PRINCETON, N.J. — The second annual ATG Hoops Fall Showcase took place at the Stuart School in Princeton N.J. The event saw talent from seven states; Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia make trips to the Garden State to participate. Here is a look at several of the camps standouts.
By: Keil Moore
Alliya Butts (Edgewater Park, N.J.) — Holy Cross – 2014
There is a premium for kids that can make an impact on the game on both offense and defense. There are an abundance of prospects that can impose their will on one side of the ball while leaving much to be desired on the other. We have seen shooters that struggle defending or lockdown defenders who are liabilities on offense. Junior point guard Alliya Butts of Edgewater Park, N.J., doesn’t fit that mold. At 5-foot-4, Butts is a bit undersized, but her feistiness and ability to disrupt opposing ball handlers on the defensive end makes her an asset to any team. More than anything she is a ball hawk, finding ways to get her hands in passing lanes. She couples that ability with the quickness to keep people in front of her when she is guarding the ball.
help write essay online Offensively Butts has become a more than capable playmaker for others. She is finding teammates in transition as well as in the halfcourt and is good at getting the ball out of her hands without over dribbling. When a possession becomes stagnant she can use her athletic ability to create dribble penetration and break a defense down, affording her the opportunity to either score or distribute depending on the situation. There is a certain level of balance in Butts’ game that is a calming effect to her team when she is running the point. As she continues to grow and understand the position better, she will be able to maximize these effects and really strengthen any lineup she is apart of.
Myisha Hines-Allen (Montclair, N.J.) — Montclair – 2014
One of the intriguing trends headed towards women’s basketball in the next decade is the emergence of the “do-it-all” hybrid forward. We see this littered throughout men’s basketball with players like Lamar Odom, Kevin Durant, and Lebron James making size and versatility a welcomed commodity. In the women’s game it is easy to look at Candace Parker, Kayla Pederson and even Danielle Adams as the first wave. Myisha Hines- Allen of Montclair, N.J. has the ability to bring that type of skill set to the game. Now to be clear, we aren’t comparing her game to the likes of the aforementioned NBA and WNBA stars just yet, but we are comparing her skill who will write my essay for me set and ability to impact the game to the likes of well rounded forwards with elite size and athleticism. This weekend the 6-2 forward showed off her ballhandling ability, her back to the basket skills, and the extended range on her jump shot. This combination of factors made her a match-up nightmare on this Saturday in New Jersey as we assume she will continue to be going forward.
Arianna Freeman (Manassas ,Va.) — Paul VI — 2014
A 5-11 wing, Arianna Freeman of Manassas, Va., brings energy and competitiveness to the floor every time we see her. This weekend in Princeton was no different. Freeman, who has verbally committed to West Virginia, was impressive with her ability to make plays on either side of the ball. She spent as much energy and effort making her opponents work on offense as she did trying to score on them on the other side of the floor.
Sayawni Lassiter (Boston, Ma.) — Newton North – 2017
We had an influx of impressive talent go head-to-head this weekend, and one of the strongest parts of camp was the core of young talent that we were able to watch and work with. Sayawni Lassiter of Boston, Mass., is a young guard that turned heads with her play. Lassiter is a 5-8 combo guard with a knack for attacking the basket and getting into the lane. For a player her age she has a nice feel for the jfk assassination research paper game and how to play with and without the basketball. After catching the young guard this weekend, it will be fun to watch Lassiter continue to develop going forward.
Two of the better post players in the Northeastern part of the country in the class of 2014 are 6-3 Erin Garner of Trenton, N.J., and 6-1 Lauren Moses, of Mount Holy, N.J. This weekend we were able to see the two standouts go head-to-head on numerous occasions. Both players showed that they could hold their own and make plays against formidable competition.
We saw 2013 point guard Brianna Logan of Mount Holly, N.J. and 2014 forward Jada Matthews of Sicklerville, N.J., at this event last year. With another year under each player’s belt, it was fun to see how much they have developed and polished their skills.
We had a number of promising wing players in camp this weekend. Junior Dominique Ward of Mount Holly, N.J., senior Jasmyne Lewis of Camden, N.J., junior Aminah Farmer of Lansdowne, Pa., and sophomore Rutgers commit Aliyah Jeune of West Ampton, N.J., are all quality prospects on the perimeter.
Keil Moore is the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report – a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. He also is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org