Let talk about educating the youth. we have seen a lot of Basketball over the years and have watched it evolve into something special. In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Basketball camps were there to educate the players and take that information home to develop. Summer Basketball has turned into playing too many games and the focus on development has been lost. There was a time when players would go into the off-season, work on their development during the summer time, and kids couldn’t wait to get back to school to show off their moves that they spent months practicing.
The culture of Basketball has gotten away from working on weaknesses to solely focusing only on strength. As a whole, those who coach and teach the sport of Basketball need to get back to developing the basics of teaching instead of encouraging players to key on on specific skills sets to advance to the next level. Many no longer want to “teach” the sport of Basketball anymore. The focus is now to “coach” only those considered “elite” to win trophies and highlight showcase camps.
On August 27th, we hosted the Heavy Hitters Club camp where 60 of the top girls Basketball players in the Southern Region (TX, OK, AR, LA, NM, TN,MS) came to get educated and push their development to the next level.
Here is a list of players, and based solely on their performance at this camp, are their rating:
- 2017 Kayla Wells – Kyla pushes the envelope with her versatility on defense with holding smaller Guards and in pushing the ball in the open court, taking the right shot and understanding how to be a leader to the younger players.
- 2017 Baylor Commit Trinity Oliver is just able to make plays, that mid-range game is beautiful with her great size and athletic ability. Trinity is able to make contact, and defensively, is able to lock up on a bigger or smaller opponents.
- 2018 Madison Williams – You can tell that Madison loves the game in the way that she plays the big Guard position with great athleticism. It is easy to tell that she has been working on her shooting development over the summer. She is able to make strong moves to the basket with someone on her shoulder and make it look quite impressive.
- The Gordon sisters, 2017 UConn commit Lexi Gordon and sister Myra Gordon – Lexi came out with guns blazing using her deep range shot, letting people know why she will be attending UConn for her collegiate Basketball career. Myra has game of her own, showing off her slashing ability getting to the rack and finishing with the floater and pull up game.
- 2018 Oklahoma State Committ Ja’mee Asbury– Ja’Mee gave a glimpse as to what is to come when she gets to OSU. She showed us a lot on defense along with her Point Guard skills creating for others and mixing up people in one-on-one scenarios.
- 2018 Alex Crain – Alex had a strong appearance over the summer in tournament play. Alex came into the camp with the intent to show us her versatility in her game development executing different ways to score and passing. Alex is able to shoot the deep 3three-pointer and able to stop anyone that she was defending. With her strong physique and athletic ability she is able to bully her way through situations
- 2018 Nya Irving – Nya is from Jackson, MS gave a lot of people a run for their money showed them what Mississippi is all about with her change of speeds, and her pull-up game in transition.
- 2020 Emani Jenkins – Let’s just say she is a scorer and can do whatever she wants when she is determined to score. Emani has great length and is very athletic.
- 2018 Diamond Wilcox – Diamond has great size and I love her slashing ability. She knows how to run in the open court and capitalize on the small things. She also has shown that she has depth to her game.
- 2018 Lauryn Thompson – Lauryn made it look easy with her ability to working in the high/low either for herself or for others. She has a great mid-range shot and is not afraid to knock down a three-pointer. Able to run the floor on offense and defense which makes her a dangerous player for other Power Fowards and Centers.
- 2017 Morgan Brightwell – Morgan is a sleeper athlete. She has nice height, a nice length, and is able to defend. She has a great mid-range jumper, is able to shoot the three, and possesses fundamental handles that can get the job done.
- 2017 Kityana Ogoke-Daiz – Kityana was placed in a room full of players that have played at a high level, but, she showed that she is just as capable to ball at that level as the others were. She has relentless defense, as well as, a right-to-left crossover with her left hand that is hard to stop.
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