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The Troy Giordano Pelican State Extravaganza was loaded with quality players and teams. This year the event featured 44 high school and junior college teams representing Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. This is just a snippet of some of the teams and players that stood out. This is our 2rd year covering this event at InsiderExposure.com and it has not disappointed and gotten better from our first time attending. We definitely look forward to coming back in 2019.
TEAMS THAT STOOD OUT
LAFAYETTE CHRISITIAN, Lafayette, LA
Is an undersized team with a lot of fight in them, they know what they want to do and they make you compete.
Autumn Chaisson (5’8” 2020) sees the floor well can shoot from deep and pass from any spot on the floor.
Bre Porter (6’2” 2019) who is a next level kid that plays hard on both ends of the floor.
Tamera Johnson (5’11” 2020) is another player to watch on this team.
LEE MAGNET HS, Baton Rouge, LA
Has a very high-energy, engaged bench that made the difference and a lot of size that they use well.
Diamond Hunter (5’6” 2020) can score in a bunch of ways, forces turnovers on the defensive end, and definitely a next level kid.
Raegan Williams (5’8” 2019) is a polished senior guard with great instincts.
Makya Spears (6’6” 2020) is a PROJECT with a great upside. She still has some developing to do but with the right mentorship the reward is high. With that said, she does some things very well.
FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE CC, Fort Myers, FL
This team plays hard and is loaded with guards; they went 3-0 this weekend with wins over three very good teams (SW Miss, Angelina, and Hinds).
There is very little fall off in the identity of this team when they start subbing. If you’re a team with a shallow bench then you’re in trouble.
JOHN CURTIS CHRISTIAN, New Orleans, LA
This was one of the deeper teams and played one of the better games of the day.
Jerkaila Johnson (5’9” 2020) is a pressure wing defender who uses her body well to protect the ball.
Salma Bates (5’7” 2019) is a ball player and flat out play maker.
Maya Washington (5’5” 2019) is a small scrappy defender with a quick release.
LaGRANGE HS, Lake Charles, LA
Jeriah Warren (6’0” 2021) has great size and will be a very special player a year from now.
Aasia Sam (5’9” 2021) is a very strong, physical scorer who will definitely play at the next level.
BACKCOURT: Nadailyn Carrier & Alona Gray (both 5’8” 2020) was one of the better backcourts in the gym today, these kids were fighters.
ANGELINA CC, Lufkin, TX
A very complete JUCO team, that gets out and defends well.
Diamond Johnson (6’1” RS FR) fights down low and is not afraid of contact.
Taylor Jacob (5’4” SO) is your classic under-sized JUCO All-American that goes D1 and is an All-Conference player.
Natasha Mack (6’4” SO) plays inside and out, has good hands too.
OUACHITA HS, Monroe, LA
A really young, talented, and deep team with good size; if the feeder middle school in their area has any players they will be good for a really long time.
MANSFIELD HS, Mansfield, LA
ShaKahia Warmsley (5’7” 2020) is the player you notice right away. You walk in the gym and immediately notice that she is a ball player.
Taylor Dewitt (5’10” 2019) is college ready and can defend without fouling.
Peyton Peoples (5’7” 2020) can handle the ball and shoot the three ball.
BENTON HS, Benton, LA
Did not take their foot off the gas and won in a very lop-sided victory.
Jada Anderson (5’2” 2021) is very aggressive on both ends of the floor.
Dana Wainwright (5’7” 2020) is a guard that rebounds well.
Tequaza “Qua” Chambers (5’6” 2020) had the best performance on the team. Can get to the rim and shoot from the perimeter.
HINDS CC, Utica, MS
Experienced a huge loss with the departure of their Head Coach and entire coaching staff but you can’t tell judging by all of the talented players on their roster. They play together and support each other; meanwhile, the bench is fully engaged in the action of the game.
DeJa Moore (5’7” 2019), Antrell Gates (6’1” 2020), and Chrishonda Montgomery (5’6” 2020) are flat out ball players.
Sorden Davis is a correspondent for InsiderExposure.com, the low-cost leader in grassroots girls’ basketball. He has been covering and assisting in the delivery of events for Insider Exposure for the past four years. His coaching experience spans across the NCAA Division I, II, and scholastic levels. Follow him on twitter @FlyOnTheWallWBB.