UTLB – Shoot Your Shot

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Happy New Year, everyone! As we proceed into 2018, another standard has been set for Grassroots Basketball! Adrian Mercado Director of UTLB, hosted his 1st Annual Shoot Your Shot Tournament. Adrian truly put together a quality event!

Adrian brought together the fantastic four-She’s Up Global, Premier Basketball Report, She’s Ballin and Texas Truth-which are four of the seven major Scouting services in Girls Basketball In Texas.

There was a lot of talent in this tournament! One of the biggest things in Middle School Basketball is the potential. Potential is like playdough – if you don’t mold it the right away, it will will dry up.  Parents, do not get caught up in write-ups in Tweets about your athlete! They have to work harder to get better. If you start feeding into all the hype, your child will not meet their maximum. Keep your child hungry and help them to keep an open minded so that they will not hit developmental ceilings!

Let’s go ahead and cut to the chase!

Team Performance: Wanted to talk about DFW Hawks coached by Derrelle King. He showed us a west tx style of play with his team. The girls understood swinging the ball, rotated on the weakside and executing that play. Very fundamentally sound playing to their strengths, love how he coach up the girls.

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2022
GUARD
Carleigh is a potential Diana Taurasi. She’s a big guard that has the ability to score. You can tell she listens to the details of coaching instruction.
2022
GUARD
Sa’Myah is another big guard that can do a lot of smooth things with a whole lot of length. You can tell she was being conservative with her game, but she was still effective. She reminds me of Chamique Holdsclaw.
2022
GUARD
Call the cops! She has a gun! Kailee was not afraid of letting the ball go from the arc and it was from deep! With her big size, I would love to see her body control and passing game improve.
2022
GUARD
I just different didn’t know that Kyla was that long! The way that she went by players with the 1st step, with putting the ball in front of her, gave her the advantage to get by the defender. Keep getting quicker and show that mid-range jumper more!
2022
GUARD
Heaven is a combo guard that can lock up on defense. The right-to-left cross is her signature move. She was able to get to the areas she wanted and showed excellent decision making on her shot selection. Finishing more with the floater will make her a dangerous.
2022
Combo
Had a great showing at the She's Ballin Event. She came out aggressive attacking the basketball and playing the angles on defense against faster guards.
2023
GUARD
Sahvani has speed and you can tell she loved the transition. We previously asked her if we could see her change speed during transitions. All of sudden, we began to see different combinations of efficient moves to the bucket with great finishes.
2022
Young player with an old mentality. As we sat back and watched her with she was slashing at will, which gave her opportunities to create for other players. We couldn't understand why they could stop her from going right.
2023
Hailey is different type of player with an arsenal of shots. I enjoyed watching how she locked up on defense and the way that she pulled in kill box for the mid-range. Hailey is still growing, so she will continue to be a deadly threat when she gets older.
2025
GUARD
Aaliyah is a “work horse”. You can tell that she is not afraid of hard work. You can see that she is hard on herself because she loves to compete at a high level. We all know that can be a blessing and a curse. In this case, it will balance out because she is young and she’s able to do quite a few things.
2022
Power Forward/Small Foward
You will not be able to put her in one category. Her length makes her a destraction on D. She has a nice 15ft, able to put the ball down confortable in transition. She will be on of the most versitile players coming out of TX, if she continue working.
2023
GUARD
We know basketball, and we know Point Guards. She is another player coming out of the TX area who will be a good PG in the making. She makes the right passes in transitions and in the half court.
2025
GUARD
Well, we could talk about her foundation in the sport. I mean, it’s nothing too big, just that her mom played at UT Austin and was known for being one of the most talented players to be a Lady Longhorn. L.A. is, and will be, a different player than her mom, though. L.A. has a different hunger for the game. She wants it all. She is a scoring guard who is not just about getting the team involved, but, she will give players that PAT PAT off the dribble with a knock it down, in your face shot. She has no ceilings because of her hunger is to only get better and better.
2023
GUARD
Vivian is a small package with a big bang! She loves the behind the back wrap-around. To be her size, she knows how to use her length when playing. At Point, she sees the floor pretty well. I would love to see her be more vocal at all times.
2025
Smh! Isabella she just don’t care! Ms. Palmer is coming at you with everything she has without any hiccups to her game. She is efficient for such an early age, getting to the basket with a functional attack dribble, but, without over-dribbling. It gives her a “wow” factor for her age. She has the razzle dazzle in her game for the fun, but, the biggest part is that she is doing it in the flow of the game and it doesn’t take away from her ability to produce on the court.
2022
GUARD
We think that Ayanna can fly because of her long wing span. She gave different glimpses of her game. She can rebound, deflecting passes, push the ball and shoot the floater.
2023
GUARD
Emilia has that Basketball IQ. What she can’t do a very versatile player, game the mid-range game away for free showing us her inner Mya Moore. I would love to see her come off the dribble into a more fluid shot.
2022
GUARD
Jiya is a big guard that has developed a “Varsity” body already. You can tell that she is not afraid to put players on the hip to draw the foul or take them out the equation to have a 5-on-4 game in the half-court. Jiya’s drive is to pull the three-shot from the parking lot. What showed her maturity on the drive was her coming off of two feet to keep balanced.
2023
GUARD
I love what she did in the games, showing different things on the drive and passing. Her transition game reminded me a young Jordan McLemore (NJ Sparks) who’s going to Hartford this year.
2022
GUARD
Another player that comes from a basketball foundation as her father was Mr. Dallas played College and Pro. Some of the things that are different about Breanna is that she is a navigator who knows how to direct and execute. Her slashing style is of a Boys game because she uses the pro-hop more than the Euro Step like many young female players try to use all of the time.
2023
GUARD
Mackenzie loves to slash to basket for the lay-up, and her on-ball defense is really good. Once she comes into her body, she will be a great finisher.
2022
FOWARD
Amina will be too much to handle standing at 6’3. She’s athletic with a versatile game, and to know that she will do more than what she can do now, is scary. I saw quite a few things with rebounding and pushing the ball in transition. The biggest thing is that she can move from playing Guards to Forwards with no trouble.
2022
GUARD
There are times when you are put in a group where you are the dominate player, and at times, it can be frustrating. The signs of a true leader, is when the odds are against you and you find the best in players. Michayla responded well after a conversation was used to analyze and find her strengths to get the better. You could tell that she jumped right on the instruction by communicating with her teammates to put them positions to score baskets.
2023
GUARD
Maaaaannn this girl can play and she is just a 2023! Smh! Her handles are something like a player from the park, but she is efficient with the ball, not over dribbling and just getting things done. She’s a pure scoring Point Guard. Keep your hunger for game, Crislyn, and don’t peak out.
2022
GUARD
Kayla is just real quick to be 6’4. She is new to the game and has been thrown in the right fire to grow. Put her on your radar soon as she will be coming out of the dark
2023
GUARD
Kendyle is a big guard that’s goes off of pure instinct. She’s an athlete that has all of the tools to hone for the future. As long as she doesn’t settle for what she can do, she will turn heads in the future.
2022
GUARD
She has a big purse full of dimes and she does not mind giving them away. It didn’t matter where she was on the court, it was funny to watch her make passes because some of the girls were not ready to catch them. However, there were some that were executed perfectly.
2023
WING
A versatility player, that has attributes like a Keith Van Horn. Her ability to put the ball on the floor, plus finding the right.
2023
Guard/UTLB
TX
Aliyah will be another shooter for the DFW area. The rhythm of her shot is smooth and I got to watch go 3 for 3 from the 3! I will keep my eye on her for sure. I would start now with learning how to shoot off the dribble, coming off screens and in transition.

 

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