic guard already scoring on all 3 levels. Came out the gate with the first few baskets of the game and never looked back. Can score from deep 3 point range, nice handles, attacks the basket strong in transition. Plays with confidence and has a good understanding of how to score in each situation.
Alexis Babineaux – Houston Skyrise (TX)
Kayla Thomas – Team SOL (MD)
Alyssa Parmer – BTR (OK)
Katherine Peneueta – FAST (WA)
Naijah Vann – New Heights (NY)
Greta Kampschroeder – The Truth (IL)
Dominique Darius – Exodus (NY)
Taylor Bigby – Vegas Bulldogs (NV)
Jada Williams – Team Slink (TN)
De’Mauri Flournoy – FBC (GA)
Kendall Coley – North Tartan (MN)
Sanaii Wilson – City Rocks (NY)
Tylei Byrd – AR Banshees (AR)
Brianna O’Connor – Capital City Comets (OH)
Kylee Sheppard – Team Championship Behavior (OH)
Afia Owusu-Mensah – Team SOL (MD)
Shanice Simpson – Toronto Matrix (ON)
Jordyn Newsome – Nike CyFair Shooters (TX)
Raven Johnson – FBC (GA)
Mikaya Tynes – BWSL Norfolk Xpress (VA)
Kaylee Van Eps – Minnesota Fury (MN)
Aaronette Vonleh – FAST (OR)
Jada McCullough – Team Takeover (DE)
Zakia Rasheed – Best Choice (IN)
Gracee Smith – AR Banshees (AR)
Janay Outten – FL Future (FL)
A Few Familiar Faces I Wish I Saw But Didn’t –
Alexis Calderon – Cy Fair Shooters (TX) – 2021
Rori Harmon – Katy Rebels (TX) – 2021
Zoe Jackson – Cy Fair Shooters (TX) – 2021
Taylor Woodhouse – AR Banshees (AR) – 2021
Genesis Castro – Best Choice (IN) – 2021
Janel Moore – New Heights (NY) – 2021
Annaliese Griffin – West Suburban Dream (IL) – 2021
Sophie Sullivan – Chicago Power (IL) – 2022
Aniya Jackson – NDO (NY) – 2022
Skye Owen – iExcel (NJ) – 2022
Katie Ambrose – St. Louis Eagles (MO) – 2022
Lisa Thompson – IL XCitement (IL) – 2023
Xamaya Walton – IL XCitement (IL) – 2024
Boston Berry – OK Lady Thunder (OK) – 2023