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Apopka, FL – Hurricanes usually don’t yield positive results, but due to Hurricane Irma, the Comin’ for the #1 Spot Showcase was re-scheduled and relocated which gave me the opportunity to attend. Living here in Florida, I already knew some of the participants going in, which helps making evaluating a bit easier. It’s also nice to see some familiar faces. Really appreciate Tony Perkins for hosting the event & getting so many great players under 1 roof.
My All-Showcase Team –
High School –
Ja’Miyah Bryant – 2021 – 6’1 F – Pensacola Lightning – A long lanky athlete, Bryant was fearless on drives to the rim and scoring from the perimeter. She’s still somewhat raw, but the upside is real.
O’Mariah Gordon – 2021 – 5’5 PG – Florida Future – Unanimously the #1 player there. Her explosiveness makes her unstoppable off the bounce and she’s got a smooth stroke on her jumpshot. Her laid back demeanor and unselfish attitude really stood out as she let other players on her team get their shine. On top of that she made every effort to make extra passes and get her teammates the ball when she could have scored herself every possession.
Bella Weary – 2021 – 5’5 CG – Jax Hawks – One of the top athletes at the event, Bella has a great motor and she really understands the concept of running the floor. She had a ton of transition baskets, just by taking off the split second her teammates secured a defensive rebound. Also a great active defender, who gets steals and can really get after it on the ball.
Carlysia Santiago – 2020 – 5′ PG – Team Evans – Tiny guard, her size could easily fool you into thinking she’s not a legit player. That opinion changes quickly once you watch her with the ball. She’s fast, handles the ball like it’s on a string and is able to move the ball around enough in the air to avoid getting her shot blocked on drives to the rim.
Nabaweeyah McGill – 2020 – 6’2 Post – Essence – Strong physical post player, McGill was a powerful rebounder, who was able to grab offensive rebounds and stick them back in with either hand. Without question the top post player in the HS portion of the event.
Honorable Mention –
Kaiya Riley-Guzman – 2019
Trinity Nickens – 2021
Misha Oneal – 2018
Alexandrya Myers – 2019
Khadija Chambless – 2019
Tajah Spaulding-Jenkins – 2021
Middle School –
Aspen Johnson – 2022 – 5’10 CG – Wellington Wolves – Was the tallest player on her team, but played mostly on the ball. Really impressed on the defensive end, picking off numerous passes with her athleticism.
Ajalon Gillard – 2022 – 5’8 CG – Hoop Dreams Elite – Really knows the game, always has her head up when she has the ball, very good passer, team player, good size at the position, one of the top all around players at the event.
Amiya Evans – 2022 – 6’2 F – Team Evans – Long and lanky player, looks raw but has great footwork, catches the ball and faces the basket, great 10-12 feet away from the rim where she can take 1 dribble and explode to the rim. Can finish with both hands and is getting up close to the rim on finishes. Aggressive rebounder.
Keyara Bromley – 2023 – 5’8 G – Essence – Skilled player with versatile game. Can finish on the inside but plays a perimeter position. Can shoot the 3 ball and finish thru contact. One of the top 7th graders in Florida.
Eleecia Carter – 2023 – 5’7 PG – CFE – Was arguably the top passer amongst the middle school group. Really nice athlete and dropped some serious dimes by keeping her head up at all times. Active defensive player, steals led to some easy baskets for her team.
Skylar Thompson – 2022 – 5’7 CG – Hoop Dreams Elite – One of my favorite players at the event, I really enjoyed watching Thompson. She was a great all around player….defended, handled, passed and shot it well. Played with great confidence. She did almost everything well.
Jordyn Bryd – 2023 – 6’3 Post – Essence – Great size and build for a 7th grader, runs the floor really well already. Rebounds with authority, has huge upside.
Olivia Delancey – 2022 – 5’10 F – Undecided/TBA – Nice powerful athletic frame, somewhat raw from the perimeter, but made a 3, and got to the rim on drives and in transition. So she’s displaying some guards skills and has the versatility to play inside and out.
Honorable Mention –
Nia Santiago – 2023
Ashley Thornton – 2022
Lauren Stewart – 2022
Rylee Texter – 2022
Leah Barnes – 2023
Alyssa Avrach – 2022
Kaylee Gumina – 2023
Princess Hester – 2022
Sophya Barriero – 2023
Casey Joe Lewis – 2022