BLACKTOP AAU/HS/COLLEGE WIRE EXPRESS
BY; Silverio Ford
The Atlantic Coast Conference is the new Benchmark for talent as a conference in the 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes and beyond.Getting USA Team members Diamond Deshields;Stephanie Mavunga;Kai James;Kaela Davis;Taya Reimer;Alisha Gray;Oreah Chidom;Rebecca Greenwell;Jessica Washington;Lexie Brown;Sidney Umeri and Lindsey Allen out of the 2013 class and top prospects in the 2014 class with:Brianna Turner;Myisha Hines-Allen;Jamie Cherry;Sierra Calhoun;Mariya Moore;Zaire ONeal;Chania Ray;Mikayla Venson;Ariana Freeman and Chole Jackson the future of the ACC is very bright.
UCLA head coach Cari Close assistant coach Shannon Perry and staff have done a great job on the recruiting trails with top notch commitments in the 2014 class the Lady bruins are in a really good position as a program.
The best move of the summer was the hiring of Mark Mitchell as an assistant coach at Ohio State. First year head coach Kevin McGuff made a power move and added coach Mitchell to the staff. Soon after the program received a huge verbal commitment from the No.1 prospect in the country Kelsey Mitchell a dynamite 5-8 guard who happens to be the newly hired assistants daughter.Although Coach Mitchell is a qualified and experienced basketball coach very seldom does a boys high school basketball head coach go on to a women’s collegiate basketball assistant coaching position. The program also managed to get verbal commitments from Alexa Hart 6-3;Makayla Waterman 6-3 and Chelsea Mitchell 5-11 also Mitchell’s daughter.
The Rose Classics Fall league located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn,New York is a great platform for girls high school basketball teams to get in gear for the upcoming season.
ROSE CLASSIC NEW YORK 2013 FALL LEAGUE TOP BAYOU BRACKET:
New Jersey Sparks-Elite
Life Center Academy-NJ
Rose Classic Fall League
New England CrUsaders VS New York City Heat 9:30
Life Center Academy-NJ VS Riverdale Baptist-MD 2:30
Team Final-NJ VS Archbishop Wood-PA 2:30
Exodus NYC VS St Anthony’s-NY 3:30
D1 Bound-NY VS Riverdale Baptist-MD 4:30
St Anthony’s-NY VS Life Center Academy-NJ 6:30
NY Belles VS Team Final-NJ 5:30
D1 Bound-NY VS St Anthony’s-NY 7:30 (9-15-13)
NAPLES SHOOTOUT TEAMS OF NOTE:
Incarnate Word Academy-MO
Key Players:Napheesa Collier 6-2 JR/Nakia Bell 5-6 SR/McKeena Trace 6-4 SR/Gwen Adams 6-foot SR/Chastity Franklin 5-7 SR
Collier is one of the top 2015 prospects in the country, she is also coming off of a great summer .Bell is committed to Iowa State and runs the show.Trace committed to Kansas State respectively is a top flight high school post with good hands,rebounds well and can finish around the basket.Southern-Illinois commit Adams is the consummate solid glue player.
Sasha Dailey 5-9 SR/Jasmyne Smith 5-8 SR/Tori Easley 6-1 SR/Marquelle Williams 6-1 SR/Keasja Peace 6-2 So
Akienreh Johnson 5-11 So/Brelynn Hampton-Bey 5-7 FR
Johnson and Hampton-Bey are both committed to Michigan and are as dynamic and as athletic as any high school prospects in the country.Dailey committed to Eastern Michigan and Smith are the senior guards.Upfront Easley is the most polished and is also a Eastern Michigan commit. Williams also a forward is headed to Lamar andPeace is a young and promising Forward/Post prospect.
St Pius X Catholic-GA
Jasmine Carter 5-8 SR/Asia Durr 5-10 JR
Carter committed to Georgia is a skilled combo guard that plays well in the back-court with Durr a Nationally ranked guard and USA U16 Team member and MVP.
Key Players: Zoe Goss 5-8 SR/Kennedy Burke 6-foot JR
Burke is an elite guard wing prospect with a high competitive motor.Goss is the ideal high school guard and a mid-major prospect.
Crystal Dangerfield 5-5 SOPH PG/Jamasha Johnson 5-11 JR/Micah Norris 5-11 SR
Dangerfield is a top flight PG, poised and seasoned as high school Soph she is a USA U16 Team member.Johnson is an improving junior with good size,length and athleticism.
Paul VI Catholic-VA
Ariana Freeman 5-10 SR/Jonquanae Cole 6-4 JR/Raven James 5-6 So
Freeman committed to Louisville is as good as it gets as a high school guard.Transfer PG Raven James is an elite 2016 prospect and Cole is solid post with good size at 6-foot-3
Key Players:Ryderiah Rogers 6-2 JR/Aliyah Mazyck 5-8 JR/Saadia Timpton 5-8 SR
Rogers is an outstanding forward prospect and the daughter of Rodney Rogers the former Wake Forest and NBA star.Timpton is a Davidson commit and a solid high school guard.Myers Park is lead by Team USA Basketball coach Barbara Nelson.
Key Players:Kayla Rogers 5-9 So/Sierra Shephard 5-9 JR/Taje Brown 5-8 So/Jatavia Tapely 6-1 So/Dayneshia Banks 6-1 FR/Renna Davis 6-1 FR
The lady Trojans play an aggressive fast paced tough style of basketball.Rogers is a skilled sophomore player.Tapely is very wiry and athletic with a good face up game.Shephard is a solid all around player.Banks and Davis are freshman prospects with huge upsides.
The Miami Suns Girls basketball program have been doing big things on the spring,summer circuit winning the Deep South Event,FILA-64 and the AAU Gold Showcase Event in Orlando,FL.
The Mac Irvin Lady Fire girls basketball program was offered to be sponsored by Nike Girls Elite Youth basketball.However, directors at the Chicago based program rejected the sponsorship because they were offered a tier two classification which means less funding and less perks from Nike. Whitney Young high school is a major hub for Nike,its events and prospects.The boys basketball division of Mac Irvin is a huge Nike draw. The girls program has had great success as well with McDonald’s All-American selections,USA Team Members and college prospects all over the country.